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Mount Falcon East Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (50) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A long, tough climb rewarded by great views and easier, flatter trails up high.


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9.2

Miles

14.8

KM

Out and Back

7,694' 2,345 m

High

6,010' 1,832 m

Low

1,886' 575 m

Up

1,893' 577 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

For those looking for a solid workout combined with great trails and views, this is it!

Description

If you want an easier hike, start at the upper lot as for Mount Falcon West Loop. There is NO easy way to start hiking here, as both trails (Turkey Trot and Castle Trail) are very steep and climb 1700 vertical feet with no break.

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!

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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Nick Wilder

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Near the Top of Castle Trail after climbing up the technical singletrack.
Jul 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
Good picnic spot with views towards Denver
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
The Walker, built in 1909, was destroyed by fire in 1918 from a lightning strike.
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
Turkey Trot Trail in the distance, and Red Rock Park
Mar 28, 2015 near Morrison, CO
High peaks views from this easy stretch of Castle Trail
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
Running down Castle Trail
Mar 28, 2015 near Morrison, CO

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Oct 15, 2020
Erin Andersen
10.2mi — 4h 45m
Aug 1, 2020
Chris Arotin
This was a wonderful hike.
Jul 12, 2020
Michael Pippenger
Very hot at the bottom (no shade). Take Turkey Trot to avoid bicycles. Don't miss the summer White House when you get to the Gazebo. 6.7mi — 3h 05m
Jun 15, 2020
Cait L
Very hot for the first and last 2 miles of the loop. Exposed trail with little shade. Bring extra water for the dogs and start earlier in the AM.
May 16, 2020
Taylor Lederman
May 2, 2020
Robert Ziemian
Jan 29, 2020
Jen Jen
Good winter hike. Slightly icy but didn't use spikes. No mountain bikers (only saw one). Not many people.
Jan 8, 2020
Frank Michiels