Hike Sharptail Ridge 

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Located adjacent to Roxborough State Park north-west of Castle Rock, the Sharptail Ridge Trail is a delightful hike among tall, wild grasses over gently rolling hills. Part of the Douglas County Open Space system, the trail cuts through the far southeast corner of Roxborough State Park, and intersects with other trails. This blog describes the hike going from the trailhead, at the north end of the trail to Douglas County Road 5, and back, for a round trip hike of about 8 miles. This is a kid- and family-friendly trail. Note: The trail is closed periodically in the fall by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, so I suggest you call Douglas County Open Space at 303-660-7495 before venturing out in the fall months, Also, no pets of any kind are allowed on the trail. To get there: Take I-25 north to the Founders Parkway exit in Castle Rock and turn west (left). At Santa Fe Drive (Hwy 85), turn north (right). Exit at Titan Road and turn left. After approximately 2.miles, turn left onto Roxborough Park Road and take the gravel road south for approximately 3.7 miles to the trailhead/parking lot.
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Sharptail Ridge Open Space.
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The cabin-style shelter has several picnic tables and the structure to the right has maps and interpretive signs.
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Trail and Open Space informational kiosk.
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The trailhead. The trail is open to hikers and equestrians only. No bikes or pets of any type are allowed.
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The mileage sign at the trailhead. I hiked to County Road 5 on this visit, which my GPS said was exactly 4 miles.
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The trail is completely out in the open, wandering among rolling hills and open fields with great views of the nearby Rampart Range.
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At a little over 2.5 miles, the trail enters the far south end of Roxborough State Park.
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One of the nicest views on this trail is this one looking north into Roxborough State Park.
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At just under 4 miles, the trail turns down hill to County Road 5.
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The trail sign at County Road 5
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The sign and trail entrance at County Road 5. The Sharptail trail goes around the green gate.
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Looking back up the trail from the entrance at County Road 5. Retrace your steps from here to return to the trailhead.
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The trail route from the trailhead (top) to County Road 5 (bottom) and back.
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The mileage sign at the trailhead. I hiked to County Road 5 on this visit, which my GPS said was exactly 4 miles.

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