Canyon View to Inner Canyon to Lake Gulch Loop

Franktown, CO
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Loop

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This 2 mile loop hike is found within the Castlewood Canyon State Park. It is best for a carrier hike, and can be technical is certain areas. There are 2 creek crossings, the first has a bridge and the second is a little technical if the creek is high, because you walk on rocks.  There are areas to stop by the creek and allow time to play nearby on hot summer days. There are great views within the canyon. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. This trail is not stroller or wheelchair friendly.  This trail can get busy on weekends in the summertime.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 436 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Viewpoint, and Visitor Center

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $8.00

Parks Passes
Daily Pass: $8.00
Annual Pass: $80.00
Aspen Leaf Annual Pass (64+) : $70.00

Be sure to park in the parking lot next to the playground.

Trail Contributor

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I have lived in Colorado Springs since 2010, and really enjoy hiking! I became active with Hike it Baby in April 2016 and fell in love with carrier hikes. I became a branch ambassador for the Colorado Springs branch in February 2018.  I now help with the national team with localized support and the LEAP program.  I currently host and enjoy toddler led and stroller hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There

To reach the main entrance of Castlewood Canyon State Park, take I-25 to Castle Rock, exit onto Founders Parkway eastbound. Take Founders Parkway to Hwy 86, go east on Hwy 86 four miles to Franktown. Turn South on Hwy 83 (S. Parker Rd) and go five miles south to the main park entrance.