Castle Rock

Location: Central Colorado
Trip Starts: Front Street
Trip Ends: Front Street
Total Distance: 1.4 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: John Emerson Summit Trail
Trail Traffic: Light to Moderate
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Castle Rock Park
1710 Front Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104


The Town of Castle Rock (6,224 feet) is located right of I-25 and is in between the Cities of Denver and Colorado Springs. The town is named after a castle tower-shaped butte that is the located in Castle Rock Park just north of downtown, and was originally settled by white settlers that were seeking gold.

This is a short hike in Castle Rock Colorado that has outstanding views of the town and the mountains to the West. You can hike to “The Rock” and walk around the base or if you are feeling adventurous scramble to the top. The hike is easy to moderate to climb to the base of Castle Rock but very difficult if you plan to climb to the top. There is a 370-foot elevation difference from the bottom to top (6,220 feet to 6,590 feet).

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