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.
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.
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.