Carpenter Peak Trail

MODERATE 53 reviews
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Carpenter Peak Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Littleton, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

7.0 miles 1223 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Castle Rock: Travel northwest on Highway 85 toward Sedalia. Continue approximately 6 miles past Sedalia to Titan Road. (Before the left turn on to Titan Road is a sign for Roxborough State Park.) Follow Titan Road as it turns into Rampart Range Road and leads you to Roxborough Road and the park entrance.


2 days ago

trail running

The narrow winding turns make this trails a good medium pace run uphill. If you have sensitive skin cover up, shrub overlaps more than a third of the trail. Go in the morning for the best experience otherwise you'll be stopping every 90 seconds. On the way down you can run through willow creek loop as well for a scenic cool down before the parking lot


1 month ago

hiking

Several moderate climbs with enough slopes and easy climbs to recover. Few wildflowers and few wildlife but did see humming birds and a beautiful gray fox. Encountered 3 people while coming down. Sunrise hike at 5:30am. Photographers should stay on the lower trail between the rocks and meadows for amazing morning light on the rocks then do Carpenters Peak.


1 month ago

hiking

Good hike but not unusually hard just a little strenuous, tight paths and over grown. Approx. 2 hrs up and 1 1/2 down.


1 month ago

hiking

Very Nice hike. I'd rate it moderate to hard, depending on your experience and health. I'd highly recommend taking the Carpenter trail up but then looping back around using the Powerline Trail. It adds an extra 1.5 miles on your total hike as well as additional hills, but there are some nice meadows with wildflowers and butterflies on the Powerline trail.


1 month ago

This is a nice hike with a variety of great views of Roxborough State Park. However, a lot of the hiking is within the scrub oaks and not too exciting.


1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful trail! View from the top was great, but I thought the views from the trail of the red sandstone in Roxborough were even better.
There is intermittent shade but the trail is mostly exposed, bring lots of sunscreen.
Was there on a weekday in the middle of summer, didn't see a single other person from the junction of the Elk Meadows trail to the summit. I did see many lizards and golden eagles!


2 months ago

hiking

Great hike! We took our 5 year old and 8 year old.


2 months ago

hiking


2 months ago

hiking

Always great! Good workout, nice views from the peak! Can get crowded on wknds.


2 months ago

hiking


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hiking


2 months ago

snowshoeing


2 months ago

hiking

Great views when you get to the top! I thought it was slightly more than moderate, only because of the elevation gain. Took my husband and I about 3 hours round trip. Well worth it!

did get a little nervous at the beginning of the hike because of the fresh bear poop right on the trail, but the park rangers said it's rare you'll see wildlife during the weekend because there is so much traffic. I think we saw one chipmunk and a mouse


2 months ago

hiking

More on the moderate end of strenuous. Go early to avoid waiting in line to get into Roxborough Park. Well maintained trail and beautiful views all the way up. No dogs is a bummer, but still good early season training for the bigger mountains.


3 months ago

This was not an easy trail. When you start at the park, the signs there say if is Strenuous. Nice trail but best to do early in the day. Lots of unshaded areas. I would say moderate to hard. Enjoy.


3 months ago

trail running

Fun, and challenging run up to the peak, and obviously great views at the top.


3 months ago

No dog. To hike. A mountain. Outside. Great job Colorado, "one of the best states with dog adoption rates"


4 months ago


6 months ago

hiking

We did this trail when there was quite some snow, so poles and/or spikes were very helpful. The views are absolutely magnificent (it was our first time in the park). Even though it was a Saturday, it was relatively quiet (but we were told that is not always the case and when the park has reached its limit of visitors, you will not get in). Going slow, it took us about 4 hours.


6 months ago

hiking

The trail was varied in condition: dry dirt, mud, snow and ice in different parts. I would highly suggest to bring yak tracks or snow cleats to make sure you don't slip on the trail in the snow and ice portions. Great views, and a low moderate difficulty. Would suggest this as a close hike near Denver!