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Mt. Falcon

Average Rating:    (3.66 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 29

Main trail to the summer white house ruins is a gravel fire road, with several miles of surrounding singletrack
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Latitude
39.647072087961774
Longitude
-105.19683837890625
Trail Directions
Take HWY 285 south out of Denver, take a right on Parmalee Gultch Road. Follow the Jefferson County Open Space signs to the parking lot.
Trail Length
10 miles of trail
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Denver
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Review Date
August 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jordan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I take my kids hiking up here all the time and can see why people would be turned off (crowds). However, I rode straight up from the East entrance Saturday night starting at about 8:45 pm and although the park is "closed 1 hour after dusk" this is probably the way I will continue to ride it (at night). No one else on the trail. Riding this one down in the dark is pretty sketchy but cool, uncongested and under a full moon just plain wicked. Great 2 hour, 5.5 mile ride.

Recommended Route:
East (Morrison) lot straight up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Other trails?? I don't know what you're talking about. haha



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Review Date
June 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dean ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Mike from Durango, I like to bomb downhill too, but I would take a spill before I hit someone else. Be nice to the less experienced. You too had to start somewhere.
To every one else...It is a goog training ride. For the intermediate rider a good goal is bottom to top without coming off the pedals for a rest. For expert riders, the goal is the same except done in the middle chain ring or on a single speed. Time your ride from the edge of the parking lot to the shelter 2.7 miles up. Then enjoy toolin around on top if you still have the energy.

Recommended Route:
Castle trail from the parking lot near Morrison

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chimney Gulch, Deer Creek, Dakota Ridge and Morrison Slide loop,



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Review Date
March 31, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: nathandm ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
many think White Ranch and Falcon are similar but in my opinion they are only marginally consistant with each other. Wile white ranch starts out flat than works its way up the mountain, you get a short work out but as soon as your heart starts pumpin you've reached the bench near east mustang trail and the climb levels off. however there is still some elevation to be gained if you continue up belcher hill until you reach the top where west mustang trail meets up again. In my opinion white ranch is not a consistant workout like falcon is. Mt Falcon is a much harder climb! the first eight mile or so starts out decending into a small dried up creek and than starts climing up a series of water bars until you get to the first set of switchbacks and from that point the trail maintains a steep hard climb of 18-21% grade for the next 3 miles until you get to the gazebo, than you pretty much at the top (kinda sorta similar to W.R. but much longer and harder). I can see how people compair the two but when choosing between them just remember Falcons initial climb is longer higher and a harder grade over 3 miles where W.R. starts out flat than near the end get sorta steep. If you wanna prepair for White Ranch because your not in too good of shape go do Falcon.........all other trails will be easy, Last sept. I did Falcon 12 times straight within 18 day period to get ready for W.R. because of the rumors I had heard, Than I went and did belcher hill trail. To make a long story short I thought to myself "seriously!!.........is that the climb??.......really!! at least mustang going from west to east was fun!" To sum up Im kinda partial to Falcon because in my opinion its the scale by witch all other are measured and thus far I have found only 1 other climb that is more gruling and arduous that NOBODY knows about and that is my secret :)

Recommended Route:
east to west......right up the side of the mountain! than once you get to the gazebo turn right to finish your climb. than back to the gazebo and towards the west parking lot and parlemee trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
deer creek canyon, chemney gulch, apex park, white ranch, bergan peak...all of witch have similar elev. gain but each dilivers in different fasion



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Review Date
October 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ghawk ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Everyone else has done a good review so I will just add: The open space folks have done an amazing job on this trail recently. It used to much more rocky climbing. That is good and the bad. Good, now you can stay on the bike and middle-ring a bunch of it. Bad, now you can stay on the bike and middle....well you know.
Anyway, it is now a wonderfully smooth but extremely continuous steep climb but different than most long wide climbs (used to be pretty much more like main road climb at White Ranch.
Best advise is to go on the weekday to avoid crowds and mid-day is very nice. Save something for the loops up top that remind me a bit of Bergen Peak.

Recommended Route:
I park down in Morrison so I can ride up the road and get a little warmed up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
A pretty fun loop is park at 470 parking lot at Green Mountain, up Zorro to Dakota Ridge then down into Morrison. (I added Red Rocks loop and it made it about a 3-4 hour ride.) Then, if you feel froggy on your way back just head up Green Mtn for awhile.



Comments
indianhillsted (06/17/2009)
Yes, it used to actually be interesting. Now it's for wheelchairs,
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Review Date
August 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: endo-boy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Pretty amazing climb, I want to say you start at about 6,000 ft and summit at about 7,800 ft. Thats about 1,800 ft in only 3 miles. Its not epic, but it will get your heart pumping. The trail up reminds me of white ranch, east facing and very exposed to the sun. Here, it gets hot. Also, there are lots of blind corners, so be cautious on those descents. There are a lot of people on this trail.
From the lower parking lot, it follows a fairly nice single track that stitchbacks up the hill to the west and south. A large portion has no cover. Eventually you get up into the trees and the terrain gets a little bit more technical, but for the most part easy. Eventually you reach a saddle by a stone pavilian and the trail turns into a dirt road. From there, many options exist. I did meadow and old Ute. I found the downhill to be somewhat good. Waterbars provided some nice drops and if you look carefully, there are even a few good jumps. Coming back down Castle trail to the car, there where are lot of hikers on the way up. Be aware and look out for the many blind corners.

Recommended Route:
Lower parking lot, up castle to the top. Parmalea around back.



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