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greenBlue Mount Falcon West Loop

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Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 637' 194 m
Descent: -638' -194 m
High: 7,838' 2,389 m
Low: 7,256' 2,212 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

Spectacular mountain scenery just minutes from the plains.

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Overview

It is easy to make this a little shorter or much longer. Add any of the nearby loops as desired. All the trails here are excellent, and each offers a little bit of history or a new viewpoint.

Description

From the upper parking lot, take Castle Trail and pass by Parmalee Trail. Enjoy some nice views and then take a right on Meadow Trail and another right on Tower Trail. This section is moderately steep and includes some steps, but has great views from an old fire tower near the top. Great place for a picnic!

Head down the hill and come to an intersection with the Parmalee Trail. Take a right and enjoy 2.5 miles of nice, somewhat secluded trail. The end has some rocky sections and several hundred feet of climbing but it's fairly wooded and cooler up here.

This is just one of many ways to connect the trails on upper Mount Falcon Park - be creative and make your own loop - you can't go wrong!

Flora & Fauna

Typical lower montane vegetation: ponderosa pine, douglas fir, a few aspen. Deer, bear, and mountain lions are known to roam the area.

History & Background

John Walker purchased 4,000 acres in this area in 1903 and built a house near the summit of Mount Falcon in 1909 (you can visit the ruins). Eight fireplaces, a music room, library, and 10 bedrooms made quite a grand house, but lightning struck and burned it to the ground in 1918.

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May 19, 2019
Jeff Brillhart
8h 00m
May 18, 2019
Jessica Lopez
Apr 20, 2019
KristiLee Halpin
Mar 31, 2019
Joe W
3.6mi — 2h 03m
Mar 31, 2019
Katie Bingmer
Very nice trail, muddy in some spots, still a good amount of snow. 3.6mi
Mar 27, 2019
S Thurston
Mar 23, 2019
Rachel Pierstorff
Some sections of packed down snow and ice, some dry, some mud 3.6mi
Mar 17, 2019
Samuel Canuto
Snow 100% of the trail. First, Meadow, Tower, Castle, then, Meadow trail again. 3mi — 4h 00m

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  4.2 from 49 votes

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#117

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