Rock Park Loop Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Castle Rock, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The main trailhead parking lot, with a portable restroom, is located on Front Street. Additional parking is available at Castle North Park. On-street parking is allowed on Canyon and Sunset drives
fun short hike.
easy hike with great views. submitting the top is a little tricky
Short but nice views
While geocaching off Plum Creek with the family we stopped for an impromptu hike at the well-known Castle Rock. We came in the W side, off Sunset Dr. and started N with a quick but steep walk up Paul Hill Trail. We stopped, explored, took pictures, and climbed Castle Rock while absorbing the panoramic views of the heavily populated Castle Rock town and beyond. We headed down W then S by way of John Emerson Summit Trail. Although sometimes narrow, steep and moderately trafficked by 10:30 a.m., it was quick descent. Our 14 and 8 year olds son's and 9 year old dog whipped through this trail with adventurous spirit and an appropriate amount of concern. They keep the trails well groomed and pretty secure but beware straying too far off the beaten path for the sandstone is always questionable. There was a bit of traffic but everyone respected hiking etiquette so the passing was quick and pleasant. Great warm-up or quick family hike. If you're passing through and have a few hours to spare, be sure to stop!
The hike isn't very difficult by any means but the view is what earns it 4 stars.
It was a wonderful spur of the moment hike with my friend Laura. I would recommend it. We were trying to get to the top, but quite didn't make it. Next time we will make it!
Fun hike for all ages!