Narrow Gauge Trail

Length of Hike: 7.2 miles (one way to Cascade Falls)

Difficulty: Easy

This historic trail follows the old narrow gauge railroad line from St. Elmo to Nathrop and is a great choice for those seeking an easy and flat hike with mountain scenery. The gentle out and back route runs along the north side of Chalk Creek and climbs slowly through forests and along the base of Mt. Antero (14,289 ft). Enjoy stunning views of the Chalk Cliffs as you pass over Wrights Lake.

Approximately half way up the trail you will see Agnes Vaille Falls. This trail best depicts the majestic Chalk Cliffs, especially in the early morning or late afternoon – Spring is the best time to hike.


 Directions to Narrow Gauge Trail

This trail is 1.2 miles west of Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort on CR 162. Turn left on CR 290 – the road will end in the parking lot which is also the site of the trailhead.

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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