Roxborough State Park
Carpenter Peak Trail
~6 miles RT
J and I had found ourselves down in Lonetree a couple weekends ago, so we looked for an easy, nearby hike -- preferably staying out of the forecasted high winds.
After a nice breakfast at Cafe Terracotta in Littleton, we headed south to Roxborough State Park.
I'd been to Roxborough before, when we lived in Denver, and ran a nice loop involving nearby DougCo Open Space trails that drop into the park. I figured J would enjoy the best part of the trail up to Carpenter Peak.
The trail climbs steadily and gently through a scrubby, elfin forest.
The summit has decent, but not spectacular views to the west. The views to the east, over Chatfield Reservoir and towards Denver, are probably more unique and interesting for the area.
This is a pleasant, leisurely hike (and an easily-runnable grade) near the Denver area, and another Colorado State Park worth checking out.