Inner Canyon Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Franktown, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 695 feet Route Type: Loop

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Where Denver's Cherry Creek Ran Wild The headwaters of Cherry Creek lie in the low hill country about 35 miles south of Denver. The creek is an important source of water for the farms and ranches between Castlerock and Denver, and eventually flows into the Cherry Creek Reservoir on Denver's east side. One hundred twenty years ago, in 1890, local farmers arranged to have a dam built across the creek for irrigation purposes. On 3 August 1933, the dam broke, sending a 15 ft high wall of water into downtown Denver. Thanks to Elsie Henderson's quick action many lives were saved, as people responded to her telephone call and pulled their families out of the torrent's path. Today Castlewood Canyon State Park contains the ruins of that old dam and offers you the opportunity to hike along the banks of the river. The main park entrance is off of Hwy 83 about 30 miles north of Colorado Springs. You can also reach it by driving south from Denver on the same highway, or east from Castlerock on Plum Creek Pkwy, connecting with South Lake Gulch Rd, then north on Hwy 85. The park is open from 0800 - 1700 daily; entrance fee is $6/car. While there are about 12 miles of hiking trails in the park, I've loaded a 6 mile long hike that takes you from the Lake Gulch trailhead in a figure eight loop track. The track begins by dropping down to the shore of what was formerly the lake created by the dam. Then it crosses Cherry Creek just south of the dam and follows the Rimrock Trail up the east side of the canyon. At the north end of the canyon, the trail drops down to the creek bed and returns south along Creek Bottom Trail. After the trail crosses the creek again, you'll return to the trailhead via Inner Canyon Trail along the north side of the creek. Dogs are allowed in this part of the park on a leash. The trail is great for kids with lots of opportunities to climb around on the rocks in the upper part of the creek (Inner Canyon Trail). $9 Entry fee.

recorded Inner Canyon Loop Trail

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4 days ago

Great trail but hardly any shade. Clocked in at 6.73 miles. Trail markers not very clear.

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4 days ago

VERY busy trail. Have to wait to get into the park due to max capacity. The scenery is beautiful but the over crowding on the trail takes away from the beauty in my opinion.

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5 days ago

Pretty busy on a Thursday at 2pm. Lots of trees and awesome water holes. Dogs loved it. So did the kids. Fun to climb the rocks. We will def go back to this one!

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rocky
11 days ago

Great trail. It had lots of different walkoffs down into the cherry creek. My and my wife were able to complete it with out 6month old and 5 year old. So it is very kid friendly. Very shaded at the start, but once you get down into the lower portion of the hike around the river not too much shade very often.

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11 days ago

5/23/20. Beautiful weather. No rain/snow/mud. Wonderful inner loop. As compared to most trails in the RMNP, this is a breeze. Toughest part of the trail would be the incline to the Rim Trail. Pushes uphill in a rather short distance, but very doable. Does not demand a ton of gear. You’ll see a lot of kids and older hikers. Some incline/decline around the dam, but pretty flat/easy trails.

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12 days ago

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19 days ago

We were about 45 minutes in and it started raining and hailing on us

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25 days ago

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25 days ago

I would say that INNER CANYON TRAIL should be rated as DIFFICULT. For hikers over 70 years old. There were several steep ups and downs. Very busy hike on a Saturday. Costs $9.00 at the park entrance. The MAP they hand out is the worst map ever. Can't follow anything on the map. Too much writing and too many abbreviations.

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rocky
25 days ago

Way to many people to go back. Loud families and trails were over traveled. It’s a shame the park is really nice and the history is amazing but it was a rather unpleasant experience. We arrived at 9 in the morning and when we got out at around 11:30 the traffic line to get in was backed up to the highway. Wouldn’t recommend if you want to get away from crowds at all

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1 month ago

Nice trail easy hike! Rocky in some areas

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Signs weren’t accurate for trails so we were disappointed but the views were nice

1 month ago

Nice trail. But it has high traffic of families looking for an outlet for their kids. It was as busy as City Park, and they actually had to shut the place down because too many people where thinking the same thing.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail! Did this today- mostly dry with some slight muddy areas. Gorgeous views, great mix of terrain. Pretty waterfall.

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1 month ago

Hiked on Sunday, April19th. Trail was in very good condition, overall.

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1 month ago

Beautiful day, great mix of terrain and scenery.

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1 month ago

very nice trail with great view and everything else you can ask for

1 month ago

if you're worried about social distancing don't come. narrow trails and very crowded. beautiful hike.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

In and out hiking loop, roughly six miles. Hiked it with my dog and we finished it in 2.5 hours.

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2 months ago

Great trail, but crowded

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