Carpenter Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Douglas County, Colorado. It is three miles long and begins at 6,871 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,618 feet. Carpenter Peak (elevation 7,129 feet) can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail are information guideposts.
Carpenter Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Roxborough State Park is a red rock wonder that shouldn’t be missed. You can enjoy a short and easy route by hiking the Carpenter Peak Trail over to County Road 5. The road route isn’t mentioned in park literature but it is one of the most scenic and easy (2.2 miles) out-and-back treks. You can savor intimate views of the dark red “sculptures” while strolling along the road. You have to cross the road to access the Carpenter Peak Trail. If you’re ambitious, continue on to the summit of Carpenter Peak."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"For spring wildflowers or for fall colors, this hike amongst impressive red rock formations is worth doing twice in a year. Roxborough was the name of the Irish family estate of Henry Persse. He and Julius Carpenter were homesteaders in this area. Roxborough State Park charges an entry fee and pets are forbidden. The surrounding red rock formations are truly impressive — dramatic hogbacks, spires and monoliths of sandstone, red due to oxidation of iron minerals. This is a special hike that is worth repeating twice in the year — at the beginning of May colorful wildflowers overflow the valley meadows, and in October scrub oak, clothing the slopes of Carpenter Peak, turn a deep, rich crimson."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"The rocks jut from the ground at a 60-degree angle, providing magnificent photo opportunities from the floor of the park as well as from vantage points on the trails at the upper reaches of the park. Without a doubt, this park is awe-inspiring, and definitely worth a visit. Trails are very well signed and expertly constructed; the majority are singletrack. The park was established in 1975 and abuts Pike National Forest to the west and open space to the east. Nelson Ranch Open Space, a 695acre parcel, is southeast of the park and is accessed by the Swallowtail Trail. This trail also connects to the 4.6-mile Sharptail Trail, which leads northeast to the Sharptail Ridge Open Space."
--Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones , Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides).
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