A rather cool hike in summer, Seven Bridges Trail is very popular among families. The trail is located near Colorado Springs, Colorado in the North Cheyenne Canon Park. It’s a 6.2km loop trail with an elevation gain of 318m.
The trail passes through the North Cheyenne Creek and crosses through the seven bridges after which it is named. It’s not a difficult trail, so it is loved by the families; the kids love it especially those who want to cool down on the hot summer day. You are also allowed to take dogs with you, but you have to keep them on the leash.
To get to the trailhead from the Manitou Springs, Take Hwy 24 east and head left on 21st St. After driving for 3 miles head right to Cheyenne Blvd. Drive for further 2.74 miles to the intersection. When you get to the Starsmore Discovery Center head to the N. Cheyenne Canon Rd. Travel for 3 miles and you will reach the parking lot.
When you have parked your vehicle, hike west and go through the gate to the Gold Camp Road. For the first 0.6 miles, you will follow the narrow railroad bed. When you get to the first bend on the road, you will see trail 622 marker, take that trail. This is where the road ends and the actual trail begins. Soon after you start, you will reach the bridge 1 and just after it is bridge 2.
The trail is well-maintained, although not well-market, and the bridges are in decent condition. The creek constantly follows along the way and it runs much stronger in the spring. The whole trail is fairly shaded by the trees. It’s a 2 to 3-hour hike that gains constant elevation. The trail ends in Jones Park, from where you can return or take other trails if you want to do more hiking.
It’s a heavily hiked trail by both locals and tourists. It’s more crowded in the summer season when people come here to cool down. It’s a fairly easy and short hike, but still, you should take water with you.