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Castle Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (53)

Not a super technical climb but nonetheless demanding due to the constant grade and obstacles.


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3.9

Miles

6.2

KM

Singletrack

7,770' 2,368 m

High

6,031' 1,838 m

Low

1,740' 530 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Occasionally closed in muddy/wet conditions. Popular with hikers, and Jefferson County rangers have been known to ticket riders who exceed 15 MPH or ride aggressively.

Description

From the Mt. Falcon parking lot, you'll get a minimal warmup before the long grind on the Castle Rock trail begins. The grade isn't too steep but there are enough water bars, tight switchbacks and rock fields to make this a demanding climb.

About halfway up, a hard lefthand turn (with just a touch of tree shade) offers a brief respite before the climbing kicks in again. Then it's more grinding in small gears to the top. It's challenging to stay on the bike the entire time not because the technical challenge is super high but simply because of the relentless climbing and moderate obstacles that just keep coming.

A fit rider keeping the hammer down will need about 30 minutes (give or take) to reach the stone shelter. At a conversational pace, or with some breaks, the ascent could take an hour or more.

This trail continues all the way down to the other parking lot on the west side of the system at Mt. Falcon road, but most use Castle Trail to connect to the other great singletrack in the area.

From the stone shelter, continue on the Meadow trail to reach Parmalee and other Mt. Falcon singletrack. Or turn around at the shelter for the downhill leg just keep an eye peeled for uphill traffic and give yourself enough time to brake/yield on the sometimes loose surface.

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Shared By:

Mark Eller

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 53 votes

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  3.7 from 53 votes
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#168

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Photos

Near the Top of Castle Trail after climbing up the technical singletrack.
May 15, 2015 near Indian…, CO
Nice view of Denver skyline
Nov 12, 2019 near Indian…, CO
Near the 1st half of the climb
Dec 27, 2019 near Morrison, CO
Perfect weather condition, great view from the ruins.
Apr 2, 2019 near Indian…, CO
MOUNT FALCON  |  BLACK DIAMOND DESCENT
Nov 8, 2018 near Morrison, CO
A glimpse of the more difficult sections.
Sep 7, 2015 near Morrison, CO

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Jul 14, 2020
Jared Trouillot
Gazebo and back
Jul 2, 2020
Jared Trouillot
45min to gazebo
May 28, 2020
Colin Stead
1h 30m
Apr 6, 2020
Dan Laz
Sep 12, 2019
Patrick Burns
Meh. Wide and fairly uninteresting. Tons of two way traffic to contend with. 'Classic' front range bombing b/t switchbacks with poor sight lines.
Aug 3, 2019
Ian Weber
Jul 14, 2019
Luke Perkerwicz
Jun 29, 2019
Justin Blincoe