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The Castle Rock (6,590 Feet) - Castle Rock, Colorado

A Pleasant Hike In Castle Rock - Douglas County, Colorado
For years, I drove up and down Interstate 25 between Colorado Springs and Denver, and often I'd gaze at the natural wonder known as Castle Rock. In fact, the town of Castle Rock is named after the landmark. This is a great hike. It's only 0.7 miles to the base of the upper rock with overlooks all around. (You can also scramble up the rocks to reach the top, as I did, but it is a challenge and not recommended for the inexperienced, intoxicated or faint of heart.)

Directions: The park is named Rock Park in Castle Rock. There is a parking lot on Front Street, north of the rock.

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The view of Castle Rock from Interstate 25 northbound. It looks like ship, doesn't it? :)

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Castle Rock in all her beauty, as seen from Front Street.

Photos and video by Steve Garufi in Fruita, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

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Castle Rock Trail

Photos

September 26, 2013 - This was the first image from my hike. There's a perimeter trail and a summit trail. Truly, you'd be hard-pressed to get lost here. ;)

Note: This should not be confused with the Castle Rock near Buena Vista in Chaffee County.

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Coming closer to Castle Rock.

As I noted earlier, there are overlooks and benches at the base of the upper rock ...

... but if you want to continue and reach the summit, there's is a rocky area on the east side.

Another hiker showed me the route. All in all, it wasn't too difficult, but there are two spots by that upper tree that have some unnerving verticality and exposure.

Castle Rock, CO Landmark On top, it's a plateau. There's a U.S. flag and a lighted star.
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Four photos of the summit views. It was neat to see what the town of Castle Rock and the Interstate looks like from up there.

With regret, I haven't done that much hiking in the area, although I have hiked to the Devils Head Fire Lookout outside of Sedalia.

Pikes Peak

The drop-off around the edges is steep. It's understandable why the authorities do not encourage anyone to climb to the top like I did.

Also, do you see Pikes Peak in the distance on the right? :)

I zoomed-in as best as I could. Such a pretty mountain.

Steve A self-portrait.

I proudly wore one of my Hogs shirts, although we will get killed by Texas A&M this weekend. :o)

Castle Rock, Colorado On top, the view toward the east.
Castle Rock, Colorado It was an enjoyable and moderate hike. I recommend it!

One last photo of this beauty as I got on Interstate 25, returning to Colorado Springs.

Video

One nice and long video, showing you everything.

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