Castle Trail and Turkey Trot Loop

Mountainside hike next to Red Rocks Park with wide-open views over the Amphitheater and downtown Denver.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
5.3 km
Ascent
248 m
Descent
248 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
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Castle Trail and Turkey Trot Loop Map

Description

Mount Falcon Park has some intimidating trails that climb high into the hills, but Turkey Trot is the friendliest of them. It takes a more gradual and shaded route to the same views as its neighbor Castle Trail. Also, Turkey Trot is a hiker-only trail, meaning it’s not shared with mountain bikers. You can hike an out-and-back on Turkey Trot or the loop with Castle Trail, mapped here. Either way, you’ll earn elevated views over Red Rocks Amphitheater, the town of Morrison, and beyond to downtown Denver.

Beginning at Castle Trailhead East, the path is wide and smooth for some distance but gets tougher as it heads uphill. When Turkey Trot and Castle Trail diverge, follow Turkey Trot for an easier ascent. It’s shadier and climbs more gradually than Castle. Save Castle Trail for the trip downhill, and you’ll enjoy constant views unfolding before you from the mountain’s open slopes.

Sources: https://www.gjhikes.com/2017/09/turkey-trot.html https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/9378/Mount-Falcon-Park-Map

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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