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Castle Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (24)

A long, steep, exposed climb from the parking lot leads to easier terrain up high with big views.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

7,765' 2,367 m

High

6,030' 1,838 m

Low

1,737' 529 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

Occasionally closed in muddy/wet conditions.

Description

From the Mt. Falcon parking lot, you'll get a minimal warm up before the long grind on the Castle Rock Trail. There is no protection from the sun on most of this trail, so avoid hot days. This trail can be very crowded with runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and even horses.

About halfway up, a hard left turn (with just a touch of tree shade) offers a brief respite before the climbing kicks in again. Then it's more grinding to the top.

This trail continues all the way down to the other parking lot on the west side of the system at Mt. Falcon road, but most use Castle Trail to connect to the other great trails in the area. The views along the top of this trail are quite good, extending from Kansas to the continental divide!

If it's crowded or you want to avoid bikes, consider using Turkey Trot instead of this trail - they reconnect two-thirds of the way up the hill.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Jim Haley

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 24 votes

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Near the Top of Castle Trail after climbing up the technical singletrack.
Jul 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
Good picnic spot with views towards Denver
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
The Walker, built in 1909, was destroyed by fire in 1918 from a lightning strike.
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
Turkey Trot Trail in the distance, and Red Rock Park
Mar 28, 2015 near Morrison, CO
High peaks views from this easy stretch of Castle Trail
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
View of the high peaks
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO

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May 15, 2021
Matt Culpepper
To Mt. Falcon summit and back via Turkey Trot (9.1/1850) 6mi — 5h 45m
Apr 25, 2021
Taylor West
Solo hike
Jan 15, 2021
Cynthia B.
Dec 8, 2020
Neal H
7.5mi — 2h 50m
Aug 4, 2020
Scott H
Jul 27, 2020
Mike Amolsch
Had to take a week off with my strained feet again, parked lower parking lot- Made it much tougher. Did meadows, Parmalee, tower- met girls from Iowa- 14mi
Jul 18, 2020
Rachel Clough
Went to the ruins, then came back on Meadow Trail 2.9mi — 9h 47m
Jun 22, 2020
Mike Amolsch
13K steps. -nice historic trail! Saw deer, loved it! Warm day, little crowded at end- good enjoyable Colorado day 6.2mi