Carpenter Peak Trail

#2 of 6 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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Hide Map

Directions from Castle Rock: Travel northwest on Highway 85 toward Sedalia. Continue approximately 6 miles past Sedalia to Titan Road. (Before the left turn on to Titan Road is a sign for Roxborough State Park.) Follow Titan Road as it turns into Rampart Range Road and leads you to Roxborough Road and the park entrance.

Gaela Oster
5 days ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

This was not an easy trail. When you start at the park, the signs there say if is Strenuous. Nice trail but best to do early in the day. Lots of unshaded areas. I would say moderate to hard. Enjoy.

Connor Curry
10 days ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Fun, and challenging run up to the peak, and obviously great views at the top.

Ashley Doehring
19 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

No dog. To hike. A mountain. Outside. Great job Colorado, "one of the best states with dog adoption rates"

Carmen Dozal
1 month ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

Selma Kuurstra
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

We did this trail when there was quite some snow, so poles and/or spikes were very helpful. The views are absolutely magnificent (it was our first time in the park). Even though it was a Saturday, it was relatively quiet (but we were told that is not always the case and when the park has reached its limit of visitors, you will not get in). Going slow, it took us about 4 hours.

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
4 months ago

10 Completed10 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

7 Completed3 Reviews

Mark Domnick
8 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
9 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 Completed3 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
10 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.
11 months ago

Jonathan Buck
11 months ago

23 Completed12 Reviews

Very good trail. Pretty flat first quarter or so. Middle half is strenuous, with lots of stairs and elevation gain. Last quarter or so is undulating, without a lot of actual gain. Nice views after first quarter.

Steven Romero
11 months ago

19 Completed3 Reviews

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

Alex Keenan
11 months ago

7 Completed1 Reviews

Excellent trail. Not too busy. Great views

Jody Weisman
11 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.

Kerry McNellis
11 months ago

9 Completed9 Reviews

Very well maintained. Had over fourth different species of plants that were all beautiful. Great views all around. Beautiful red sandstone. With easy footing and lots of windflowers. A good and steady climb on the way up. Well worth the sweat!