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.
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.
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.
Definitely wasn’t brave enough to get up that rope
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.
On top of a waterfall
Honestly, I am not sure how I found the courage to climb so far, but the view I got to was quite a reward.
The astonishing view from the top of my hike. It is possible to go further but highly discouraged.
Oh and most of the way down was sliding on my butt.
And that’s me on top of a rock having lunch
– Tamara Susa