My run begins by the Golden Community Gardens North of dowtown. Castle Rock stands in the background.
I cross the picturesque Clear Creek that cuts through the heart of town.
Kayakers play in the whitewater park.
Eventually, the pavement ends and the trail ascends straight up to the Rock. No switchbacks here.
The view from the top. The Coors Brewery is in the foreground, downtown Golden to the left. The Flatirons of Boulder barely visibile on the right.