Seven Bridges Trail and Mt. Buckhorn Trail

Date: 12/31/2011
Who: Sammy and myself
Length: 6 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
Weather: 36 degrees, sunny, windy

This was a challenging but rewarding loop around Mt. Kineo. We parked in the lot at the top of North Cheyenne Canyon Road where it intersects with Gold Camp Road. Then, took Gold Camp Road and Seven Bridges trail west along the south side of Mt. Kineo. We made our way through Jones Park to Bear Creek Canyon and then followed the Buckhorn trail along the north side of Mt. Kineo, and eventually, back to the parking lot.

In the Jones Park area, the trails were lightly traveled and the snow deep. I had some difficulty getting to trail 667 in Bear Creek Canyon. We made it, and my feet managed to stay dry and warm.

This hike follows the YELLOW line, not including the side-trip to the summit:

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Captain Jack’s and the Chutes

Date: 12/13/2011
Who: Zach and myself
Length: 10 miles?
Time: 2 hours
Weather: warm, sunny

I rode this trail with my nephew Zach. Michelle and Debbie drove us up to the parking lot at the top of North Cheyenne Canyon park. We rode up Gold Camp road and took the Mt. Buckhorn trail up to the top of Captain Jack’s. It was about all downhill from there. Michelle and Deb picked us up down at the Stratton open space parking lot, where we took Sammy for a short hike.
I have lived in Colorado Springs for 17 years and this was my first time on Captain Jacks or the Chutes. I should have tried it sooner!
Here’s a video clip Zach made holding his iPhone on his handlebars.
This ride followed the PURPLE line:

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