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Castlewood Canyon - Rimrock to Creek Bottom Loop

Intermediate

Trail

4.6 mile 7.4 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 610' 186 m
Descent: -612' -187 m
High: 6,561' 2,000 m
Low: 6,163' 1,879 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by JC Condon

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

JC Condon

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 8:00 a.m. 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.

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Jul 14, 2019
Rob Brackett
Combined Rimrock, Creek Bottom, and Inner Canyon Trail for a figure 8 loop and ran it twice. Best running trail in the area! 13.7mi — 2h 25m
Apr 22, 2019
Teresa Christopher
Mar 23, 2019
Josh M
Jul 22, 2018
G Raahauge
May 5, 2018
Arthur
5mi
Feb 18, 2018
Mark Darling
muddy and icy in February
Feb 3, 2018
Erika Tokarz
May 30, 2017
Rob Carr
8.3mi

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  4.6 from 46 votes

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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
Early October stroll, perfect brisk weather, overlooking the small falls
Oct 7, 2018 near Castle…, CO

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