Roxborough State Park
Date Hiked: August 24, 2012
Distance: 6.5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 1,000ft
CO State Parks - Roxborough Trail Map
Carpenter Peak Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: This hike starts at the main parking area for Roxborough State Park (Park Fees are required). From Denver take C470 and exit at S. Wadsworth Blvd. Follow S. Wadsworth south until you pass by the Waterton Canyon Parking Area. The road then becomes Waterton Road as you bear left. Make a right on N. Rampart Range Rd. Take this road until it ends and you see the signs for Roxborough SP. When you enter the park you follow the good dirt road to the parking area and visitor's center. The trail starts across from the flag pole at the main trailhead.
This is my favorite hike in the park. It is a steady, moderate climb to a wonderful foothills peak. You get a birds eye view of the park and when the weather is right you can see the snowy ridges of the Mount Evans Massif. There are fewer people on this hike, since you gain about 1,000ft of elevation.
Start at the Visitor's Center and just follow the signs. There is not much thought involved in this hike, which allows you to take in the red rocks and the foothills in a relaxing way. The trail crosses County Road 5 and switchbacks up the slopes of Carpenter Peak. Just before the top you reach a trail junction pointing you to either the summit of the peak or Waterton Canyon. It sure would be fun to reach this peak via Waterton Canyon...I'll put it on my to-do list... The summit is rocky but ideal for a nice rest. When satisfied with the view, head back the same way.
An easy, quiet peak, in an otherwise busy state park just a stones throw from Denver.
btw - The photos below are from two different hikes one in August of 2012 and one from April 2011, just in case you were wondering...