Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Gateway Mesa

Gateway Mesa
Town of Castle Rock Parks and Open Space

Date Hiked: April 20, 2013

Distance: 1.8 mi (RT)

Elevation Gain: 162ft

Elevation Min/Max:  6,494 > 6,563

Gateway Mesa Trail Map (Castle Rock)
Gateway Mesa Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  From Denver, head south on I-25 to Castle Rock.  Take the Founders Parkway exit (184) and head east for 4.4 miles to Hwy 86.  Make a left on 86 and in 2 miles turn right onto the driveway for the parking area and trailhead.

This is a short, easy, even trail that has some really cool landscape features.  It is great for kids or a relaxing stroll.  You'll get good views of the front range and the valley east of Castle Rock.  For a longer hike you can take the Mitchell Creek Canyon trail out and back for an extra 5 miles or so.  The loop itself is a little less than 2 miles but a very pleasant hike nonetheless.

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