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    Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail

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    Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail

    The Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail is an amazing adventure in North Cheyenne Cañon Park. This epic adventure warrants breathtaking panoramas of the Seven Falls, a 55 m set of seven cascades that surge between the towering cliffs of the South Cheyenne Canyon. This incredibly scenic hike is a must-add to your Colorado hiking itinerary.

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    Route Description for Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail

    The Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail is a breathtaking adventure. With ample awe-inspiring scenery to explore, this trek is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, so it is often busy, notably in the summer months. Unfortunately, there is no parking at the falls, so explorers will have to park at Norris Penrose event center off Lower Gold Camp Road and take the shuttle to the trailhead. There is a paid tram service from the trailhead up to the falls, but this is first reserved for those with physical limitations. Note while parking is free of charge, those who wish to explore the falls are subject to a fee, which typically costs $16USD per adult. The 224 steps up to the observation deck above the cascades prove taxing, but we can guarantee the memorable panoramas are well worth the effort.

    Often referred to as ‘The Grandest Mile of Scenery' in Colorado, the approach to the Seven Falls builds anticipation and excitement. The only waterfall in Colorado to earn a spot on the National Geographic’s list of International Waterfalls, you know these cascades are something special. Climb up the vertiginous steps along the seven cascades before ascending to Inspiration Point. Exhibiting vistas of the dramatic Pillars of Hercules and the verdant South Cheyenne Canyon, there is no question as to why this hike is considered one of the most picturesque in the state. We love this trek, and like so many others, we know you will too.

    Embark on the captivating journey along the Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail from the trailhead and ticket booth at South Cheyenne Canyon Road and Mesa Avenue. From here, hike west on the paved South Cheyenne Canyon Road. Traveling along ‘The Grandest Mile of Scenery’, the Pillars of Hercules will come into view, which frames the narrow, towering walls of the South Cheyenne Canyon. Eventually, the path will open to the falls, revealing jaw-dropping sights of the seven distinct cascades cutting through the granite. Pass the restaurant and gift and begin your climb up the steps.

    Ascending the orange-hued canyon walls, you will be granted an up close and personal view of the surging cascades. Take your time and mind your footing on the vertigo-inducing staircase. Eventually, you will tackle the 224 steps to the Eagles Nest Lookout after much exertion. From here you will be left dumbfounded looking down at the feat you just conquered. Revel in the sights of the famous cascades below and notice those resembling ants exploring the canyon floor. After taking plenty of photos, it is time to begin the final leg of your adventure. Now trekking south along the Midnight Falls Trail, you will shortly confront an intersection. Here, keep left, and you will be diverted onto the Inspiration Point Trail.

    Now hiking northeast, you will pass another overlook of the verdant canyon and the falls that pour over the granite. Soon you reach Inspiration Point. Here you will be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the Front Range peaks that line the horizon in the west, the dramatic orange-colored corridor dotted with lush pines in the north and the plains in the east. The diversity of the scene will astound you; admire the beauty of the Colorado wilderness before beginning your return. Retrace your footing along the path back down the seemingly never-ending staircase to the canyon floor and back to the trailhead when you are ready.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long is the Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail?

    The Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Hike is a 4.8 km out-and-back adventure near Colorado Springs.

    Are Seven Falls worth the visit?

    The answer to this question is subjective, but yes, the Seven Falls are worth visiting. The sights of the 181ft cascades are truly breathtaking.

    Can you swim at Seven Falls?

    No, swimming is prohibited at Seven Falls.

    Do the Seven Falls light up?

    Yes, the Seven Falls light up in the evening, typically after 5:30 PM.

    Insider Hints for Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail

    • Pack plenty of water, the 224 steps up to the Eagles Nest Lookout will tire you.
    • Head to the falls at night to experience the cascades all lit up!
    • Pack lunch and have a picnic atop Inspiration Point overlooking the beautiful scenery.
    • After the snowfalls strap on a pair of microspikes or snowshoes.
    • Charge up your camera, this panoramic trek warrants countless photo opportunities.

    Getting to the Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail Trailhead

    The Seven Falls to Inspiration Point Trail departs from the trailhead at the intersection of South Cheyenne Canyon Road and Mesa Avenue.

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      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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      Out and back

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