Let's Hike! Looking for an excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? I have two dreaded words for you: Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving, also known as "Fresh Air Friday", is a great day to go out for a family-friendly hike. On this day, all Colorado State Parks are free. We hope you choose to "Opt Outside" with us!
For the 3rd year in a row, we are doing this event jointly with the Pikes Peak Atheists and Atheist Families.
Castlewood Canyon State Park has everything you could hope for in a park, and then some: Gorgeous scenery with many rock formations, a creek with natural beaches all along it, rocks to climb on and cool stuff to explore. This wonderful park is east and south of Denver in Franktown.
We recommend that you **bring a picnic lunch and water**.
I hope you'll make it to one of our favorite hikes!
-- Hike Summary --
• Distance: ~3 miles (incl. the Dam)
• Difficulty: moderate (some elevation change and uneven ground); not stroller-friendly
• Trail: clean, well-marked, dirt trail with rocks
• Parking: ample parking at the Canyon Point Parking Lot
• Facilities: restrooms near the trail head
• Fur Kids: Friendly dogs OK on leashes
• Entry Fees: FREE on Fresh Air Friday (carpooling recommended)
-- Our Route --
From the Canyon Point Parking Lot, we will do a great 2-mile loop in the canyon for our hike today. It does not have any crazy steep climbs, but there are some brief ups and downs throughout the hike, and a couple of places with stairs. We will probably do a side leg over to the dam, also.
Park Info: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/CastlewoodCanyon/
-- Parking --
*** We'll meet at the Canyon Point Parking Lot. This lot is ONLY accessible from the Park's Main Entrance on the East side of the park on Highway 83. ***
-- Tips / Reminders --
- Carry and drink plenty of water!
- Sunscreen and bug spray are advised.
- A hat and supportive footwear are also advisable.
- We may hike in some rain. Be prepared.
-- Safety --
SAFETY FIRST… I have no medical provisions or training. Hike at your own risk.
We may not have cell service out here, so if in doubt, play it safe.
Should Zeus be displeased, understand Lightening Safety (http://www.rockymountainhikingtrails.com/lightning-hiking-rocky-mountains.htm) (link).