Carpenter Peak Trail

#2 of 5 trails in Roxborough State Park
Carpenter Peak Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Littleton, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

7.0 miles 1223 feet Out & Back
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Carmen Carmen Dozal
9 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Leanne M.
3 months ago

The trail was varied in condition: dry dirt, mud, snow and ice in different parts. I would highly suggest to bring yak tracks or snow cleats to make sure you don't slip on the trail in the snow and ice portions. Great views, and a low moderate difficulty. Would suggest this as a close hike near Denver!

James Lanciaux
3 months ago

10 Completed9 Reviews

Ran this trail to the peak and back. The climb was relatively gradual and I had no problem maintaining a steady pace all the way up. Great views of the rock formations below for most of the way up. Dodge in and out of some tree cover but lots of vistas along the way. Beautiful view of the mountains to the west at the top. Running the power line trail to make a loop would give you close to 8 miles.

Jessica Selk
7 months ago

6 Completed1 Reviews

Mark Domnick
7 months ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

The trail is very nice. Moderate in difficulty with great views especially at the top. Not too busy even on a holiday weekend. I passed maybe twenty people on the trail.

Pros: Close to town, good workout and great views.

Cons: Dogs aren't allowed. It's a state park and I guess they do not like dogs.

Ani Vidrine
8 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

The trail is narrow and overgrown at parts, so consider wearing hiking pants instead of shorts. I use walking sticks and consider this a "one stick hike" because the trail is so narrow. It begins with an easy, mostly level .6 mile. Then there is a slow, steady incline for about an hour. The rest of the trail after that is pretty close to level. No sharp inclines. Nice variety on the trail with sweeping views alternating with scrub oak forests. Very hot this time of year. Bring plenty water.

Jeannie Malsam
9 months ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Gorgeous. Difficult cause of the 900 ft. Elevation gain. Just gorgeous walk through trees and surrounded by butterflies. Very rewarding view at the top!

Omar Garcia
9 months ago

13 Completed1 Reviews


10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Julie Lacey
10 months ago

15 Completed4 Reviews

The "difficult" rating for this trail comes from the fact that it's all gain going up and then you come back down that same way. The trail itself is a little rocky, but nothing too serious. We had a lot of rain this spring, so everything is very green and lush!

Brent G.
10 months ago

Steven Romero
10 months ago

18 Completed3 Reviews

Cool views close to town. Do it early to enjoy wildlife and beat the heat.

Alex Keenan
10 months ago

6 Completed1 Reviews

Excellent trail. Not too busy. Great views

Jody Weisman
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice trail. No dogs and limited parking so there aren't that many people at one time visiting the park. Nice views of Denver. Wild flowers and hummingbirds all over. Fun few hours.

Joshua Colky
1 year ago

20 Completed9 Reviews

Excellent "beginning of the season" hike to get the blood flowing and the body moving. Very pretty, the trail gets away from the children who are found at the trailhead. We went on a Sunday and while the main area was crowded, there was no one on the actual summit of the mountain. We saw no snow and very little mud, and the views of the PIke's Peak National Forest and the Front Range are excellent.

Brent G.
1 year ago

Really pretty trail. Still a little muddy and slushy but definitely doable. I had forgotten this was a state park so without the state pass it's $7. (It's marked as strenuous. I wouldn't call it that. It's more moderate. If this is considered strenuous then the easy trails would have a moving sidewalk :)) Psl. 19

Jason Wilson
1 year ago

95 Completed40 Reviews

This is a great hike for being so close to town, a little crowded but that is to be expected. Still quite a bit of snow, ice, and mud, especially as you climb in elevation. Good views of Denver and looking down on Roxborough and Arrowhead.

Kelly Wilmot
1 year ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

Conditions today were fairly muddy but doable even in minimal running shoes. Trail overall in great shape. Honestly wouldn't call this a difficult hike, maybe moderate in parts. Saw lots of deer. Nice 360 views at the top. Good mix of forest trail and open space.

Shawn Carlton
1 year ago

21 Completed11 Reviews

Great from-range peak that offers a great view of the Roxborough rock formations, Denver, and Rockies. Easy to get familiar with winter hiking on this trail with plenty of ice to keep things interesting. The trail up is a winter wonderland of thickets leading to short runs of pine forest. This trail would be easily conquered with a pair of trekking poles, crampons, and a few hours of free time.

Tina Lamar
1 year ago

12 Completed5 Reviews

Two hour to the top but amazing views when u get there. Only a little over an hour down. Great hike