Homestead to Rim Rock to Creek Bottom Loop

Franktown, CO
Length: 4.60 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This 4.6 mile loop is found in the West side of Castlewood Canyon State Park. It begins at the Homestead trail where there are a variety of educational information about the historic Lucas homestead and ranch, and then once you walk over the bridge you begin to climb up on the Rim Rock trail.  This portion does have the most elevation gain and this portion of the hike is exposed, but offers great views of the canyon.  Once you descend you will hike along the Creek Bottom trail that runs along a creek and offers some shade, and passes the Castlewood Dam ruins. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed.  This trail is not stroller or wheelchair friendly.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 910 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Viewpoint, and Waterfall

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $8.00

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

Park in the Homestead Trailhead parking lot, and be sure to enter the west entrance to the park.

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.