Carpenter Peak

We decided to cross this one off the list before it was too late and hot in the season. It was still probably a little too late, but i’m looking forward to doing it again in the fall and adding the back loop! It’s part of Roxborough State park. There are other shorter option, but none have much shade! All trials info here

We started pretty early – hit the park by 8, 8:15. It was free day, we didn’t know till too late, but apparently the people wanting free, also wanted to sleep in, so we were ushered right through the park and into the first parking lot woot!

Pro tip: bathrooms at the visitor center and very nice, with a sink and soap and hand drier!

We started out just as another large group was getting started. We were a little nervous, but it all worked out and as we took turns passing each other we learned some interesting tidbits!


  • 6.5 miles, 1000 foot elevation gain
  • A nice hike, in direct sun.
  • Add more on in the fall and take a different way back