AAC Family & Friends Hike

June 20, 2015 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Seven Bridges Falls
2120 North Cheyenne Canyon Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Deanne Mattice

seven bridges falls

Come and Join Us for a Friends and Family Hike at Seven Bridges Falls!

Join us for another fun family & friends event, hiking in the beautiful Seven Bridges Falls located at the top of N. Cheyenne Canyon Rd at Gold Camp Rd parking lot.

For those who want to caravan, we will meet at 8:45am at the parking lot by Starsmore Discovery Center, 3440 N Cheyenne Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, to caravan to the top parking lot at Gold Camp Rd. as parking up there can be somewhat challenging.

Those who want to only do the Falls hike will caravan together, those who want to continue on to the cabin will caravan together. I was thinking the top of the Falls is a great place to eat a snack together.  Here is a description of the hike:

Seven Bridges Trail 1.6 miles, go back or go to Jonespark 1.6 miles:

Seven Bridges is a popular trail in the Cheyenne Canyon. The trail follows a nice creek with seven wooden bridge crossings along the way. After parking at the trailhead walk through the gate to the Gold Camp Road. Walk an easy 0.7 miles on this former railroad bed. After you reach the 180 degree bend on the road look for the Trail 622 marker on the right. Shortly after you cross the first bridge there will be a trail spur to the right, this is the Buckhorn Cutoff Trail that goes up to Capt. Jacks trail. Enjoy the hike through the canyon as you cross all seven bridges. You will reach the last one after about 1.6 miles. This would be a good place to soak your feet in the water and return back. The other option is to continue on the trail to Jones Park. Those who want to turn around and go down can caravan together to get to your cars at the bottom of the hill. Those who want to continue, will be a second group that can caravan later.

Continuing on the trail you will start climbing a bit and pass Undine Falls on the left. Soon the trail goes through a nasty washed out scree field, so be careful and watch your step here. It gets a little slippery, most mostly okay. Nice views of the city and the canyon open to the east. After you get through the exposed slope you will enter the forest again and reach a point where trail #662A splits from the main trail and takes you up north around the west slope of Mt.Kineo. Once you meet up with trail #667 continue on it through the Jones Park valley for about  0.2 miles. The trail continues the west but if you walk north you will reach the ruins of Louds Cabin. This is a good final spot but feel free to explore the area. The hike might end up longer than noon, depending on the speed of the hikers.

Length: 1.6 miles to the last bridge, round trip 3.2 miles. Additional 1.6 miles to the Louds Cabin, round trip 6.4 miles.

Directions: Coming south on I-25 take exit 140 and get on Cheyenne Blvd via S Tejon St. Drive all the way until you reach Cheyenne Canyon. Drive past Helen Hunt falls until you reach parking lot at intersection with Gold Camp Road. Those who want to caravan, we will meet at the bottom of the hill in the parking lot near Starsmoor Discovery Center, as parking can get crowded up at Gold Camp. (Please, no rain!).

– See more at: http://www.cospringstrails.com/hikes/sevenbridges.html#sthash.u2ZafRbO.dpuf

What to Bring:

Bring snacks, hats, sunglasses and wear sunscreen and sturdy shoes, and a friend! Everyone of all ages is welcome to come! Oh, and be ready to take some beautiful awesome photos!

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