Inner Canyon Loop Trail

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Inner Canyon Loop Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franktown, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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kid friendly

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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).

3 days ago

This trail was a delightful surprise. Didn't know what I'd find at CW but took a chance and was as I said, delighted and surprised! A solid hike but with beautiful views and magical glens and pools. Going back soon....

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9 days ago

I would say moderate trails as there was so much climbing on rocks... but overall a great hike. We started in L then G. Came back on G joined K and ended in Canyon point parking lot. It was 6 miles. Took my 10 year old.

We went on a 75 degree day. Definitely not fir a summer hike. No shade. Take lots of water. There is a creek that you walk by.

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11 days ago

Start any of several trailheads on the north end of the park. This loop follows the creek, past the ruined dam (dam that's big) and along the cliff edge. I would suggest going north to south on the cliff trail - that way you have pretty much constant views of Pikes Peak.

This trail would be VERY hot in the summer months - and not a lot of shade. Better as a spring or fall trip.

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Great winter hike. Didn't have to be worried about rattlesnakes they don't come until April. This is the trail you have to take to complete the Lake Gulch Loop.

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