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Close to Denver, views of Red Rocks, and a nice climb up. Go during the week if you want a less busy hike.

It was 65 out and absolutely beautiful. We went during the day and it was very busy. Stunning views! The trail does get thin in places which makes it hard to pass people coming in the opposite direction especially if you have a dog with you. We had a great overall though. We will definitely be back.

Great trail!! Did it in about 5 hours including lunch on the trail. Was very crowded once you get on the red rocks trail but wasn’t too bad. Really have to look out for the mountain bikes though cause there were a lot. Overall great trail during the winter and not much mud or snow.

Nice hike. Icy in a few sections. Take your spikes

Good outing that's nice and close. This a solid hike to keep in shape - starting from east lot to the top. Lots of people, some ice, plenty muddy. A study in erosion.

Lots of incline, rocks and today, quite a bit of icy, snow packed and muddy sections. Glad I had my spikes. Heavily trafficked and lots of people who ignore the dog leash rule. Nice views and great workout.

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.

20 days ago

21 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.

24 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.

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