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Carpenter Peak Trail

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Roxborough State Park

Carpenter Peak Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Littleton, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,007 feet Route Type: Out & Back

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

fee

no dogs

Note: $9/day for park pass (payable by credit card and cash.)

hiking
1 day ago

Fun trail with lots of hummingbirds.

hiking
over grown
1 day ago

Beautiful trail but lots of poison ivy that’s hard to avoid because of how narrow the trail is. Come prepared! Also wear a face mask because it’s hard to avoid other hikers and most of the hikers I passed were not wearing masks

recorded Carpenter Peak Trail

hiking
fee
over grown
4 days ago

Great hike with awesome views the whole time. The trail is pretty narrow which makes it hard to get over for other hikers.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
over grown
5 days ago

Beautiful trail! Parts of it were definitely overgrown. It’s very slim, barely any room to pass people going the opposite direction, so definitely wear a mask if that bothers you. I was surprised to see how few people were wearing masks. Overall great hike with beautiful views, lots of flowers.

hiking
6 days ago

This was a great trail, I arrived at 9:30, no waiting to park on Friday. And proceeded up to Carpenter Peak. It was lush with beautiful flowers a strenuous hike but very rewarding. It was rather hot yesterday so I ran out of water, my advice hydrate even before you start this hike if it’s hot.

hiking
bugs
6 days ago

Fun and tough trail getting to the peak. Make sure to bring masks as the trail can be thin and hard to maintain social distance.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of vegetation and beautiful views. Bench’s were spread out and perfect for stopping for a minute. Lots of poison ivy so definitely keep an eye out for that. With the thick vegetation there is quite a bit of shade. Overall a great hike and I highly recommend.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail is green and slightly overgrown! Beautiful subset!

hiking
9 days ago

Great little trail. Made it to the top and still managed to get to work on time. Was not heavily trafficked when I went (6am).

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail! Please note that lots of people were not wearing bandanas and/or face masks when passing others nor they were maintaining 6 ft apart and the trail gets extremely narrow half of the way to the peak. I had to get on the side of the trail multiple times, to let them pass. Not much shade on this trail. Special Thank You to Ranger that gave me a brand new face mask with filter! (forgot my bandana at home and hiked with a disposable mask when passing people)

hiking
12 days ago

Good day hike close to Denver! About 2:00-2:30 hrs around trip. Great views at the top. They don’t allow animals tho

hiking
12 days ago

Fun hike. Well maintained trail. Most of the elevation gain is in the first half and then it flattens out nicely for a smooth finish and fantastic view. The earlier you finish the better, the trail is pretty narrow so lots of stopping for two way traffic once it gets busy.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike. But the gates opened at 0502 when the park opens at 0500. Would have been 5 stars but a reduction for each minute.

hiking
fee
16 days ago

Excellent trail. Wildflowers are blooming and butterflies are flying! It’s moderate but uphill 80% of the way. You’ll get a good workout. But we’ll worth it. Views from top are great.

hiking
no shade
18 days ago

Nice family trail. True moderate, with steady incline to the peak but not too rough. Limited shade, bring sunscreen! Incredible views of the red rock formations.

hiking
no shade
20 days ago

Was looking for another trail but figured we would do this one. Got there at noonish....Amazing views, little shade, lots of strategically placed benches for nice breaks if needed. Bring water because this is easily a 3-3.5 mile hike, up hill most of the way, remember, with little shade (I did it with a 5 y/o in 2 hrs). Highly recommended because of the views along the way and at the top. Great workout as well. Everyone socially distanced but did not wear mask which was a rule at trail head.

hiking
24 days ago

Gorgeous hike, true moderate intensity. Beautiful views with a nice lunch spot area at the top. Minimal shade so bring sunscreen. Trail was in very good condition.

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fee
rocky
26 days ago

There is still an entrance fee of $9 but overall the path was pretty clean and only rocky in some parts. The path is also really narrow and has shaded and open parts as well. We got to the park around 7:30 and there were still quite a few people but crowded when we got back down around 10:30

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful views of red rocks and Denver skyline from afar. Well-maintained trail with wildflowers lining the path and birds singing in the shrubs. Great hike.

hiking
27 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful views of the city and plains on the first half, and then beautiful views of mountains to the west at the top of the trail. Pretty easy hike, comfortable, with decent amounts of shade.

Beautiful trail and amazing views.

hiking
28 days ago

LOVED. Favorite trail yet. Definitely a 7.4 mile hike but sooo worth it and doesn’t feel long at all!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is beautiful - stunning views pretty much all the way to the top. The majority of the trail is not shaded, so start early or go on a cloudy day. The trail is very manicured - hardly any rocks or branches to navigate. I went on a Sunday at the peak of traffic (11 am) and waited about 25 minutes before I could enter the park. By the time I left at 2:30pm there were no cars in line - so go early or mid afternoon to avoid the wait. It was worth it though! As others said it's a solid workout uphill to the peak, but made easier because the trail is so well maintained. As on all trails, it's a bit tricky maintaining distance so you don't harm the vegetation, so wearing a mask is your best bet.

hiking
1 month ago

Closer to 7.2 miles from upper lot. Solid workout, and great views. Not as crowded as expected. Will be back to explore the other trail options toward peak (Powerline/Elk Valley loop). Completely dry.

hiking
fee
rocky
1 month ago

Perfect for trail running and if you want a moderate difficulty hike. Easy to follow. Some good climbs here and there with amazing views throughout. Great view at the top as well. Not too crowded. Trail is completely dry

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Probably my favorite hike in Denver. We did it on a Thursday afternoon and took us about 3.5 to 4 hours to complete with a long stop at the top to enjoy the view. There are stunning views of the gorgeous red rocks all the way up. As you near the summit, the view of downtown Denver starts to appear. At the top, you get a beautiful 360 view that includes downtown, the red rocks ,and the mountains... We hardly ran into people on the trail even though the parking lot was quite busy and we had the summit to ourselves for a 10-15 minutes before the next hiker joined! Also starting to see many beautiful wildflowers. Most of the trail is not shaded with some parts shaded. The summit is quite windy so I would recommend a wind breaker jacket even when it is warm! (but i'm originally from Florida).

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