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Mount Falcon West Loop

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Length


3.6 Miles 5.8 Kilometers


637' 194 m

Ascent

-638' -194 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

7,838' 2,389 m

High

7,256' 2,212 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

Conditions


Minor Issues 16 days ago
Icy: Packed down snow on the trail is very icy and some post holing if you step off trail History

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Spectacular mountain scenery just minutes from the plains.

Nick Wilder

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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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Feb 17, 2019
Floyd Hartley
Clear and cold with lots of slippery ice on trails 4.8mi
Jan 20, 2019
Sam Scheidt
4mi
Jan 19, 2019
Kevin McDonald
3.6mi
Dec 23, 2018
Jamie Lewis
Nov 3, 2018
Mike Kruger
Good time, but had to carry Lydia a lot. Also snowed on us. 3.6mi
Oct 28, 2018
Alexis Tatham
Dry, sunny. pretty easy trail 3.5mi
Oct 27, 2018
Ashley Barron
Oct 24, 2018
Kyle Senft
3.6mi

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  4.3 from 45 votes

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