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Golden Summit Trail

 14 votes

Length

1.8 Miles 3.0 Kilometers


Elevation

449' 137 m

Ascent

-447' -136 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

6,281' 1,914 m

High

5,833' 1,778 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 50 days ago
Little bits of mud, but otherwise great!! History

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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.
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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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Apr 12, 2018
David M
Apr 7, 2018
James Hampton
Apr 1, 2018
Dusty Sleeves
Nice hike, all clear.
Apr 1, 2018
Elizabeth Frazee
Mar 25, 2018
Kevin McCall
1.8mi
Jan 28, 2018
Alissa Thorne
2.3mi
Nov 11, 2017
J S
Oct 23, 2017
Jason Berling

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  3.9 from 14 votes

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