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Golden Summit Trail

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Length


1.8 Miles 3.0 Kilometers


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

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All Clear 30 days ago
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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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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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Sep 26, 2018
Joe W
0.8mi
Sep 9, 2018
Wid G
Jul 26, 2018
Annie Swindell
Sunset hike. 1.8mi
Jul 5, 2018
Gavino Cherchi
Jun 27, 2018
Dawn of the Hill People
1.8mi
Jun 19, 2018
Jordan Frdnmkr
2mi
May 13, 2018
Dan Vogel
Lots of ground to cover once you get to the top.
Apr 12, 2018
David M

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