This weekend, I hiked the Seven Bridges Trail in with a group of friends and their dogs. It was a very warm Colorado November day – snow is predicted for later this week – and so it was a lovely day for a quick hike before the snow starts to fall.
The Seven Bridges trail is named that because it has, as you may have guessed, seven bridges to cross.
A few quick trail details:
This trail is just under 5 miles if you turn back at the grove of Aspens. It has an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. You can read the details and see a map here.
A quick public service announcement:
Always bring enough water for you and the dogs because they get thirsty too. There is a creek along most of this trail, so the dogs usually drink that water, but if it’s frozen over they may have trouble getting enough water without your help.
This is a great trail to do with kids because they can count the bridges and kids like the bridges. By the time you get to the seventh bridge, most younger kids are ready to turn around and that works out well too. The trail is very well marked up to that point. It gets a little less easy to follow above the bridges with a scree slope, but by looking ahead and keeping an eye on the trail up there, you’ll do fine.
Now … introducing the bridges!
Bridge Number One:
Bridge Number Two:
Bridge Number Three:
Bridge Number Four … didn’t I say it was fun to count the bridges? I think this is my favorite bridge. Who needs the kids, we’ll count the bridges!
Bridge Number Five:
Bridge Number Six:
Bridge Number Seven:
We continued above the bridges for a distance and got to see a lovely view of Colorado Springs with the lovely streaked sky:
In this picture, you can get an idea of the scree slope you cross before heading back into the trees. It’s slippery and you have to pay attention when you are crossing it, but it’s not usually too dangerous. Pay attention and you’ll be fine.
You can tell winter is coming when you see the branches iced over:
Brrr … winter is coming folks!