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Castle Trail

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Length


4.0 Miles 6.4 Kilometers


1,737' 529 m

Ascent

-2' -1 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

7,765' 2,367 m

High

6,030' 1,838 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

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

Nick Wilder

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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.

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Mar 24, 2019
Angela Roxworthy
Feb 27, 2019
Carolyn Jungels
Feb 25, 2019
Carolyn Jungels
Jan 20, 2019
Amber B
From west trailhead, Took castle trail about 3/4 of the way, then turned back. Almost all dogs on leash, many dogs seemed aggressive. Not recommended
Oct 27, 2018
Sarah B
7.8mi
Aug 29, 2018
Mason LeGrange
Aug 5, 2018
Vanessa Bayer
Hiked to walker’s dream trail, then headed back, took the turkey trot trail on the way back. It was more shaded and less steep than the castle trail
Aug 2, 2018
Danny Wojcik

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  3.9 from 18 votes

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