Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Distance from Denver: 70mi (~1 hr 30min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~4mi RT ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Easy to Hard (once you pass the 7th Bridge) ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Small lot right near the trailhead ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
Hi everyone! We decided to head down to the Springs again for another hike. With the crazy weather earlier this season, we found ourselves opting to hike down South even more and we found that we loved exploring Colorado Springs. What better way, then, to round out our summer than to hike the #1 rated hike in Colorado Springs, according to All Trails?!…or so we thought.
Dog Friendly Trail: We saw quite a few people hiking with their pups here.
Parking: Try to get to the trailhead as early as you can! The closest parking lot is small, and spots along the side of the road means an intense incline to get to the trailhead ♡
Facilities: None that we saw.
What We Brought: Plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, snacks, and hiking poles.
Drive into Cheyenne Canyon, follow the road all the way to the end, and you’ll find yourself at the trailhead for the Seven ( 7 ) Bridges Trail. The trail is named Seven Bridges because you follow the North Cheyenne Creek and cross seven bridges throughout the hike!
From the trailhead, you hike the path straight (in full sun & with mountain bikers) until you see the metal signpost (pictured above) for trail #622. This is the official start of the trail. I loved that past this point, it was shaded throughout and easy to follow. B and I made a game of counting the bridges and trying to guess when the next one would appear in front of us. We loved that this portion was a nice, easy hike and perfect for families of all ages!
Past the 7th bridge is when things start to get dicey. The well maintained trail quickly turns into pure loose scree and at times felt like we had to scale the side of the canyon similar to a mountain goat. We really did not enjoy this portion of the trail, and the views never really wow’d us. We had a hard time understanding why this was rated the #1 trail in Colorado Springs by AllTrails. Up until the 7th bridge, it’s a great family friendly hike, but if you’re after views (and safety all of the way), we highly suggest Mt. Cutler for an easy trail with the same amazing views.