Mitchell Creek Canyon Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Mitchell Creek Canyon Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Castle Rock, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.9 miles 355 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


A Castle Rock Classic This 1.5 mile trail is a great example of the ecology and geography of the Castle Rock area. It offers much of the same experience as the nearby castlewood canyon with out the crowds. This trail is fun and there is beauty to be found here, however, I wouldn't drive more than 30 minutes to visit this trail. The trail climbs to the western rim of the canyon which it follows for the majority of the hike. The trail can be accessed from the "founders village" mitchell creek trail system as described in this guide or from the hidden Mesa open space off highway 86 Mountain bikes and horses are prohibited. Dogs must be leashed.

22 days ago

This hike/walk is in a residential neighborhood and borders a wastewater treatment facility.... Would not go out of my way to partake in again. Maybe nice for the neighborhood folks, but walking alongside the stench of sewage in the beginning of the hike was less than appealing.

28 days ago

Not difficult. Different type of hike, as you are along the cliff face almost the a quarter of the time.

1 month ago

Amazing views of the canyon from above! Well shaded. Easy-moderate trail depending on the loop with a variety of different features: canyon, cliffs, plains, rock overhangs. The sedimentary rock (plus the distraction of the views) can make it a little more likely to twist an ankle so I'd suggest wearing hiking boots over sneakers.

3 months ago