Added by Mallory McCrea

From the website:"Mount Falcon Park is a rewarding gateway from the plains to the mountains, offering panoramas that stretch from snowy peaks to Red Rocks Park to the Denver cityscape. A captivating history tops off the park experience, symbolized by the ruins of a broken dream." Couldn't have explained it better. It's all that and more! Must see!

Our Mt. Falcon adventure in October was one of my favorites during this trip to the Rockies. From a little cabin just outside of Evergreen, Co we searched the web for day hikes with great views and I think this one really drew us in because of all the awesome trail guide photos. When I hike I like to see as many different styles of scenery as possible because I can never choose a favorite. I love the snow-capped mountains high above the clouds but I also love the serenity of a golden meadow with a blue sky lid. When it comes to views for me, as long as it's vast and there's a mountain in it I'm a happy lady.This afternoon was particularly windy and brisk. The sun came out and quickly tucked behind the clouds that were then pushed out by a front of beautifully moody fog. We chased the changing weather through the trails of the Jefferson County Open Space until there was barely any light left.

"Hikers have 1.7-mile Turkey Trot Trail all to themselves. The remaining 11 park miles are multi-use. The 2,000-foot elevation gain of the Castle Trail, a steep climb from the east, provides a vigorous workout and a 14er training ground.

Picnic tables, shelters and restrooms are accessible from both entry roads. Short trail forays from the west reveal the rags-to-riches-to-rags story of visionary John Brisben Walker. Remnants include stone walls of his early-1900s home and the cornerstone of a would-be summer White House for U.S. Presidents. Later the Kirchhof family built a wooden tower, situated along Tower Trail, which visitors can climb to survey wonders of the landscape that never cease to amaze.

West Trailhead: 21004 Mount Falcon Road, Indian Hills External Link IconFrom U.S. Highway 285, take the Indian Hills turn-off, follow Parmalee Gulch Road for 5 miles to Picutis Road, then straight ahead to Mount Falcon Road.

East Trailhead: 3852 Vine Street, Morrison External Link IconFrom State Highway 8, turn west on Forest Avenue and north on Vine Street." -

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