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Date Tuesday  4/9/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Changed from 4-10 re Weather RMOTHG Castlewood Canyon State Park
Start Time 9:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Sarah Strandjord
Member Price Free
Available Participants 12
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Easy A
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain 300
Driving Distance 20

Location

HIKE DATE CHANGED to TUESDAY April 9th.   All other information and plans are the same.   

This date change is due to forcasted adverse weather for original date.

Location:

Castlewood Canyon State Park, West Entrance                                                                                                                        Castlewood Canyon Rd, Castle Rock 80104 .

On Hwy 86 turn South onto Castlewood Canyon Rd ( this is immediately west of small bridge and half mile West of where CO- 86 intersects CO-83 in Franktown.)  It is then  ~2.5 miles to the Park's West entrance.  

GPS:   N 39.36118   W 104.76830

 

Meet-up to form carpools at I-25 exit #184 for Founders Parkway.    Plan to arrive by 09:30 and be ready to depart to State Park at 09:45.  This timing will hopefully avoid heaviest rush hour traffic.  However if afternoon weather forecast is for rain, it could be best to start earlier and the pre-hike email update will include this time information.

Hikers, with Colorado State Park passes, please volunteer to drive.  Otherwise there is an $8 per car Park Fee

 

Directions:

Tuesday's email update will include additional specifics for this meet-up location.  But basic directions are

At top of Southbound I-25 Exit ramp # 184 turn LEFT (EAST ) onto Founders Parkway and cross over I-25.  There are stop lights at the ramps on both sides of I-25. Then a block East of I-25 there is another stop light at Allen Way. Turn Right at this stop light and you will be driving between a Sonic and a Circle K gas station and will be entering a shopping center parking lot.  Meet and park in this lot in the vicinity of the Shell gas station.

Written specific driving directions from Meet-up site to Park's West entrance will be provided to carpool drivers at the Meet-up

 



For more info Contact

Sarah Strandjord

cell: 309- 360-6631  call or text

email: sarahstrandjord@yahoo.com



Details

Elevation range6,300 to 6,400 ft, with several ups and downs for total elevation gain of about 300 ft



Distance:  5 miles



We will hike on sections of several connected trails on the West side of this park. They include: Homestead Trail, Creek Bottom Trail, Falls Spur, and Dam Spur.  



Castlewood Canyon State Park preserves a unique area regarding complex natural history, both geologic sequence and 4 distinct ecosystems, at the north end of the Palmer Divide.  Additionally human history includes ancient peoples plus recent history with construction of an earth and rock dam in 1890, to form an irrigation reservoir called Lake Louisa.  This dam infamously failed in 1933 and the resulting flood reached downtown Denver. Subsequently the Cheery Creek dam was constructed downstream, for flood control, and its Cherry Creek Reservoir area was developed to become Cherry Creek State Park.




Notes

Each Person should bring water, snacks / lunch, and their 10 essentials including: personal medications and first aid items, plus sunprotections, and likely rain gear.  However, light backpacks are appropriate for this easy hike and location.  

Please notify the leader prior to the hike if you have any personal medical issues which could impact you and the hike. 

There are vault toilets at several locations in the park.

An email update will be sent mid-day on Tuesday April 9th and include information on weather and Spring trail contitions, plus an earlier start time, if rain and thunderstorms are in afternoon forecast. It is early Spring and rain for subsequent wildflowers is needed.  However it is hot at Castlewood in the summer, so spring hikes have a temperature advantage at this location.

There are several coffee shops & cafes at meet-up location shopping area, for an optional after hike social.

 

 

 

 

 




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