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Castle Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,737' 529 m
Descent: -2' -1 m
High: 7,765' 2,367 m
Low: 6,030' 1,838 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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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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Aug 10, 2019
Jen Giancaterino
Aug 4, 2019
Katie Osland
7.6mi
Aug 1, 2019
Cody Andrews
Jul 25, 2019
Nicole Stanek
Up Turkey Trot to Walker's Dream down Castle trail 6.3mi
Jul 21, 2019
Jesse Krank
Jul 6, 2019
Jeromey Patterson
Jun 2, 2019
Neal H
Castle->Old Ute->Devil's Elbow from the east parking lot. 8.5mi — 3h 48m
May 25, 2019
Donald Counts
Trail nice and dry. Lovely views throughout. 3mi — 13h 00m

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