Carpenter’s Peak Trail is a favorite hike located in Roxborough State Park. Winter months find minimal crowds and sensational snow-capped rocks to hike through as you enter into a winter wonderland of forests while hiking to the highest peak in the park.


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First, begin at the Visitor Center. Ask what sightings of wildlife have been reported so you can be aware of your surroundings and how the condition of the trails are for winter hiking.

Click here for a trail map at Roxborough State Park.



Of course, having a bluebird sunny day with snow-covered trails and the warmth of the sun is always welcome and today is that day! Easy hiking to start as we pass through sagebrush-lined trails.



Stairsteps alongside a lovely meadow are where the uphill begins. Beautiful views all around.






Snow is glistening in the sunshine as we continue to pass by striking rock formations. We soon find ourselves winding up switchbacks and getting higher up the mountain.

One of my favorite extras I always carry with me if you are curious like I am: Rocky Mountain Nature Set – Waterproof and easy to carry in your backpack.



Views of the front range become a constant for quite a while as we hike in and out of forested areas. Always going upward!




We are almost there when reaching this signpost. You can connect to more adventure from here for a long day!

Check out Waterton Canyon Trail another exceptional get outside, hike, bike, run & fish destination.




One short hike through the rocks and we are here on top of Carpenter’s Peak. It had snowed 8″ just a day before and spikes were all we needed. No snowshoes as the trails are packed down from previous hikers. Common on most trails near the front range.

You might also like Eldorado Canyon Trail located in Eldorado Canyon State Park near Boulder, CO. We loved it for winter hiking. Few crowds, peaceful & beautiful.




Honestly, this hike is rated strenuous but if you’ve hiked a little before it’s doable. Uphill but worth the effort. A special trail for being so close to Denver and one for keeping in shape during the winter months. Not to forget the other seasons, year-round hiking!


6.4 mile out & back

Rated: strenuous

Fee: $10 per car or annual pass $80.

Visitor Center/restrooms

Roxborough State Park 

No dogs, camping, mountain bikes, horses, rock climbing, fires

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I’ve had the pleasure of living in Colorado’s mountains most of my life and love sharing trails with you. Just an ordinary gal getting out there and encouraging everyone to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer! You are one step away from a trail …

Happy trails …

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