Rock Park – Castle Rock, CO

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Jake in cove

We hiked Rock Park! It was a perfect Sunday afternoon activity and the park is only few blocks from home. The weather was beautiful – a sunny 52 with really low humidity – and we had absolutely nothing to do all afternoon.

Jake's Shot

Jake's Shot of Pike's Peak(There’s a terrific view of Pike’s Peak)

The trail is about a 1.4 mile loop with an elevation gain of 370 feet. Not a long hike with a meager elevation gain but for 2 rather sedentary people it was a fantastic start.

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Jess on ledge

Jess in cove

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Jess on Boulder

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Jake & Pike's Peak_1

Balance 2

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I was pretty pleased, I didn’t trip, fall or experience any sharp chest pains…seriously, I’m so out of shape and unhealthy,  that was a real concern. The views were great & the cardio outdoors was a great change of pace.Jake's PicTechnically the parks department prohibits climbing the infamous butte (but I see people up there all the time).  We didn’t climb the beast this trip. There were a few families headed up, because it’s not recommended you’ve got to get very physical with the boulder. We have no doubt we’d be able to climb it; but we were both wearing our every-day jeans and splitting or ripping those wasn’t an option.

Ultimately we were able to dig into our Guidelines for Better Living together:

Become Healthier – Both of us
Enjoy my Hobbies – Jake
Climb a 14er – Jess (yes this isn’t a 14er but I gotta start somewhere!)
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