Castlewood Canyon Loop

Castle Rock, Colorado 80104

Castlewood Canyon Loop

Castlewood Canyon Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The trail drops quickly into Castlewood Canyon and stays there until reaching the ruins of the old Castlewood Canyon Dam, which is over 100 years old. The canyon portion of this run affords one an easy cruise through the spectacular canyon walls.

Something important to note is that the Rim Rock Trail can be difficult to follow in places, and also requires a stiff hike of several hundred vertical feet to reach. Rattlesnakes have been found on the Rim Rock Trail. Grade: Easy to moderate. The difficulty here is not elevation gain (with the exception of the Rim Rock Trail), but rather the constant rock ledges, steps, and frequent trail windings that must be negotiated."

Castlewood Canyon Loop Trip Reports

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Awesome trail for beginner trail runners. Good changes in topography make it an interesting and inspiring run. Great
views at the top of Rim Rock Trail;look for stone piles to keep on track of an easily lost trail. Canyon running is smooth and scenic.

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Trail Information

Castle Rock
Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.25 hours
Best March to November
6,280 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,628 feet
Top Elevation
Castlewood Canyon State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Russellville Gulch
Local Maps

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