Hiking and Sweating At Seven

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I would head out to Seven Falls in the morning, when it was less crowded. No long line of cars this time, but I could see there is limited parking there. And the falls could be heard from far away. And the review here.

I remember visiting it 7 years ago, and had to visit again. I would ride the elevator to Eagle's Nest Observation platform, where I could get a view of the entire falls. There are 7 separate waterfalls, all connected, hence Seven Falls. I don't know if this is the best view, but a way to get the whole thing in one photograph. Plus a view of the surrounding canyon.

I went down, this time on a metal stairway. It is scary, being on a sharp incline. Once at the bottom, I walked up to the falls, to get a much closer view. Then I climbed the narrow, steep metal stairway, stopping and snapping photos of the individual falls that make up Seven Falls.

me at bottom of the falls
Each one has its own name. But hard to tell where one individual waterfall ends, and another begins. But I think I figured out which are the 7. :)

Once at the top, I hiked the trail. It briefly follows the stream leading to the falls, then into a forest. The trail was bumpy and narrow at times. Also difficult when people from opposite directions have to pass each other, because of no place to step aside, other than tall grass or unbalanced rocks. There is a part where the trail splits into 2 different directions. One says the 40 minute hike, and the other 20 minutes. Naturally, I chose the 20 minute hike, assuming both lead to the same place. But it didn't, and I ended up back at the split. Then took the 40-minute one.

Always one step away from a twisted ankle, with the path being rocky at times.
view from Inspiration Point
And it did feel like forever, out of breath and sweating. But the payoff at the end is great. It starts with the Helen Hunt Jackson grave site, the spot where the American author was buried. Then to Inspiration Point, a great view of the mountains, surrounding canyon, and in the distance, Colorado Springs. But there is that danger of falling off the cliff.

I sat on the bench, to rest and enjoy the view. Then I headed back, until to the falls, Then down the metal stairway. I continued on until I got to the car. As I was leaving, I saw a line of cars and the parking lot being full. I went back to the hotel, and had to finish up packing, and had to check out quickly, or else pay for another night.

It was time to leave Colorado Springs, and head to Denver.

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entire falls
entire falls
me at bottom of the falls
me at bottom of the falls
view from Inspiration Point
view from Inspiration Point
canyon at Seven Falls
canyon at Seven Falls
stream
stream
hills at Seven Falls
hills at Seven Falls
me at observation deck
me at observation deck
looking down!
looking down!
little waterfall
little waterfall
very bottom of Seven Falls
very bottom of Seven Falls
notice the metal staircase by the …
notice the metal staircase by the…
one of the 7 (looking down)
one of the 7 (looking down)
part of the Seven Falls
part of the Seven Falls
grave site memorial
grave site memorial
Inspiration Point
Inspiration Point
memorial
memorial
Colorado Springs (view from Seven …
Colorado Springs (view from Seven…
chipmunk
chipmunk
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Named after 7 little waterfalls down on one side of a cliff, Seven Falls is worth checking out for any visitor to Colorado Springs. There are a few… read entire review