Seven Bridges Trail
Use of Trail: Hiking
Length of Trail: 5.78 Miles Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,597 Ft. Gain
Website: For more detailed information, go to https://www.pptrailmaps.com/pages/seven-bridges-trail-in-north-cheyenne-canon-park
Trailhead Directions from I-25:
From I-25 take exit # 140 A or 140 B onto Nevada Avenue. Go south on Nevada Ave for about 0.35 miles and turn west onto W. Cheyenne Blvd. Go 2.75 miles to the intersection of N. Cheyenne Canon Rd. and S. Cheyenne Canon Rd. The Starsmore Discovery Center is located here. Turn right at this intersection onto N. Cheyenne Canon Rd and travel up the winding road for about 3.0 miles until you get to the parking lot at the end of the road (on the left). High Dr. and Lower Gold Camp Rd. begin just past this parking area.
Trailhead Directions from Manitou Springs:
Take Hwy 24 east. Turn right on 21st St. 21st St. will change to Cresta Rd. Go about 3 miles, turn right Cheyenne Blvd. Follow Cheyenne Blvd West for 2.8 miles and turn right onto North Cheyenne Canyon Road. Follow North Cheyenne Canyon Road for 3.2 miles to the large parking lot just beyond the end of the paved road. The trailhead is on the north end of the parking lot. Though this parking lot has been made larger in recent years it can still be packed on a nice day..
Very detailed trail information for the Seven Bridges Trail can be found on POCKET PALS Trail Map #3, which is available for sale at the Manitou Springs Visitor’s Center at 354 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO (719) 685-5089
From parking lot, hike west past large metal gate blocking cars from the trail. The first part of the trail follows a former narrow gauge railroad bed used to haul ore from Cripple Creek to Colorado Springs for processing. On the first bend in the trail look for the Trail 622 marker on the right (near where the creek crosses the railroad bed) and take that path into the forest. This is the beginning of the Seven Bridges Trail. It is not labeled, but there is a sign marking distances.
Bridge 1 comes very early in the trail and is quickly followed by bridge 2. The bridges are all in great shape and the trail is well maintained. The creek constantly cascades down the valley through the rugged terrain, and flows much stronger in the spring than in the fall. The trail is fairly well shaded by the trees the entire way. The hike has a constant and gentle gain that makes it great for a 2 to 3 hour trip. Seven Bridges Trail ends in Jones park where you can take a variety of other trails if you wish to do more hiking.