Saturday, April 20, 2013
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.