Town of Castle Rock Parks and Open Space
Date Hiked: April 20, 2013
Distance: 1.5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 400ft
Elevation Min/Max: 6,195 > 6,551ft
Rock Park Trail Map (Castle Rock POSP)
Rock Park Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: From Denver take I-25 S to Castle Rock, exit the Wolfensberger/Wilcox exit and head east on Wilcox. Make a left of 5th Street and another left onto Front Street. The trailhead and parking are will be on your right... or... just look for the big rock in the middle of town and head for the base...
This short, popular hike take you up to the base of the large rock thingy that looks like a castle...hmmm...I wonder if that's why they call this town Castle Rock...hmmm.....
The hike will gently ascend up the side of Castle Rock and put out onto the top of the mesa with the Rock. There is no trail up to the top of the rock, just to the top of the mesa. From there you can walk all the way around the rock, which is impressive up close. Follow the trail on the opposite side of the rock and it will loop you back to the parking lot. This is a great hike for kids as they will love being up close to the enormous rock face.