Carpenter Peak Trail

Douglas County, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,618ft
Trailhead Elevation6,871ft
Elevation Min/Max6206/7112ft
Elevation Start/End6871/6871ft

Carpenter Peak Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Powerline Trail - Usfs 800 and South Rim Trail.

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"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." Read more
Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides)
Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones
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"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." Read more

Carpenter Peak Trail Reviews

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A nice hike through varying terrain and foliage with views of red rocks at Roxborough State Park. The power line spur adds a couple miles and is worth the diversion. Another fun addition is to come down the back of the peak into Waterton Canyon at the Strontia Springs dam. This makes the hike about 13 miles and is no longer a loop, so you’ll need a ride or leave a vehicle at Waterton Canyon parking lot.
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Nice easy hike close to Denver. Glad we headed out early on this beautiful weekend because the trail was getting too crowded for my taste as we were coming back down. Park info says trail length is 6.4 and "strenuous", but the GPS had 6.6 round-trip from the upper parking lot and "strenuous" must be relative to the other trails in the park. Carpenter Peak may be the longest and the highest, but I'd wouldn't call it strenuous.
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There were lots of great wildflowers on the trail at this time of year. It was also a lot more heavily forested than I expected. Lots of Gambel Oak with some Douglas Fir mixed in here and there. There were some great views of the plains on the way up, and it seemed some good views to the west on top of Carpenter Peak. Unfortunately a thunderstorm was brewing by the time we reached the summit, so we hurried back down without taking in much of the view, which was mostly obscured by clouds at that point anyway.
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Great hike at a lower altitude. If you add the powerline trail to the hike, it is a complete loop of about 8 miles. Be careful for bear, mountain lion, and rattle snakes!! The whole area is great for families with small kids also.

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Dec 2018