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The bridges of El Paso County
Nice little hike along the creek that is very popular among families because the kids like the bridges. It starts at the parking lot at the top where highline trail (non motorized) intersects Gold Camp Road (which has numerous hiking opportunities and is very scenic in itself with canyon views and 3 tunnels.
Apparently used to be an old railroad bed from the relatively small amount of info I Gleaned from trying multiple sources to pinpoint this hike.
The directions we found were very vague. Basically you head to the gate to the west of the parking lot and head up non motorized portion of Gold Camp Road 0.7 miles to well marked trail #622 and head uphill along the creek. There is also a gate for the portion of the road that is driveable. Having done this road numerous times I was not aware that the non drivable road on the other side of the parking lot is Gold camp as well. It continued past the trail #622 as well for other hiking Mtn biking opportunities.
It is well maintained. Pretty busy as expected although a lot of the traffic was hiking elsewhere on Gold Camp Rd. The bridges all show quite a bit of wear, but well maintained and I suspect have been replaced numerous times during flash floods in the past.
There is not much shade on Gold Camp Road and it is probably consistently 30’ wide. The entire hike up 622 is shady and has a canopy so it might make a good summer hike as well. If you have kids and visit the area this would be a good add along with Garden of the Gods, The Manitou Incline, and other popular City Hikes in the area.
On the way up at the previous parking lot stop by the visitor center and check out Helent Hunt Falls. Visible from the road a short stroll will get you to the upper Falls as well.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
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