For spring wildflowers or for fall colors, this hike amongst impressive red rock formations is worth doing twice in a year. Roxborough was the name of the Irish family estate of Henry Persse. He and Julius Carpenter were homesteaders in this area. Roxborough State Park charges an entry fee and pets are forbidden. The surrounding red rock formations are truly impressive — dramatic hogbacks, spires and monoliths of sandstone, red due to oxidation of iron minerals. This is a special hike that is worth repeating twice in the year — at the beginning of May colorful wildflowers overflow the valley meadows, and in October scrub oak, clothing the slopes of Carpenter Peak, turn a deep, rich crimson.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,645 ft|
|Duration||72 minutes up, 68 minutes down|
|Season||Early April to late November|
|Trailhead Elevation||6,200 ft|
|Top Elevation||7,205 ft|
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