The trail to Carpenter Peak is a 6.4 mile round-trip hike of moderate-to-steep terrain. Its summit is the highest point in the park and provides a spectacular view in all directions.
Park Pass: Roxborough is a state park and all visitors are required to display a valid Colorado State Parks Pass or purchase a daily pass. Passes are available for $7 at the park entrance, the Visitor Center or the self service station.
Carpooling: A couple options for carpooling if you don't have a state park pass...
1. For those coming from the north, meet Keith at 8:20am at the North Table Mountain parking lot located located in Golden just off Highway 93. Email Keith directly if you plan on meeting at this location to form some car pools. We'll meet the group at the next carpool location...
2. Meet closer to the park at 9:15am - BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN ADVISED THE PARKING LOT FOR THE WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT OFFICE IS DIFFICULT TO LOCATE BY MANY I AM CHANGING THE MEETING LOCATION TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE LARGE PARKING LOT LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF NORTH RAMPAGE RANGE ROAD AND WEST WATERTON ROAD. THIS IS THE SHOPPING CENTER WHERE THE WATERTON TAVERN, LUNCH LOCATION, AND SAFEWAY ARE LOCATED. PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL BEFORE HAND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONTACT ME AT[masked] IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY LOCATING THIS MEETING LOCATION ON THURSDAY. We will meet in this parking lot at 9:15 am and we'll consolidate and drive fewer cars into the park.
Optional Lunch after the hike at the Waterton Tavern located at 8361 North Rampart Range Road | Littleton, CO 80125 | [masked] Check it out www.watertontavern.com
Directions to the Trailhead: Take Wadsworth south past Chatfield State Park. Turn left on Waterton Road (just before the entrance to Lockheed Martin.) Continue on Waterton Road—crossing the South Platte River, until it ends at North Rampart Range Road (1.6 miles) Turn right (south) on North Rampart Range Road. Continue south past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant. (2.3 miles) At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road (just before the entrance to Arrowhead golf course), turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park.
From Santa Fe - Head south on Santa Fe (Highway 85) to Titan Road. (4.2 miles south of C-470 intersection) Turn right (west) on Titan Road. Continue heading west on Titan Road. It will curve and begin to head south—becoming North Rampart Range Road (3 miles). Continue south on North Rampart Range Road past Roxborough Village and the Foothills Water Treatment Plant (3.5 miles). At the intersection of North Rampart Range Road and Roxborough Park Road, turn left onto Roxborough Park Road. Take the next right on East Roxborough Drive(about 50 yards away) to enter the park.
Weather: It's Colorado, so watch the weather and dress for the weather. If in doubt, bring a small duffle bag with all your options! Always bring extra layers, a warm wind/moisture resistant jacket, gloves, hat, neck gaiter, poles, micro spikes and whatever else you need to make this an enjoyable experience. Please - No cotton or jeans for winter hikes.
Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!
Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.
See you there!