Friday, February 19, 2016

Natural Surface Trails in Castle Rock and Douglas County, Colorado

For the snowshoeing and cross-country skiing crowd in Colorado, there are many local trails in and around Castle Rock that are natural surface and are not cleared of snow during the winter. These trails include some that are nestled in deep woodlands and others that are in an urban environment. For many, just a chance to get out in the snow without having to drive into the mountains is a relief.
In Castle Rock these natural surface trails include:
Gateway Mesa
Hidden Mesa plus the interconnect trail to the paved Cherry Creek Trail
Crystal Valley/Rhyolite Fitness Trail
The Rock Trail is the climb up Castle Rock
Memmen Ridge Open Space
Just out of town you can add:
Dawson Butte Open Space Trail
Spruce Mountain Trail
Spruce Meadows Trail
Lincoln Butte Open Space Trails
Many more Douglas County Colorado Open Space trails are listed HERE, most are unpaved.
Please enjoy yourself during the winter months, dress warmly, carry the 10 Essentials, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Check my Winter Hiking Prep Blog here.

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