Castle Trail

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5.3 Miles 8.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

140' 43 m

Ascent

-117' -36 m

Descent

2,673' 815 m

High

2,605' 794 m

Low

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Avg Grade (1°)

3%

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The longest trail in the park with great views, badlands and level trail.

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Dogs: No Dogs

Description

This is the longest trail in the park that begins at the Door and Window parking area and travels five miles one way to the Fossil Exhibit Trail.

Relatively level, the path passes along some badlands formations that both tower above you and drop away below you. Most of the trail is on flat prairie, but does occasionally wander into badlands topography where the trail is hard to follow. Looking ahead and surmising the path of least resistance will help to find the other side of the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, rattlesnakes, bighorn sheep, antelope, prairie flowers in the spring.

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Apr 7, 2017
Chris Sweat
10.6mi
Oct 5, 2016
nic sev
Aug 20, 2016
Molly Biagi
1h 30m
Jun 25, 2016
Paul Morelli
Jun 1, 2016
Chris Pap
May 15, 2016
Mike Cirillo
Longest in the park. Relatively flat and pretty well marked 10mi
May 9, 2016
Sara Clemenson
5mi
Oct 19, 2015
Josh Barbir
Absolutely beautiful. Every step on this trail is stunning. Mostly flat, deep in the badlands, even saw wild rams. Beautiful, must do it! 5.3mi

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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