Mount Falcon Castle Trail

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Mount Falcon Castle Trail is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Morrison, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,732 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

Starts climbing immediately through gorgeous miles of switch backs.

22 hours ago

Close to the city. Short distance.

amazing views of the flatlands and mountains. gorgeous hike for so close to Denver. loved the history!

6 days ago

The historical ruins are very cool! Took a visiting family member from out of state and it seemed like a good fit for her while still adjusting to the altitude. Pretty crowded with lots of familes and dogs. No amazing vistas, but some decent overlooks and views to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It's nice how all the little side trails connect so you can add or minus mileage as you like. Found the historical information and ruins to be the coolest part of the day.

hiking
7 days ago

Lots of variety.

hiking
8 days ago

An enchanted forest! Evergreens, lots of shade simply beautiful and good workout.

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice hike.

hiking
13 days ago

A bit crowded on a Saturday, and most of the trail is totally exposed so got pretty hot even in the mid-morning. No incredible vistas but decent views throughout. Ruins were neat.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice historical hike.

27 days ago

Great exercise- The incline was a bit difficult for a beginner like myself. We followed castle Trail the entire hike. During the incline of the trail rocky walkways, the remainder paths were pretty wide.

hiking
29 days ago

Did a little over half of the trail as part of what I hiked today. the Western trailhead is definitely the easier place to start if going all the way through, but I hiked from the Western trailhead to the Walker homestead ruins and then over to the Summer White House for a great scenic hike. I didn't get there until about 1000 so it was beginning to get hot. make sure you bring lots of water as much of the hike on the Western side headed east towards the meadow is exposed.

Great views, would definitely hike it again.

1 month ago

I love this hike. It’s close to Denver so it’s easy to get to quickly. The views are spectacular! Just wish there was some water.

1 month ago

This was a nice quick hike! We brought along our doggo and there were many shaded areas to stop and rehydrate.

hiking
1 month ago

Some hard steps in the beginning then trail. Bikers are hard core as they pass!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is okay. The 'castle' ruins are really neat!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great hike. A little crowded on weekends but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great scenic trail. Seems crowded on weekends.

1 month ago

Challenging in some areas for novice hikers but overall a great place to hike!

1 month ago

Great hike!

1 month ago

Sweet!

1 month ago

historic ruins, nice hike, good views. give it a go.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout with my pup. Uphill out & downhill back

2 months ago

Great family hike! Plenty of shade and not too challenging but a great work out!

trail running
2 months ago

A great place for a quick trail run. Challenging, but you wont die.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail that gets your heart rate going and wonderful views. Went up the castle trail up to walkers dream trail and took turkey trot on the way down. Saw a deer on the way. Effort to views was ideal

hiking
2 months ago

Great morning hike. Good 8 mike hike! Great views, wild flowers and decent climb. Decently traveled today with a lot of mtn bikers and hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with access on the west and east ends. West end is a more gradual slope–perfect for kids. The east end has great views towards Morrison, Downtown Denver, and Red Rocks.
We hiked from the west end of the Castle trail out to the old ranch house and cornerstone of the attempted Summer Whitehouse. On the way back we added the Meadow and Tower trails to the south to form a loop.
If starting in the morning from the west, I would recommend the reverse: Meadow, Tower, then Castle. (Castle Trail is shaded whereas Meadow is not)
Good map in this app, but maps available to print by searching “Jeff Co Open Space Mount Falcon Park.”

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good hike, it's fun to explore the whole area. Meandered through and went on other trails here and spend about 5 hours here. Moderate hiker.
Devil's Elbor was a nice addition.

hiking
2 months ago

After reading reviews my daughter and I decided to tackle this hike. We started up Turkey Trot which then connected to Castle trail to go to Walkers Dream and then down and to the right for the ruins. Whoever put this as moderate is plum crazy. The hiked kicked our butts!! Highly suggest taking Turkey Trot to connect to Castle trail, it is definitely more covered than doing the Castle Trail to start..what also no one seems to mention is the extensive up hill switch backs, it was a struggle. Not recommending for beginners.

2 months ago

Hot! Good incline really pretty views, lots of butterflies. Clean bathrooms. There’s a nice incline on the way up and we did the turkey trot loop so the decline was easy. It took about 90 minutes we did stop for the views

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