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A short, rocky trail with both natural stone steps and railroad tie stairs.


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0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

6,536' 1,992 m

High

6,230' 1,899 m

Low

310' 94 m

Up

15' 5 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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The John Emerson Summit Trail is an excellent short climb to the base of Castle Rock. The trail features dirt and rock path with natural stone stair steps and the occasional railroad tie stairs. The trail features one switchback to take the sting out of the ascent.

One at the top, the base of Castle Rock offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding area of Castle Rock. The rock itself is also an interesting geological formation with many predatory birds finding nesting spots in the pockets high on the rock. Take the Paul Hill Trail (also known as the "East Trail" which is a fire road) down if you want an easier descent on your knees.

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Kevin Harms

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in Rock Park

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  3.3 from 3 votes
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#2,210

in Colorado

#26,965

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Summit at Rock Park looking at Pikes Peak
Sep 6, 2018 near Castle…, CO
Morning at Rock Park
Sep 6, 2018 near Castle…, CO
A panoramic view from the top of Castle Rock.
Jul 17, 2016 near Castle…, CO
View of Castle Rock from the trailhead.
Jul 17, 2016 near Castle…, CO
Starting the ascent of the trail.
Jul 17, 2016 near Castle…, CO

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Jul 29, 2021
Matt Runyon
Sep 25, 2016
Amanda Ogilvy
The summit trail is steeper and rockier, but short. The perimeter trail is wide and smooth enough for a stroller 1.5mi
Sep 3, 2016
Adam Hiatt
Aug 20, 2016
Smitty Smiferson
A nice short trail with great views of Castle Rock. Prepare for some easy bouldering if you want to get to the very top. 0.8mi — 2h 00m
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