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Mount Falcon East Loop

Intermediate
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Trail

9.2 mile 14.8 kilometer out and back
82% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,886' 575 m
Descent: -1,893' -577 m
High: 7,694' 2,345 m
Low: 6,010' 1,832 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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

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Overview

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

Runner Notes

The trails are mildly rocky and steep and will require careful footwork. Sprained ankles are a regular occurrence here.

Description

If you want an easier run, start at the upper lot as for Mount Falcon West Loop. There is NO easy way to start running 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 running 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 run. 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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Sep 1, 2019
Toko Morimoto
Aug 18, 2019
Keri H
10mi — 2h 19m
Aug 10, 2019
Aaron Stamper
Trail is great when it's completely cloudy.. when the suns out it can be difficult to stay hydrated . — 3h 55m
Jun 26, 2019
shmcleod
9.1mi — 1h 53m
Jun 8, 2019
David Demmer
Loads of people but still fun. 9mi — 1h 50m
Apr 13, 2019
Dave Biagioni
Dec 30, 2018
Jacob Robison
Took longer loop great run
Sep 29, 2018
Jeff Gregg
Got a ride to Morrison then ran this loop and then back to Bear Creek Lake Park. great trail; not a lot of running on way up. 11mi — 2h 00m

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Near the Top of Castle Trail after climbing up the technical singletrack.
Jul 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
Running down Castle Trail
Mar 28, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Turkey Trot Trail in the distance, and Red Rock Park
Mar 28, 2015 near Morrison, CO
Good picnic spot with views towards Denver
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO
High peaks views from this easy stretch of Castle Trail
Mar 28, 2015 near Indian…, CO

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