Roxborough State Park is only 45 minutes from Denver and provides a perfect getaway from the bustle of city life.

Carpenter Peak stands at 7,166 feet above sea level. While that altitude might not exactly take your breath away, the views from the top certainly will. 

Starting at the Visitor's Center, the trail to Carpenter's Peak begins as a relatively flat, well-traveled trail. A little less than a mile into the hike, you're given the choice to take a left and head on the South Rim Trail, or a right and continue up to the peak. From that point on, it's uphill. 

The top of the peak offers astounding views of the foothills and the mountains. On clear days, you can see Denver in the distance or catch a bald eagle playing in the wind. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Entrance fee ($7)

There are mountain lions in Roxborough State Park, the following items aren't necessary to make the hike, but are suggested by the park.

  • Trekking poles
  • Knife
Show More
RT Distance 6.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1171 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Good Hike

Nice trails, pretty views. Not a difficult hike.

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Walk the Willow Creek Loop

35 Saves

Hike the South Rim Trail at Roxborough State Park

222 Saves

Hike the Fountain Valley Trail at Roxborough State Park

346 Saves