GATEWAY MESA'S LEGACY TRAIL ADDITION
The Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation is working to add approximately 1.5 miles of new hiking trail to Gateway Mesa Open Space. This new unique trail is called the Legacy Trail. The trail meanders through wooded canopy composed of dense spruce and fir trees.
The 275-acre property is situated south of Highway 85 just east of Founders Village. One of Castle Rock's most prized open spaces, its bluffs are visible from Franktown to the east and and Castlewood Canyon State Park to the south. Hikers who enjoy its 1.5 miles of native-surface trail experience ridgelines spotted with caprock with hoodoos and often take advantage of the property's connection to the Mitchell Creek Canyon Trail.
The Foundation is working with the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and the Parks and Recreation department to bring a 1.5-mile trail addition through Gateway Mesa's northern segment. The Town of Castle Rock's Trail Planner, Rich Havel, has worked to design the trail alignment. Town staff are also working to verify and ensure that the proposed alignment is both constructable and sustainable given the existing terrain. Due to the conservation easement on which the trail will be located, mountain bikes and horses will be prohibited on this trail.
Stay tuned for next season when we will start Phase 2 in 2020!
The Foundation and Town partnered with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) to build phase 1 of trail development. Phase 1 is now complete! There is now one mile of trail completed!
VOC is dedicated to motivating and enabling everyday people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Each year, this nonprofit organization collaborates with conservation and land agencies to connect volunteers with outdoor stewardship projects. VOC offers experience, knowledge, technical assistance, tools and volunteer crew leaders and workers to construct the trail in a turnkey fashion. The partnership will significantly offset costs that would otherwise be required if using a private contractor.
The volunteer workdays for 2019 are complete!
VOC hosted three volunteer workdays in 2019. Participants must be 14 years of age or older. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by adult 21 years or older. Tools and gloves are provided, as well as food and water by VOC on work days.
Saturday, June 1 - Thanks to everyone who helped with trail construction during the National Trails Day event on June 1. Over 90 volunteers completed 2,000 new feet of trail. View photos from this great event.
Saturday, August 24 (women's only work day) - over 70 women worked on the new trail putting in rock stairways and creating new paths!
Saturday, October 5 - over 80 more volunteers came out to complete work on Phase 1!
Pre-registration is required through VOC's website. Please check back for future workday registration dates for 2020.