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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

86%

Runnable

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.

Runner Notes

If you don't like to climb hills, this area is much easier than starting as per Mount Falcon East Loop.

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 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
Great views along the Parmalee Trail
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO

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Sep 11, 2020
Jon Velotta
Awesome. Great views. Worth the drive. Last mile is a straight climbing ass kicker
Apr 29, 2020
Emma H-p
Completely dry best to do it counter clockwise. Steep parts are steep. Best lookouts are on the main loop 3.6mi — 0h 39m
Sep 14, 2019
Christy A
Jun 20, 2019
JonathanC
7mi
May 18, 2019
Christy A
Apr 18, 2019
Melissa Jones
nice run, though it was mostly a hike on the way back 4.2mi — 1h 02m
Feb 2, 2019
Ricky Davis
Mellow hike with some good views. 3.4mi — 1h 30m
Nov 10, 2018
Milin Jc
Started at 8:00 AM with no crowd. Enjoyed a great view of sunshine over Aspen groves toward the south side of the trail. 3.6mi