About: Come join UpaDowna for a FREE (donations always welcome!) family friendly SPUR hike on February 22nd. Led by our Family Activities Director Sarah DiPasquale, this will be a great opportunity for families with babies to elementary age children to connect with local families, discover a new trail, and enjoy getting outside.
We will meet in front of the Starsmore Discovery Center at 10am. Here we will give our little hikers a “Bird Spy Bingo” sheet and go on a 1.5 mile hike, letting everyone explore along the way. After our hike we will gather to make sunbutter pinecone bird feeders that everyone can take home. Please note that Starsmore Discovery Center is not open, so there are no bathrooms or water available.
Please bring water and be prepared for cooler temperatures. This is a great hike for families and dogs on leashes. Should we have snow or ice be prepared with traction devices or trekking poles to help with stability (we will have some on hand to borrow).
Remember in most types of weather, we will hike. There is no such thing as poor weather, only poor clothing choices. Suggestions of items to wear/bring are: hat, gloves, sturdy hiking shoes, warm socks, face cover, layers of clothing, water, snacks.
Trail Name/Park: Lower Columbine Trail, North Cheyenne Canyon
Location: Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Length: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 300ft
Trail Type: Out-and-back, NOT stroller friendly
Skill Level: Beginner
Topic/Activity Covered: “Bird Spy Bingo” & Sunbutter Pinecone Bird Feeders
Dogs?: Yes, allowed on leash. Please bring doggy doo bags and water for them.
Trail Map: Click this link to view Map
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
From I-25 take the Tejon/Nevada Exit (Exit 140)
- Head south on Nevada Ave (away from downtown Colorado Springs)
- Turn right at Cheyenne Road (there’s a McDonalds and a Safeway on the corner)
- Proceed several miles to Starsmore Discovery Center, at the entrance to Cheyenne Canyon.
Meetup Location: Starsmore Discovery Center
Waiver: click here to sign the hiking waiver ahead of time
In simple terms, UpaDowna’s mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all. Staying true to our mission, we will still continue to offer activities and programs that are free and open to everyone. However, more and more similar interest groups have organically started to pop up within our organization. Enter our “SPUR” groups. SPUR stands for “Similar Paths United by Recreation”. Many participants find out at our programs that they have something in common; they are single parents, or maybe dog lovers, or possibly they just moved to Colorado. Stay tuned for additional SPUR activities!