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Golden Summit Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (29) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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°)

Dogs Leashed

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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:

Johnny Muir-Addleman with improvements by Lily Douglas

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  4.0 from 29 votes

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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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Apr 5, 2021
Edgar Villeda
zero shade, but nice views of golden at the top!
Dec 31, 2020
Olivia Zindel
We took this trail down. It was a nice size. A great place to ride your bike down if you plan on biking. — 1h 00m
Jul 28, 2020
Mihai Turdean
Jul 2, 2020
Brice Allen
Mar 25, 2020
Erin Andersen
Includes many other trails (e.g., South Table Top Mesa). 7.5mi — 2h 38m
Mar 17, 2020
TM510
Mar 15, 2020
Matt Culpepper
Castle Rock summit (6322) 1mi — 0h 45m
Sep 29, 2019
Mick Kinney