Last weekend, A and I took Po out for a hike since we failed at camping in Aspen the day before. Seven Bridges trail is within North Cheyenne Park on the south side of Colorado Springs. Stratsmore Discovery Center is at one of the entrances to the park. The parking lot to the trail head is right down the road from Helen Hunt Falls, so if the lot is full, you can park there. Once parked travel down the old dirt road behind the gate about 3/4 of a mile. The trail is off the road, with a line marker labeled 622.
The hike itself is about 3 miles long and – you guess it – crosses seven bridges before it ends. The trail actually continues on past the seventh bridge and splits. We attempted the right fork but it went along the side of the mountain and was very sandy. Po wanted to walk on the outside of the trail, causing small landslides off the side, so we turned around and came back.
We got to the parking lot a little before 9 am and pretty much made a new parking spot – because a. there are no ‘defined’ parking spaces and b. people park like crap so I suggest you get there as early as possible. There are constantly people coming and going, so if you wait just a few minutes, you may be able to snag the spot of someone leaving.If you are wanting a family- and – dog friendly hike with plenty of rest (the bridges seem to come at just the right time!) then I recommend Seven Bridges. Just remember to leash your dog, bring bags for any poo he/she might take and bring plenty of water!