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Castlewood Canyon - Rimrock to Creek Bottom Loop

Intermediate
 4.4 (57) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun, rolling trail with a sense of seclusion, great geology, and historical sites.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

91%

Runnable

6,561' 2,000 m

High

6,163' 1,879 m

Low

610' 186 m

Up

612' 187 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

  • Colorado State Parks' Pass or a day pass required at parking areas.
  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Overview

This is a great 4-mile loop that you can explore year round. This loop will take you up close to caves, cliffs, homestead sites, abandoned dams and along the creek bottom. Located so close to the hustle and bustle of the front range, this is a great spot to find some quiet.

Description

From the Homestead trailhead follow the Homestead Trail which is a short, flat, and beginner-friendly trip to the homestead ruins. Continue around the ruins to the first junction.

Go left passing the Cherry Creek Trail and head up the hill to the mesa. Stay left at the junction with the Creek Bottom Trail and then follow the cairns on the Rimrock Trail as it makes its way south. Here you'll get great views of Cherry Creek down below. After the trail descends steeply, you'll arrive at the old dam site which is worth a stop to check out.

Make your way west around the dam to reach the Inner Canyon/Lake Gulch/ Creek Bottom Trail junction. Head north, taking a right at the junction to join the Creek Bottom Trail which is a mellow, rolling trail along Cherry Creek with views of the cliffs and caves. Enjoy the view from below the cliffs as the trail winds its way back to the Homestead Trail, and take a left to get back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

JC Condon with improvements by Ken DeRose

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  4.4 from 57 votes

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Photos

Cherry Creek Falls
Aug 1, 2015 near Castle…, CO
Remnants of the Castlewood Canyon dam.
Jul 4, 2016 near Castle…, CO
Castlewood Canyon waterfall.
Jul 4, 2016 near Castle…, CO
Castlewood Canyon, Colorado
Aug 5, 2015 near Castle…, CO
Rim Rock Trail overlooking the Dam to the south
Oct 7, 2018 near Castle…, CO
Amazing steps from the bottom of the canyon up Rimrock Trail.
Aug 23, 2020 near Castle…, CO

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Dec 29, 2020
Kayleen Castelli
Em and matt. Snowy 4.8mi
Oct 9, 2020
Keith Litkowiak
-Great run in the fall with tree colors changing - Historical ruins - Jack went with and ran great, but a few nerve wrecking areas (cliffs)
Aug 18, 2020
DavidHH
Aug 14, 2020
DavidHH
Jul 22, 2020
Corbin Larsen
First time I really ran my hardest all the way through 6.9mi — 0h 55m
Jul 20, 2020
Corbin Larsen
Muddy along Creek Bottom trail 6.5mi — 1h 15m
Jun 10, 2020
Brendan Ross
Apr 29, 2020
Corbin Larsen
Rim Rock to Inner Canyon to Lake Gulch to Creek Bottom 6.6mi — 1h 11m