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Golden Summit Trail

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Trail

1.8 mile 3.0 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 449' 137 m
Descent: -447' -136 m
High: 6,281' 1,914 m
Low: 5,833' 1,778 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Johnny Muir-Addleman

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

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Family Friendly Fairly easy and close to town, this hike is great for kids.

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.

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Jun 7, 2019
The Viking
May 30, 2019
Danielle McGill
Apr 28, 2019
tj briscoe
Great trail 2mi
Apr 20, 2019
Schannon Gumz
Mar 16, 2019
Toni Graves
1.8mi — 8h 39m
Feb 23, 2019
Jay Cowling
Super windy but beautiful views! 1mi
Feb 3, 2019
Dru G
1.9mi
Feb 3, 2019
Ash Hennen

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