Beautiful June days are here and it’s time for another hike from our Colorado Bucket List 2017! On this sunny day we headed to North Cheyenne Cañon, home to several hikes, including one of our favorite- Helen Hunt Falls hike.
Take N. Cheyenne Cañon Road into the canon. You will drive past several different hiking trails, pull offs, etc. Drive all the way to the top until it dead ends.
At the very top there is a dirt parking lot. The parking lot is fairly large but fills up quickly. The parking lot is the intersection of High Dr, N Cheyenne Cañon Road, and Gold Camp Rd.
To access the trail head to Seven Bridges trail, there is first a .7 mile hike to the trail head. This portion is Gold Camp Rd (closed to cars) and has a slight incline up towards the trail head. The boys loved running along here and we think we saw fresh mountain lion tracks off of this portion! (Or it was tracks from a large dog 😉 )
The trailhead to Seven Bridges is not marked. This is the sign that you want to look for:
Once you start on the trail, the first bridge appears fairly quickly. There are Seven Bridges that cross over Cheyenne Creek. The boys LOVED it each time they found a bridge! We only made it to the 4th bridge before the boys were done and ready to head back.
The terrain is rocky. I recommend good, sturdy shoes. The total distance is approximately 1.5 miles one way.
HIKING WITH KIDS:
This trail offers so many ways that kids can explore with their 5 senses. We loved listening to the creek and this helped us gauge how close we were to the trailhead. They loved stopping at the water whenever possible to throw rocks into the creek.
While we did not see any wildlife other than insects, there are mountain lions and bears in the area. It is highly recommended that kids stay near and not run ahead. We also make sure to bring a lot of water, snacks, and sunblock.
Not stroller friendly. The toddler either walked or was in the Ergo.
We were able to do this hike with friends (which was so much fun!). Total combined we had 5 boys ages 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2.
***Colorado can get some nasty thunderstorms in the afternoon with a high risk of lightening strikes. I do not advise hiking when thunderstorms are nearby, as we also get pretty severe flash floods.***