“A wooded trail that follows North Cheyenne Creek with 7 wooden bridges as crossovers.”
— K Keiter
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Teens or boot families (experienced hikers) would really enjoy this trail to the 7 bridges and back. There are many way trails leading to the creek for great family photo ops.
7 Bridges Trail (#622) is open to hikers and mountain bikers. No equestrians or motorized vehicles. Camping along the trails is permitted, but not within 300 ft. of the stream. Campfire permits are not required. If you hike off trail or swim or dive in streams or lakes, you do so at YOUR OWN RISK. Water from streams should be treated before use. Prevent pollution--keep garbage, litter, and foreign substances out of lakes, streams and other water. (All per USFS)
To get to this trail, park in the lot past Helen Hunt Falls at High Drive
and Gold Camp Rd.
You'll need to hike down Gold Camp Rd.
about 0.8 mi to the Seven Bridges Trailhead. It will be off Gold Camp Rd.
on the right side. It is not marked as 7 Bridges Trail, but rather Trail #622 and is managed by USFS Pike National Forest.
7 Bridges Trail (#622) follows North Cheyenne Creek and crosses seven wooden bridges within the first mile. The trail offers nice wooded surroundings and rocky terrain that is moderate in difficulty. This is a heavily travelled path,, with both locals and tourists. There are many way paths venturing to the creek and chances for photo ops as the trail winds its way along the lively stream. At the seventh bridge, most foot traffic turns back and makes this an out and back hike, although 7 Bridges Trail continues on.
After the seventh bridge, follow the (#622) signpost, and the trail will begin to ascend over large rocks and small boulders. The route at this point requires some scrambling and increases to more advanced in difficulty. After about a 400 foot rise, the trail crosses a boulder field with deep scree. Sure footing is necessary as the trail is scanty and the sides are steep.
After about 0.5 mi, the trail reaches back into more timbered land and begins to slightly descend. Shortly, the trail will come to a junction with a connector path that leads to Jones Park Trail (#667)
and with Pipeline Trail (#668)
. Pipeline Trail (#668)
is part of Captain Jack's Trail System.
Flora & Fauna
Timbers include spruce, aspen, and mixed pine.