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Spectacular mountain scenery just minutes from the plains.


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3.6

Miles

5.7

KM

Loop

7,838' 2,389 m

High

7,257' 2,212 m

Low

638' 194 m

Up

638' 194 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

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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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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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View west from Mount Falcon
Mar 29, 2015 near Indian…, CO
Great views along the Parmalee Trail
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
Great View of the mountains from Mount Falcon on the Tower Trail
Mar 29, 2015 near Indian…, CO
View of the high peaks
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO

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May 30, 2024
Mark Douglas Dally
Nice scenic loop.
Mar 30, 2024
Alex O'Connell
Sparkling clear day. Full parking lot but Parmalee at least nice and quiet. Mud, slush, dry, the gamut. Ends on an uphill — 1h 30m
Oct 16, 2023
M K
With family plus JoJo
Oct 14, 2023
Erick Riano
Jul 2, 2023
Rachel Hamalian
3.6mi
Apr 13, 2023
Edgar Villeda
❤️ 5.2mi — 3h 30m
Nov 20, 2022
David Carpenter
Oct 22, 2022
Tarita Fisher Boersma
With Jenna, Acadia, mesa and annie 3.5mi — 1h 56m
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