A hike to castle ruins in Colorado?
Yep. Throw in a lookout tower, great view of Denver, of Red Rocks, and of the mountains, and you’ve got some of the highlights of the Mount Falcon Trail. The trailhead is nestled in a community in the foothills just about 40 minutes from Denver. Here we detail a 2.3 mile loop trail that hits all the destinations.
|Hike Distance||Approx 2.3 miles|
|Duration||1 hr 30 min+|
|Dogs||Allowed on Leash in Most Areas|
|Hike Trail Map||Click for a Trail Map|
|Denver Drive Time||40 min|
|Directions||Click for Google Map|
|Town Nearest Hike||Morrison, Colorado|
|Beauty||Front Range views, Denver views, Fire Tower, ruins, & deer|
|Activities||Picnic area, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking trails|
Mount Falcon features several trails. By combining a few, you can create a 2.3 mile loop and take in several historic sites as well as breathtaking views of Denver, Red Rocks, and the Front Range. This is makes it one of the best hikes close to Denver for visiting friends and family. Because it is an easy hike and has a relatively flat and wide trail, you can take the jogging stroller on this one, too. If you are looking for more great trails for your family, be sure to check out our Kid Friendly Trails Near Denver and our recommended Colorado Hikes for Visiting Friends and Family pages. If hiking with kids, be sure to access it via the West Trailhead as described in this post. Map apps and other sites may take you to the very demanding east trailhead, which is very exposed to the sun and has heavy mountain bike traffic.
Then continue on the Tower Trail until it intersects with the Meadow Trail. Take the Meadow Trail North/Left for about .3 miles. It will end at the Castle Trail – take a left. The Castle Trail will lead you back to the parking lot, but don’t head back until you stop at the ruins of the old Walker Home. The views from here are beautiful as well.
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Map & Driving Directions
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