Castle Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Indian Hills, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,916 feet Route Type: Loop

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Got over 10 miles on this hike today by taking a couple of the trail options along the way. I got out here about 10 and wrapped up by 1. The descent was real warm as the trail is almost entirely exposed. You get some good views of Red Rocks, Morrison and the surrounding peaks as you ascend.

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23 days ago

Pretty but slightly underwhelming views compared to Boulder trails. Highly trafficked on weekends. Walker ruins are roped off so there’s not much to see which was disappointing. Fairly steep in sections especially the first part going up to the ridge but most of the trail is an easy hike with wide paths that would be good for active families (we saw a lot of them). About half of it is in the sun, half covered. Trail is completely dry as of May 9.

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23 days ago

I enjoyed this hike and found the view to the right of the little pavilion very nice. I think it was called meadow trail or something. The castle ruins were alrighttt.

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25 days ago

Great trail with lots of sun intermittent with shaded forested areas. A real good uphill hike back to the lot so save your energy. Pretty crowded as well. Lots of bikes and dogs.

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1 month ago

Hiked this yesterday 4/20 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Took me about the estimated time listed: 4 hours 35-45 mins with some stops. If you continue taking Castle Trail vs Meadow Trail you’ll run into the Walker Castle Ruins pretty early on in your excursion. Devil’s Elbow and I believe it’s called Two Dog Trail were both too snowy unless you have spikes but every other part of the trail that I saw was very doable with regular hiking footwear. Downhills and inclines for a good workout— nice views of Denver and Red Rocks towards the end point. I started this hike from the West entrance of Mount Falcon in Indian Hills. Flat/downhill entrance vs the East side which I heard was steep. They have both listed if you search in your GPS.

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3 months ago

Hiked this one on Sunday. It was about 70 degrees and sunny. Trail snow was melting in a lot of areas but still some ice patches. Pretty busy that day since it was such a nice day in January. Walker ruins are an interesting site to see. Starting at the top and heading down the mountain then back up I felt added an additional challenge to this hike. Definitely recommend. Video I took of this trail: https://youtu.be/ojFfuZ2TKfw

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

hiked 11am - 4pm. hiking boots, no spikes. temp 46-48c. nice smooth hike. snow/ice on 20% of the route and usually easily avoidable.

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4 months ago

Did this trail about 2 weeks ago (Jan 5.) and there were plenty of snow packed and icy spots. Microspikes/yaktrax would help. Some muddy spots as well. Good views of Denver and the front range. If you take Walkers Dream trail at the top, it offers great views west of the Rockies.

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5 months ago

In comparison to other hikes in the area, Castle Trail does not stack up well. There are great views in the first half of the trail, including the ruins. I would personally advise you skipping the entire section beginning at mile 1.7 (especially as you're going down and then back up) and spending more time off-routing to Mount Falcon at mile 0.5 and the lookout at mile 1.6.

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6 months ago

It was a nice trail, just to busy for what I like. Heavy traffic trails

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9 months ago

Just hiked a few days ago and loved it. Very accurately described as a moderate hike. Decently steep on the way up, but never anything too crazy. Trail is also a good mix of exposed and shaded spots. A few nice spots to stop on the way up, including a covered gazebo, bench at the summit with amazing views, as well as the castle ruins.

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9 months ago

Wonderful out and back not far from Denver.

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10 months ago

Perfect hike for a relaxing sunday. Very hot, but there was plenty of shaded area when walking the castle /turkey trot trail. wonderful flowers and plenty of parking at 5pm.

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Fri May 10 2019

recorded Castle Trail

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Sat Apr 06 2019

Fri Dec 21 2018

Sunny and 55 on Dec 21st ☺️

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Sun Nov 04 2018

Nice trail, not too much traffic, and got my out-of-shape heart going!

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Mon Oct 29 2018

Great trail to watch the sun rise. Not too difficult but can be long if you aren’t in shape. Get there early if possible.

Sun Oct 07 2018

Nice and fun! Close to Denver! It’s connected to a bunch of other trials too! Pretty easy and relaxed and you seem some bikers.

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Sat Aug 04 2018

Easy for kids and fun for the whole family!

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Sun Feb 04 2018

Good exercise, cools ruins, lots of people... took the Parmalee loop for little more quiet

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Sat Sep 30 2017

Sun Sep 10 2017

Get here early or later in the day. Most of the trail is on the side of a mountain, and there's VERY little shade.

Sun Jun 18 2017

Fun and athletic hike

Sun Feb 26 2017

Don't see this in Florida

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