Location: Castle Rock, CO
Distance from Denver: 31mi (~35min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~1mi ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Easy ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Street parking, but wide empty street ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: None
Where To Eat After the Hike: Yolanda's Tacos | Damascus Grill | Next Door Bar
First hike of 2018 is officially in the books! We took the opportunity of a sunny day to take this quick trek up to the famed Castle Rock. The rock itself (shaped like the castle/fort) was apparently formed by magma from Mount Princeton, according to the internet. Indeed, the first miners dug for rhyolite, which is a volcanic byproduct. Pretty cool, right?
This is an easy trail if you want to take in views of the community below and don't have a lot of time to spend trying to drive up to the mountains. We liked it as a quick study break. PSST: you actually have to rock climb to get up to the top where the American flag is (that you can see on the highway). Obviously, we chose not to do this because it looked unsafe. Definitely disappointed about that, but we still found a ledge that got us a leeeeetle higher than the main plateau. B & I agreed that if we lived in Castle Rock, we would probably hike this at sunrise as a great way to start the day.
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