DIRECTIONS: From Denver, take I-70 west to C470. Head South (West) on C470 to the Morrison Exit (Route 74). Follow 74 through Morrison and through Idledale. Turn left (south) on Meyers Gulch road which becomes Parmalee Gulch Road. When you see the signs for the park, turn left (east) on Picutis Road. From here follow the signs up the hill to the park entrance and parking area.
The Tower Trail visits an old lookout tower built on the summit of Mt. Falcon. The hike is easy with fun destinations making it perfect for kids or just a quick walk in the Jefferson County woods. A quick detour takes you to the Eagle Eye shelter with more tremendous views.
From the West Trailhead, follow the Castle Trail for .3 miles to a large meadow with 360 degree views. Stay straight at the junction and stay straight again at the Meadow Trail junction. Follow the signs for the Tower Trail. The tower trail climb gently up a set of stone stairs and rocky trail to the summit of Mt. Falcon at 7,841 feet. At the summit sits the lookout tower. This covered tower is a wonderful and relaxing destination if you can manage to have it to yourselves. The views include Denver to the east, Mt. Evans to the West, and James Peak to the Northwest. The tower is busy on summer weekends.
On your way back take the short detour over to the Eagles Eye Shelter. Similar to the tower, the shelter gives you a clear view of Mt. Evans. After you've had your fill of Front Range vistas, head back to the Castle Trail and the West Trailhead. The entire hike is only 1.5 miles so no matter what your hiking skill level, you can take in some mountain majesty.
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Mount Falcon Park
Date Hiked: July 25, 2015
Distance: 1.5 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 248ft
Elevation Min/Max: 7,690 to 7,841 ft
Trailhead Lat/Long: 39º 38' 10" N; 105º 14' 21" W
Managing Agency: Jefferson County Open Space