Cherry Creek Trail and Creek Bottom Trail at Castlewood Canyon
Updated on December 27, 2009 by Mary Norton
DifficultyEasy-Moderate hike over rocky terrain and canyon.
Trail Length2 mile loop.
Castlewood Canyon State Park hosts a number of fun and scenic trails. Begin at the Westside parking lot and trailhead.
Start your hike on the Cherry Creek Trail north to the Lucas Homestead site. From there, take the Homestead trail until you meet up with the Creek Bottom Trail where you will go right (you may want to stop and take a look at the water while you are at this intersection- a great place for throwing stones into the water). After that section of the Creek Bottom Trail, you will go right onto the Cherry Creek Trail again back to the parking lot. Grab a map at the trailhead.
The trail offers hiking through scrub oak, small hills, and eventually down into the canyon itself. The canyon walls are covered in trees and lush vegetation, and the bottom of the canyon is covered in huge boulders. It is well maintained and has areas of gradual incline, creek crossing and and shade.
We enjoyed packing a lunch and eating on the side of the trail once we found a large rock to call our table. There are many such areas along the trail – down near the water is open and there is a lot to see. Or, you may choose to have your picnic at one of the many picnic tables provided at the trailhead.
Restrooms available at trailhead.
Note:You may also enjoy: Inner Canyon Trail
DirectionsClick Map below: Travel to Castlewood Canyon State Park - west entry.
AttractionsDowntown Castle Rock offers several small-town eateries including Mexican food, American Bistro, Pizzerias, Sienna Grill, BozDog Coffee and many others. The downtown area is small enough that you can explore for a few minutes to discover where and what you want to eat. Great after spending time hiking in Castlewood Canyon's trails.
About Mary Norton, Contributor of this Hike
Mary grew up here, so she knows all the best places to go! With a family of 6 children and no lack of enthusiasm for the outdoors, Mary is well qualified to give you tips and hike spots that will challenge you as well as delight your whole family. Whether you have kids, dogs, or are just looking to enjoy nature by yourself, Mary will show you where to go to find what you are looking for.