Mt. Falcon - TRAIL

Mt. Falcon - Trail, Denver, Colorado

Main trail to the summer white house ruins is a gravel fire road, with several miles of surrounding singletrack

User Reviews (29)

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Jordan   Weekend Warrior [Aug 14, 2011]

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.

Customer Service

East (Morrison) lot straight up.

Similar Products Used: Other trails?? I don't know what you're talking about. haha
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3
Dean   Cross Country Rider [Jun 11, 2011]

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.

Customer Service

Castle trail from the parking lot near Morrison

Similar Products Used: Chimney Gulch, Deer Creek, Dakota Ridge and Morrison Slide loop,
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4
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4
nathandm   Weekend Warrior [Mar 31, 2010]

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 :)

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used: 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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ghawk   Weekend Warrior [Oct 17, 2008]

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.

Customer Service

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

Similar Products Used: 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.
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5
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endo-boy   Weekend Warrior [Aug 03, 2008]

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.

Customer Service

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

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4
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4
Walter Sobchak   Weekend Warrior [Mar 27, 2007]

I heard that this trail is supposed to be one of the best so I decided I had to try it. First I went to my local Target and bought their top of the line Jeep brand Full Suspension bike. This thing set me back over $200 so I knew I would have one of the best bikes on the mountain. I arrived on a hot, sunny afternoon and about 100 meters into the ride, I discovered that this trail should not be open to the public. It is literally impossible to ascend this trail, even on one of the best bikes available. I walked my bike almost 2 miles and endured ridicule as people descending the mountain laughed at my bike. I can only assume they were jealous. On the descent, I flipped the bike at least 5 times and broke several parts off of my brand new bike. How is this trail considered rideable? I can only imagine the fate of some lesser bike. I don't think I'll ever return to this trail.

Customer Service

The chair lift that should be installed next to the trail on the way up, the paved path that should be built on the way down.

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4
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5
wickesman   Cross Country Rider [Aug 03, 2003]

From the lower parking lot, this is one hell of a climb, a little advise here; don't ride this trail at 12:00 noon in the middle of summer. There is no shade the whole way up with mimimal breeze to keep you from spontaniosly combusting. A great workout for the intermediate biker. Be aware of hikers especially on the weekends, the hikers there seemed pretty cool, so all you dh bafoons don't mess it up! The climb can be brutal but the downhill is worth it. Be courteous please and yield to uphill traffic.

Customer Service

Lower parking lot straight up.

Similar Products Used: Deer Creek, White Ranch
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4
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Dave   [Oct 25, 1998]

Devil's Elbow (one of the aforementioned loops) has possibly the sweetest thousand foot streatch of singletrack around Denver. It traversses a 70% slope through a lodgepole pine forest on a trail 8" wide. Parts of these loops get real technical, and you will probably tag your pedals on more than one boulder. Watch out for the waterbars made of both tire rubber and rock. One tall rock one sent me over the handelbars the first time I rode the Parmalee Trail. This park is part of the Jefferson County Open Space program. The trails are maintained nicely, but are occasionally closed due to muddy trails. When this happens, the park is just trying to prevent erosion, so please respect the gates and signs. EVERY trail is open to bikes, if it is open at the time. This place is used by hikers, bikers, and horse-riders, so by courteous. I really want this place to stay open tp everyone.

Customer Service

For beginners: take the main trail out to the ruins, the come back on the meadow trail.

Similar Products Used: Pick up a trail map at the trailhead. On the back is a map of every Jeffco Open Space park. Most of them have lots of trails, and all are pretty close to Denver.
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Bi_King   [Oct 27, 1998]

Unfortunately, this is one of four trails very close to Denver. Which means that there is a ton of traffic on it and conflicts are inevitable because not all bikers are schooled in IMBAs rules of the trail.

Once upon a time, Mt. Falcon was one of the better front range rides but overuse, improper use, and "maintenance" have served to really degrade a formerly great trail.

If you like this ride, contribute to IMBA, vote for the Jefferson county open space Bond issue and write the commissioners to try and get more trails open. Silly government people think that the way to preserve trails is to shut them down to bikes. This only puts more pressure on other trails and makes outlaws of people just looking for a place to ride.

Customer Service

Pay for your fun. Start in JeffCo open space parking lot in Morrison just south of the town and ride the killer uphill to the top. Take the Mt Falcon trail out of the West end of the lot and settle in for a long grind.

Similar Products Used: Go to the Morrison Inn after your ride. The Margs are decent but the Tex Mex food ain't.
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Mike   [Dec 06, 1998]

Mt. Falcon sucked. I rode it on Sunday Afternoon, and there were about eight million yuppies from the city riding their crappy dept. store bikes. They wouldn't move out of the way! I was coming down, and I hit some schmuck and nocked him off a cliff. He couldn't get out of his pedal, and fell into the middle of the trail.
The trails around Denver are too congested

Customer Service

Straight up

Similar Products Used: All the same
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