Little Columbine Falls

Columbine Falls Drops 20’ in two tiers



These un-named falls are farther upstream on Little Columbine Creek   


beta facts:

name- Little Columbine Falls

height- 20’ in two tiers

elevation- 8870’

GPS coordinates- 3638.889’N 10531.313’W

flow- perennial

season- late spring is best but summer and fall are fine

accommodations- none

ownership- Carson National Forest

access- 2-mile hike with the last half mile being an easy bushwhack

nearest town- Questa is 7 miles northwest and Red River is 8 miles to the northeast

fun fact- this is a sweet place


essay bro:

Columbine watershed is splendid… one of my favorites… time will uncover more waterfalls here. Little Columbine Falls is a half-a-mile west up Little Columbine Creek from where trail 71 crosses it, just below Placer Fork.  This off-trail route is a mild and scenic hike thru aspens with some downfall to navigate.  Feel free to print your own copy of my map below.


Little Columbine Falls is a very cool place… quite worthy of a visit.  The falls are pinched in a narrow, granitic slot-canyon, hanging with moss, ferns and lichen… you’ll think you’re in the Pacific Northwest. 


I dream of more falls upstream from here.  Go shoot them and send me copies of your photos so I don’t hafta climb that steep canyon. 


Little Columbine Creek resembles the lushness of North Casa Creek with its many falls near Mora.


See also: Columbine Lake Photos Below this map as well as Courtney Falls and Columbine Falls

Enhanced National Geographic 7.5’ topo map

_______________one mile_______________                   note- the small round, blue dot on the creeks above shows whitewater-cascades that are not falls


Columbine Lake See the map above

Columbine Lake is an old lake that has filled in considerably.  However it is in a beautiful setting a thousand feet below Columbine Mountain.  I am not a Wildlife Biologist… but could beavers be planted here?  It is fed with a strong flowing perennial spring and a few of their favorite trees (aspens) are around… could beavers resurrect Columbine Lake’s original beauty? …or is 10,900’ elevation too high for them...???  


Beavers live at 10,500’ in Lagunitas Lakes… farther north than here…


Also… Look at the extreme right-hand edge of my map up above… those abandon beaver dams are amazingly huge… the biggest I have ever seen.  Beavers could again thrive where they once thrived.  The old dams are up to eight feet high.



Columbine Lake is at the headwaters of the Lake Fork of Columbine Creek.  It is within the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area.


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