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Golden Summit Trail

 12 votes

1.8 Miles 3.0 Kilometers


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Singletrack

449' 137 m

Ascent

-447' -136 m

Descent

6,281' 1,914 m

High

5,833' 1,778 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Unknown

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

Johnny Muir-Addleman

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.
Features: Views
Family Friendly: Fairly easy and close to town, this hike is great for kids.
Dogs: Leashed

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.

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Jul 30, 2017
Dave Baraloto
My first hike 1 month after spinal fusion surgery. It took everything I had but I did it. outstanding view at the top. 1.8mi
Jul 30, 2017
Holly B
1st hike with Dave after his spine surgery 1.8mi
Jul 22, 2017
Irma Randolph
Jul 15, 2017
Kayla Maureen
My first trail/mountain hike when I moved to CO! It was a lot easier than I was expecting and a good introduction to the altitude

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