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Mount Falcon West Loop

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3.6 Miles 5.8 Kilometers


87%

Runnable

637' 194 m

Ascent

-638' -194 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

7,838' 2,389 m

High

7,256' 2,212 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

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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.

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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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
Jul 17, 2018
Trudi Schoening
4mi
Jul 2, 2018
Kristen Emerling
3.6mi
Apr 15, 2018
Jeff Buchman
4.1mi
Jan 6, 2018
Derek Young
[Garmin 3.55miles // 36'43" // 10'21"pace] Awesome 1st trail run experience in CO. Great conditions, a little crowded. 3.5mi — 0h 37m
Aug 12, 2017
Richard Nakano
Phenomenal run. Mostly low grade and very enjoyable. Memorable look out would be a great place to have a picnic in the future. Views were incredible. 4mi — 2h 00m
Jul 30, 2017
Lindsay Simmons
Went with Teddy and Levi, great views, plenty of shade. 3.7mi
Jul 12, 2017
Toko Morimoto

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  4.3 from 44 votes

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