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Mount Falcon West Loop

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 4.3 (69) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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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  4.3 from 69 votes

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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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Sep 23, 2020
Hollis Vohr
Jul 12, 2020
Emery Love
4mi — 2h 00m
May 29, 2020
Edgar Villeda
One of our favorites ❤
May 27, 2020
Edgar Villeda
best trail we have found near us so far!
May 25, 2020
Ciara Mulvaney
May 16, 2020
Colin Trottnow
Apr 25, 2020
Mike Sanders
Mar 29, 2020
Erin Andersen
Includes Castle Trail to the Walker Home Ruins and back to the main loop. 4.7mi — 1h 54m