Mount Falcon East Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,886' 575 m
Descent: -1,893' -577 m
High: 7,694' 2,345 m
Low: 6,010' 1,832 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A long, tough climb rewarded by great views and easier, flatter trails up high.”— Nick Wilder
From the parking lot, start up Castle Trail. It's hot, exposed, and can be crowded. Consider using Turkey Trot if there is a lot of bike traffic (it's cooler and less crowded). About halfway up, a hard left turn (with just a touch of tree shade) offers a brief respite before the climbing kicks in again. Then it's more grinding to the top!
Once on top of the ridge, enjoy much easier hiking on wide, easy trail. There are many optional side-trips (all worthwhile), but for this loop, look for Meadow Trail to the left. This smooth and easy trail takes you to the Ute Loop. Going left is a little harder and more interesting, but either way will take you to Devil's Elbow.
There's a good amount of shade and the trail is fairly level, so this makes a nice place to add some miles to your hike. Once you're on the loop (after the lollipop section), there is a short climb and then some nice opportunities for scenic views of the mountains.
Head back the way you came, and use Turkey Trot on the final descent so mountain bikers don't come up behind you too fast.
Overall, this is a great all-around outing, with great views and hard work!
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Land Manager: Jefferson County, CO - Open Space Dept.