Mount Falcon

Denver, Colorado 80235

Mount Falcon

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"This run provides a strenuous workout that is used by many local runners as a training ground for bigger adventures in the high mountains. From the parking area, the run starts on the multiuse Castle Trail, but quickly turns off onto the hiker-only Turkey Trot Trail. Continue up the Turkey Trot Trail as it initially climbs a very steep section through a series of switchbacks before mellowing out a touch. After the first mile, the trail curves around to the north side of Mount Falcon and eases up to become an enjoyable run on a mellow grade, with interesting views of Red Rocks Park and Bear Creek just to the north."

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Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug
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"Mount Falcon Park provides not only pleasant hiking country, with rolling meadows and shady forests on small hills, but also a walk back in history. Once owned by visionary John Brisben Walker, the remains of his mansion and the start of a futile dream lie ready for exploration. A former summer cabin has been remodeled into a viewpoint and picnic pavilion. This lollipop hike visits these sites on a tour of the western part of the park. Excellent interpretive displays explain the human and natural history. The park protects wildlife habitat and o?ers recreational trails near the cultural features." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Owned and operated by the Jefferson County Open Space, Mount Falcon Park is home to numerous trails that lead to a number of historical and scenic treasures. This hike follows a short but interesting loop in the park’s higher section. Of the two entrance points to Mount Falcon Park, this hike takes advantage of the western trailhead, situated in the highest reaches of the park. From the trailhead, the Castle Trail drops gently along a broad ridge top." Read more
Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"Tackle a tough climb on an angry, rocky trail. Tour the burned-out aerie of John Brisben Walker while gazing over a spectacular and unique landscape from the heights of Mount Falcon." Read more
Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"A ride for climbers—or those who aspire to be climbers. This is a well-known route that features a long, steady ascent on a wide but moderately technical trail. At the top of the big hill, riders are rewarded with a unique historical site and, for those with a little extra energy, a nice single-track loop." Read more
Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"This nice hike features spectacular views of Red Rocks, the Continental Divide, and the plains. Expect to see wildlife, wildflowers, cacti, beautiful yuccas, and great views to the north, east, and west." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kim Lipker
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"Mount Falcon Open Space Park is an easily accessible hike from Denver that includes a blood-pumping climb through open meadows, ponderosa pine trees, and seasonal wildflowers. This trail covers most of the 11.1 miles of trails in Mount Falcon. Castle Trail leads from the plains to the foothills on a narrow road that once carried Stanley Steamer automobiles." Read more

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8/20/2018
Love this hike, we ended up walking down first and then walking up but it was beautiful and a good cardio effort.
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4/27/2011
This is a beautiful trail, and makes a great easy hike with dogs. We went mid-week on a relatively cool day, and saw only a handful of other people on our hike. Most of the hike is level, with a couple of slightly steeper sections. It is clearly marked the whole way. Don't be thrown off by an intersection with the Founder's Trail around mile 2.7. You'll be looking for the intersection of the Meadow View Trail and the Painter's Pause Trail. Keep going past the Founder's Trail and you'll hit Painter's Pause in a few minutes.
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4/24/2007
This is a good trail for those who enjoy a good climb to start their ride. It climbs steady for the first 4 or more miles, but the trail has been well built so traction is good. The elevation gain is substantial so it's not for the faint of heart, but all in all a good ride. Once at the peak, there's a nice little loop at the top that's fun and non-technical. The descent is less than challenging and light on the technical side but fun nonetheless.
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7/7/2001
Great quick day hike with the dog. So close to Denver, yet you get some great views and well-marked trails to explore. Nice terrain, meadows, forest and rock outcrops. Great for trail running as well. (Hiked Castle Trail to Two Dog Trail to Tower Trail loop).
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9/1/2000
Mt. Falcon is a great ride. If you want a challenging ride, start at the east entrance, which is just south of historic Morrison. The ride starts out with about an 800-1000ft gain over 2.5 miles. Granny gear is your friend for this stretch of the trail. If you want a little easier ride, enter Mt. Falcon on the west side, which you would get to by going 285W just a few miles past C-470. I would definitely recommend Mt. Falcon to any rider.
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Trail Information

Denver
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.5
Distance
1,973 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
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Dec 2018