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Mount Falcon West Loop

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Length


3.6 Miles 5.8 Kilometers


648' 197 m

Ascent

-649' -198 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

7,838' 2,389 m

High

7,254' 2,211 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

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All Clear 27 days ago
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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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Jul 15, 2018
Rick Francis
Great views. Fairly easy hike with some elevation change. Saw an elk!
Jun 23, 2018
Sara Bularzik
with Natalie and Shannon and Bandit. pretty easy with nice views near the beginning. fairly busy after 10 3.6mi
Jun 23, 2018
Nick Bennett
2.9mi
Jun 22, 2018
Ryan William
Smooth sailing. Not many on the trail on a Friday afternoon. 5.2mi
Jun 11, 2018
Austin Quiring
May 24, 2018
Maria Verven
5.5mi
May 8, 2018
Dennis Evans
3.5mi
May 6, 2018
Adrian Zarzycki
castle trail is better. start at the bottom. climb all the way up. nice castle and spot for wine with view.

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  4.3 from 35 votes

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