Basalt’s Hidden Gem – Seven Castles

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After reading a little bit about the Seven Castles hike, which is said to be one of the most unique and dramatic hikes in the entire Roaring Fork Valley, we decided it would be worth trying to find it. Due to the possible dangers on the hike, there is no marked trailhead, which made it quite an adventure just to find the trail.

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After going up a few wrong hills, and somebody’s backyard where fortunately the dog that was barking at us was just a puppy so we easily tamed him, we found ourselves in Seven Castles creekbed.

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The first waterfall to come across on the hike, with the rope to climb up 
Following the creek up we came across numerous waterfalls, most of which had ropes hanging from the cliffs making it possible to continue on the hike. For some of those ropes we weren’t brave enough so we just hiked up the hill and around them.
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Definitely wasn’t brave enough to get up that rope
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Left side of the double waterfall
After checking out both paths of the double waterfall, hours into the hike, we decided for the one on the right, and without designated path, we kept climbing up the steep cliffs, until finding ourselves in a sandstone canyon, surrounded by an amphitheater of towering cliffs and magnificent rock formations.
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On top of a waterfall
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Honestly, I am not sure how I found the courage to climb so far, but the view I got to was quite a reward.
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The astonishing view from the top of my hike. It is possible to go further but highly discouraged.
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Oh and most of the way down was sliding on my butt.
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And that’s me on top of a rock having lunch
– Tamara Susa

2 Responses

  1. kaw915
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    Hey! My boyfriend and I did this hike yesterday, and I’ve got to ask- how on earth did you get around the waterfall that you said you weren’t brave enough to climb the rope (I think we’re looking at the right one- it was the first of two large falls, but the second didn’t have a visible rope and had an obvious path around it). We sucked it up and successfully climbed the rope, but got a bit beat up coming back down it. Would love to know how you avoided that rope for the next time we do this hike!

  2. […] A couple years ago I came across the Seven Castles hike while researching about fun hikes in the Roaring Fork valley. None of the articles online would disclose where the trailhead is, since it goes through private property, so I made it a mission for my boyfriend to figure out how to get there. You can read about our adventure HERE. […]

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