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Castlewood Ranch Boulders

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Castlewood Ranch Boulders  

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Submitted By: Tom Hanson on Mar 10, 2006
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Castlewood Ranch is the name given collectively to several independent areas to the west of Castlewood Canyon State Park.

Getting There 

From the intersection of State Hwy 86 and Enderud Blvd in Castle Rock:
Enderud S to Mikelson Blvd.
Mikelson E to Mitchell St.
Mitchell E then N to where it dead ends. Park here.

Follow the dirt road north. The road dissipates to a trail as it approaches the rim, near the corner of the rim above the confluence of Mitchell Gulch and Willow Creek Canyon.

Tom's Trove is located at some boulders at the east end of the north rim above the mouth of Mitchell Gulch. The rocks will be found just west of where a faint trail descends into Mitchell Gulch. Please note: There is no rock climbing allowed down in the west end of Mitchell Gulch. This is posted at the trailheads off of Enderud Blvd and Mikelson Blvd, to the east.

However, up top, above the rim at the east end of the canyon, where this area lies, climbing has not been an issue. Please use discretion when climbing here. Caravan your party into one car to avoid any issues with parking at the end of Mitchell St.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

Photos of Castlewood Ranch Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Ben working the Crux on Tara's Traverse
Ben working the Crux on Tara's Traverse
Ben climbing on the cactus side.
Ben climbing on the cactus side.

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By M Lindfors
From: Highlands Ranch
May 22, 2006
The rock is very sandy and flakes off easily.
Be on the lookout for many cacti.
By Shaun Conrardy
From: Castle Rock, Colorado
Jul 18, 2006
Parking/access may be an issue in the near future. The open area at the "dead end" of Mitchell is tagged for a Middle School. Development could start as soon as late 2006 (this year).
By Tom Hanson
Sep 18, 2006
Howdy Shaun,
Thanks for adding the update.
I sure hope that the new development behind us doesn't cover up too much of our great mountain view.
Have you seen the mapped layout of what they are building?
It looks like we'll have some single family homes directly behind us, with the middle school closer to Mikelson.
By Eckhard
From: Denver, CO
Apr 5, 2011
Whatever happened with this place? I see the posts are 5 yrs old, and none of the boulders show any routes. Can you still boulder there? Is it even worth it if the rock is crumbly sand?
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