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Castlewood Canyon - Rimrock to Creek Bottom Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (56) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun, rolling trail with a sense of seclusion, great geology, and historical sites.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Loop

6,561' 2,000 m

High

6,163' 1,879 m

Low

610' 186 m

Up

612' 187 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

  • Colorado State Parks' Pass or a day pass required at parking areas.
  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Overview

This is a great 4-mile loop that you can explore year round. This loop will take you up close to caves, cliffs, homestead sites, abandoned dams and along the creek bottom. Located so close to the hustle and bustle of the front range, this is a great spot to find some quiet.

Description

From the Homestead trailhead follow the Homestead Trail which is a short, flat, and beginner-friendly trip to the homestead ruins. Continue around the ruins to the first junction.

Go left passing the Cherry Creek Trail and head up the hill to the mesa. Stay left at the junction with the Creek Bottom Trail and then follow the cairns on the Rimrock Trail as it makes its way south. Here you'll get great views of Cherry Creek down below. After the trail descends steeply, you'll arrive at the old dam site which is worth a stop to check out.

Make your way west around the dam to reach the Inner Canyon/Lake Gulch/ Creek Bottom Trail junction. Head north, taking a right at the junction to join the Creek Bottom Trail which is a mellow, rolling trail along Cherry Creek with views of the cliffs and caves. Enjoy the view from below the cliffs as the trail winds its way back to the Homestead Trail, and take a left to get back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

JC Condon with improvements by Ken DeRose

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 56 votes

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Photos

Cherry Creek Falls
Aug 1, 2015 near Castle…, CO
Remnants of the Castlewood Canyon dam.
Jul 4, 2016 near Castle…, CO
Castlewood Canyon waterfall.
Jul 4, 2016 near Castle…, CO
Castlewood Canyon, Colorado
Aug 5, 2015 near Castle…, CO
Rim Rock Trail overlooking the Dam to the south
Oct 7, 2018 near Castle…, CO
Amazing steps from the bottom of the canyon up Rimrock Trail.
Aug 23, 2020 near Castle…, CO

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Nov 21, 2020
William Carter
1h 30m
Aug 30, 2020
Dan Federico
Aug 23, 2020
Chuck & Jennifer Hellier
We went counter clockwise and regretted going down the steep side at the end. — 3h 30m
Jul 6, 2020
Erin Watkins
Jun 26, 2020
Brian Chenault
Jun 22, 2020
Cait L
Jun 20, 2020
Michael Pippenger
Nice varied trail, totally different on the rim (desert scrub with cacti, etc...) v. creekside (nice lush with lots of cover). Don't miss the dam! 6.3mi — 2h 36m
Jun 13, 2020
Samantha Peterson
4.5mi — 1h 30m