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Castlewood Canyon Hike

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog

We’ve had an action packed weekend and we topped it off with an Autumn hike at Castlewood Canyon State Park.  With the threat of afternoon thunder showers, we decided to skip our Plan A, a hike at Mt Evans, to Plan B, a hike at Castlewood Canyon State Park in Franktown.

Castlewood Canyon State Park is located on Highway 83, just south of Parker, CO.  There are two entrances, one on the north end of the park, located on Highway 86 and the other on the southeast side of the park of Highway 83.

There are 15 hikes in the park, ranging from easy to difficult. We chose the Southeast entrance and hiked the 4 mile East Canyon Trail with moderate difficulty and got caught in a sprinkle of rain.  It’s a beautiful hike and quite the mixture of terrain. We hiked trails in the wide open of the high plains, down into the canyon and across the river on a foot bridge, up and over rocks again.

I love moments like this with my son.  No phone, no internet, just great conversation and even quiet moments of taking in our surroundings!

We saw only 4 people on our hike. It was a perfect way to allow for downtime after and action packed weekend celebrating 2 birthdays!

Here’s the beauty we saw along the way!

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Bridge Canyon Overlook

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The bright orange caught my eye, but as I was adding the photos, I saw the feathered stems surround the orange.

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One lonely orange flower in the grasslands.

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The little guy was munching on the dandelion.

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Stacked rocks indicated the trail, the was the largest on the trail.

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Scrub oak acorns.

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Clover!  We didn’t find a 4 leaf clover.

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Cattails

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Aster

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Virginia Creeper in Autumn red color.

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Hiking under the bridge.

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My hiking buddy!

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It’s amazing how both cactus, moss and ferns are all growing in the same environment.

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