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This is the classic trail to ascend the backside of Golden's signature rock formation, Castle Rock.


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2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Out and Back

6,275' 1,913 m

High

5,835' 1,778 m

Low

459' 140 m

Up

458' 139 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Overview

This well-maintained trail takes you from downtown Golden to its most prominent geological feature, Castle Rock, which allows for 360-degree views of the Front Range and the Great Plains. Not as steep or technical as the Sleeping Elk Trail, this is manageable by most if taken at a moderate pace.

Description

From the neighborhood just east of downtown Golden, locate the trailhead and move through some switchbacks for a quick start to your climb.

After some straightforward but somewhat steep hiking, you'll join the South Table Top Mesa Trail and head west from there along the top of the cliff. At the base of Castle Rock, start a series of concrete steps up the final stretch where a large flat area and expansive views await.

History & Background

Since its founding in 1859, Castle Rock has always looked out over the city of Golden and is visible on its town logo. In 1873, a little brewery was also founded in its shadow by Adolph Coors.

Contacts

Shared By:

JM Addleman with improvements by Lily Douglas

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Golden's South Table Mountain and Castle Rock from the head of the Sleeping Elk Trail
May 21, 2015 near Golden, CO
Peak of South Table Mountain Park Overlooking the city of Golden, CO
Oct 7, 2016 near Golden, CO
Steps up to the top of the mesa.
Aug 25, 2017 near Golden, CO
The Front Range north of Golden's Castle Rock from its summit. In view are the Coors Brewery and North Table Mountain.
May 30, 2015 near Golden, CO
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