|Ponderosa Pine along Memmen Ridge Open Space Trail|
27% of Castle Rock's land area is devoted to parks, trails and open spaces like this with a total of 56 miles of both natural surface and paved trails within the town limits. It is nice to be able to walk or bicycle so near your home.
It was a very peaceful hike, with red-headed warblers and Colorado bluebirds flitting among the oak scrub, grasshoppers springing up from the dirt trail in front of me and the low sound of wind in the trees. The smell of the pines was strong, the meadow air was fresh as just washed, and the varied blossoms of cactus, Indian paintbrush and bluebells colored the scene. From the ridge you could see over the town to the front range in the west.
How to find Memmen Ridge Open Space: From the Castle Rock/Highway 86 exit 182 on I-25, travel south on Wilcox Street to 5th Street (Highway 86) and make a left turn. Go 5 blocks and turn right on Gilbert Street. At the stop sign at South Street, turn left and then take your first right onto S. Oman Road. Make a quick left into the trailhead parking lot. A trail map is available HERE.