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Would’ve been great if it weren’t for ice that day. Probably have to go back when it’s warmer.

Definitely one of the more difficult trials I’ve climbed. The view was stunning and the workout was even better.

The trail is steep. Be prepared to stumble and loose footing. Wear shoes with lots of traction. It’s an adventure for sure.

The reviews don’t lie, this trail is hard. The way up is mainly an incline and the end of the trail is climbing up steep rocks. I ran into a lot of deer, and the trail was very peaceful and the view at the top was amazing. But be aware the way down is very slippery, and I lost my footing a few times. Worth the hike, but be mentally prepared for the challenge!

You’ll find mostly mountain bikers on this trail. The degree of difficulty is moderate only because of the “mountain slide trail” portion. It’s 2.9 miles up to the top of the mountain and 2.9 miles back. It starts off as an open meadow, which winds around into a very easily run valley that dips down just before reaching the mountain slide, which traverses around a moderately steep accent to the top. Many people take landscape pictures of the beautiful views at the top which the trail continues to wind around the back end of this mountain peak into a loop, leading back to the Matthew Winters Parking Lot/start/finish point. This land is located adjacent to Red Rocks, Morrison, Colorado.

This was a perfect hike to get the burn I was seeking, along with the views and also saw plenty of deer, 1 nice buck. I clocked 5 miles and 2083 elevation gain... May have got a little side tracked checking out the deer. Super easy to get to the trailhead and easy to follow trail. Great hike and views if you’re looking to get a workout in. If you’re afraid of heights.... be careful. Very rocky, loose rocks and pretty much straight incline the entire way, loved it. Worth it!

This trail is HARD but very worth it. We saw everyone around us sliding and falling, so be careful! No ice/snow (surprising for december) but pretty biting winds near the peak. I would recommend a pole or two, though we went without just fine.

A great ball-buster of a hike. Love it!

Did this on 12/1/18. This trail is very difficult. I’d rather do Mt Evans 50 times before I ever do this again lol. It was worth it and had beautiful views at the top, but it was hard! The top scared me a little bit with how steep it was along with the scrambling, especially coming down, but I survived. No ice or anything since there hasn’t been a lot of snow.

It was a warm day (60!) but most of Plymouth Creek between Meadowlark and and the upper loop was icy and muddy. If you bring your dog, be prepared to give a bath! Meadowlark was dry and clear, but no views - just trees.

I’ve hiked this trail multiple times. Was virtually empty today. You do need micro spikes to stay safe on the ice.

Close to Denver with beautiful vistas

Pretty exposed to sun if it’s out. The trail was rocky, technical and a steep incline off the bat but became more smooth down the line. Great views from the top!

Beautiful views on this trail! There is lots of ice on it right now but many ways to walk around it.

BE CAREFUL at this point. Mt Falcon trail (Castle Trail) is ok except for maybe 300’ of ice.

Returning on Turkey Trot, or going up Turkey Trot, involves thousands of feet (45 minutes) of hardpacked glass ice, even hard to manage in yak tracks.

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26 days ago

This trail was perfect for me coming from where I live (low elevation, not many hills). The views aren’t spectacular but its convenient to Highland Ridge and I enjoyed winding between the scrub and little snow drifts. It was a bit muddy in places. Should have packed a bag for my boots and another pair of shoes to keep the car clean.

One of the best trails around.

it's all true. rough trail, very steep and beautiful views

Really nice trail. Well maintained and popular. Lots of cool formations. Favorite part was being on top of the ridge. Saw some snakes.

Amazing

it was raining at the start, so the trail was pretty slick, but a really good hike. as others mentioned, there's a bit of scrambling up some rocks about 3/4 of the way up. great views and definitely worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike!

Okay, first the most important, YES there is a bathroom at bottom!

I just went today for the first time with two dogs and they did great. There are some snow remnants around and the trail is a bit muddy, but overall, a very enjoyable hike!

There are some great views and great red rocks to see as you go up the trail. The elevation gain was subtle in some areas, but also a butt burner as you head back at end of trail. There was only one section not clearly marked....it is a steep down trail and once you get down the hill, THEN you will see there it is marked for Red Rocks Trail. When at top, there are three other potential ways...one is a dead end and the other looks like it could head off for a bit. Just be careful of this section, but I don't think you would get far anyway.

I feel tired after and happy. There weren't too many people at 9am and 42 degree weather. So if you dislike the crowds, try going in colder weather. It is still enjoyable!

hiking
1 month ago

East trailhead Castle Trail up long switchbacks to Walker Ruins & Summer White Hse (great views west!) return Down Turkey Trot Trail north facing sections icey slush. 8am start, not too crowded mid week.Windy, layer up, gloves & ears. CMCDan,Nov 2 ,2018.

Nice, steep trail with great Red Rocks views.

Nice and mellow, no real elevation gain. Not icy yet, just snowy. Fog was rolling in and out obstructing views, but it was perfect for a Halloween hike!

Hiked 10/29/2018 Castle Trail up to the Presidents Summer House. Beautiful views. Not too busy. Perfect weather and views. Easy to moderate. Great trail while acclimating to the altitude.

Apex is incredibly rocky. Enchanted forest is super steep with many inclines. The trail has so many grooves from bikes that it is never flat. I would not rate this a moderate. This is definitely a hard hike! Overall, not my kind of hike at all. I ended up turning around about 2.5 mi in because I wasn’t feeling it. I won’t do this one again. There are much better forest hikes for hikers. If you’re looking for forest I don’t recommend this.

Good hike today. Started at 8AM after a night of decent drinking and ~4 hours sleep. It was hot enough such that a t-shirt and shorts would have been perfect unlike the warmer attire that I choose to wear. I kept a close eye on the trail but didn’t see any snakes. Great views on way up and up top (Mt. Evans & James Peak both snow covered). Not the best trail to break in new hiking shoes. Watch you’re speed driving into and out of Morrison. A cop (sloppy fat prick) gave me a ticket for going 40mph in a 25mph zone — totally ridiculous!

Got this trail done while I did Castle Trail.

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