Seven Bridges Trail
The Seven Bridges Trail is an epic adventure through the North Cheyenne Creek Canyon lined with woodlands, rock outcroppings, and over seven wood bridges. This versatile fresh air escape can be enjoyed by the whole family, year-round. The next time you find yourself near Colorado Springs, this hike is well worth the detour.
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Route Description for Seven Bridges Trail
The Seven Bridges Trail is a popular excursion, and there is no doubt as to why. Featuring aspen groves, mixed pine forests, creekside views, and charming wood bridges, this trek is anything but dull. As this path travels deep into the Front Range wilderness, it is important to be mindful of mountain lions and bears. This is a revered and busy trail; if you seek a secluded adventure, consider an early morning weekday hike to beat the crowds and secure a spot in the parking lot. Note that the Seven Bridges hike trailhead does not begin from the parking lot. Instead, explorers must park in Lot #18 then trek past the metal gate along Gold Camp Road to the trailhead signposted for Trail #622, the pathway for the Seven Bridges Hike.
Traveling through diverse topographies, there is no shortage of panoramic scenery along the Seven Bridges Trail. Open year-round, this trek attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts, including hikers, runners, mountain bikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers, so don’t hold your breath for a sequestered experience! Immerse yourself in lush woodlands as you venture along the babbling waters of the tributary laden with small yet mesmerizing cascades. Voyaging along the stream, through mixed woodlands, and past orange-colored outcroppings, there are countless photo opportunities, so make sure you charge up your camera! Reconnect with nature and let the fresh air fill your lungs as you trek the family-friendly and local favorite—Seven Bridges Trail.
Embark on your journey on the Seven Bridges Hike from Parking Lot #18 off Gold Camp Road. From here, track the Gold Camp Road west, past the metal gate to the trailhead signposted for Trail #622. Departing from this trailhead, the Seven Bridges Trail will immediately guide eager explorers over the first bridge! Enjoy the sights of North Cheyenne Creek gurgling below and let the meditative sounds relax you. Continue trekking through the mixed pine forestlands, and you will soon cross over the second bridge. Following the curves of the stream, the route will curve north around an orange-hued cliff and over the next bridge.
As you hike through the river canyon, you will get the odd sight of the mountains peeking through the tree break. Weaving between aspen groves, spruce, and pine forests, you will be rewarded with golden leaves in the fall months that warrant a photoshoot. Continue along the Instagram-worthy trail, over the fourth and fifth bridge. Gradually climbing the terrain will become increasingly rocky and steep as you near the end of the route. Mind your footing on the uneven path, and you will soon travel over your last two bridges along the Seven Bridges Trail. Finally, you will reach the trail’s end at an intersection with the Forest Service Trail 622A. At this point, turn around and retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Seven Bridges Trail?
The Seven Bridges Hike is a 5.6 km out-and-back adventure near Colorado Springs.
Are dogs allowed on the Seven Bridges Trail?
Yes, dogs on leash are permitted on the Seven Bridges Hike.
Is the Seven Bridges Hike free?
Yes, there is no fee required to hike the Seven Bridges Trail.
Where do I park for the Seven Bridges Trail?
Parking for the Seven Bridges Trail is off Gold Camp Road at Lot #18.
Insider Hints for Seven Bridges Trail
- Enjoy this trek year-round with a pair of snowshoes in the winter months
- Arrive early to secure a parking spot in the lot
- Make this trek an exciting overnight expedition and disperse camp along the trail
- Pack a lunch and have a picnic on the banks of North Cheyenne Creek
- Wear sturdy footwear, the path is rocky and even in sections
Getting to the Seven Bridges Trail Trailhead
The Seven Bridges Hike departs from Lot #18 off Gold Camp Road.
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