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Liked that it was gradual up and down for most of it.

Close, steep, and very few switch backs. Got about 500' from the summit but didn't make it cause I brought my dog and I lifted him for the first set of rocks no problem but getting good footing for the second set of rocks where I'd need to lift him was a little sketchy and I'd imagine even worse on the way down

Beautiful trail with great views. Didn’t need crampons even tho there was still some snow and ice in areas. Total hike was 8.47 miles took us 3.5 hours. Nice workout and hike

I do not recommend this entire loop for running! While most of the run is on trail the last 4 miles or so (clockwise) are on winding switchback roads with minimal shoulder width. Those were the fastest miles ran of the whole loop purely out of fear!

Fun trail. Elevation gain isn’t too bad. Views are great!! A little icy today. Used spikes for a brief period.

shows signs of a lot of people. too much bike activity with riders thinking mud is fun with no respect for the trail damage.

Close by and easy trail. Great views.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Decent hike during the winter. Drainage could be better as I was hiking on a lot of snow/mud. I suggest starting off with the Turkey Trot Trail...actually avoid the lower half of castle trail altogether...I'd just go back down Turkey Trail if you make it back at the merger. The lower half of Castle Trail that can be avoided by taking Turkey Trail and it is extremely muddy (I'm still finding a ton of sand on my dog's fur) and you have lots of less visible areas/turns if bikers come crashing through.

I kept going after it merged up with castle trail again and ended up at two dog trail and summer white house site. I'd say if you are going to choose go with Summer White House as the skyline view from two dog trail was ok.

I'm just glad construction really never started on the summer white house as Colorado would be even more crowed and that POS drump might actually come to Colorado and does the President really need a castle?

A lot of choices for trails, great views, very dog friendly. I keep going back.

hiking
20 days ago

Great views!

Very pretty views and not much shade. I️f you don’t want to hike up a bunch of stairs I️ recommend parking down in the south lot. Beware the north lot!!

It’s minutes from my house and a good workout.

Good quick hike, then get a cardio workout at the amphitheatre, then hike back to your car. A good 4-5 hr hike. Morning best to avoid the crowds (i went on a Friday)

This was a great hike- BUT- be warned! It doesn’t have a huge vertical but it happens quickly (you are basically climbing straight up the Green Mountain). It was too much for our low-energy dog, who needed to take breaks several times going up (we didn’t mind because we needed them, too!). I went on a weekday when it was 60 degrees, so it was crowded but not terribly so. The bikers were respectful, as were other people hiking with or without dogs. The trail is big enough for everyone to share the space. The views were gorgeous!! Especially on a day with a clear blue sky.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice alternate to the Castle Trail.

Good for a close, early hills hike.

This hike really is a great find for those days when you only have a few hours available, but that proximity to Denver does mean crowds, even in January. Thankfully, the dog owners seem to be fairly good about picking up after their pets and the mountain bikers, though numerous, were considerate. I didn't find the highway noise terribly noticeable, and it's really only about a quarter of the time that you're directly overlooking E470 anyway. So there are downsides to this one, but there are also plenty of beautiful overlooks, it loops, and it's a very easy drive from Denver. I'd recommend parking on the south end of the loop (if there are spots available) to end your hike downhill.

This trail has been taken over by bikers. Even though the ordinance by Lakewood Regional Parks requires bikers to yield to walkers and hikers, that is not the reality. Parks should change this park’s rules or tell bikers to change or leave.

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