Castle Rock via Elbert Creek Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews
#14 of 81 trails in

Castle Rock via Elbert Creek Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Durango, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

this trail was the perfect speed for my level. the nature scenery was beautiful and kind.

2 months ago

Great morning hike! Steep and snowy towards the top on Thanksgiving weekend, yak tracks or hiking poles would be a good idea. Trailhead was a bit awkward as you have to go through a cattle gate to get in... there was a path through the grass to the left that distracted us initially. Go through the green cattle gate to start! I added some photos. Enjoy!

2 months ago

Only four stars for the amount of cow pies. Great views, nice challenging incline but still a casual hike.

3 months ago

Took about an hour and a half to get to the top and a little over an hour to come back down. Beautiful views! Highly recommended.

3 months ago

Beautiful quick hike. Great view from the top!!

hiking
4 months ago

love the major colors from the start, the leaves are falling and it's hard to just watch the trail. cows are coming down now so watch for the patties. a lot of fresh dead fall trees in the trail now. Great time enjoy.

4 months ago

5.2 mile round trip with awesome view up top.

hiking
5 months ago

Incredible views at the top! I loved this hike. Did it with my husband and dog on Labor Day. We started around 11:30 AM, so it got fairly hot. The trail is partially shaded. It is very easy to follow. Significant elevation gain most of the way up. Lots and lots of horse poop was really the only negative. The directions take you to a gas station/country store. There is a corral to the left that you can park near, and the hike starts just past the corral. There is only one easy river crossing near the start (log across plus a rope to hold onto). No other good water sources for dogs after that. Most of the dogs we met were off-leash. We ended up with about 5.2 miles total with some hiking around the top. Plenty of shady areas near the top to rest and have lunch.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Exactly 2 miles to the fork just past the cabin. Go right to Castle Rock. Next .5 miles is hard & steep. Worth the effort. The views were AMAZING! Horse trail with plenty of poop tho.

hiking
6 months ago

A few hours round trip. After the cabin the trail splits. Go to the right.

7 months ago

Perfect hike for a moderate workout. View was spectacular from the top!!

7 months ago

I've lost track on how many times I've hiked this trail. The view at the top is worth those last few hundred feet. Special place

hiking
7 months ago

Parking lot on the left side of Needles Country Store. Had to open gate at trailhead. Great hike all uphill for 2.7 miles (strenuous), then all downhill on the way back. Lots of switchbacks mostly under trees (Aspen & pine), so it is nice and cool. There were lots of wildflowers in a meadow, then the hardest climb for the last mile. Awesome views at the top - Heavenly!! If you keep going past Castle Rock for another 1/2 mile you get a good look at the steep cliff you just climbed.

8 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous the whole way. Well marked trail, great views, and a nice moderate hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike to take the dog on. Well established dirt path with some steep inclines on the way up! Gorgeous view on top.

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

We couldn't finish because the snow was too deep. The trail and views on the way up were amazing.

1 month ago

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