|Elevation Gain||2,464 ft|
|My Time||3 hr 49 min|
|Food Nearby||The Cow|
Mount Falcon was nice hike but it was way too crowded. There are two parking places. If you park at the East Trail-head you have a pretty steep hike right off the bat before it levels off when you get to the top. The West Trail-head parking is a much easier hike and it puts you close to some really cool ruins that are up top. Overall I really enjoyed this hike even though starting out was really tough. The East Trail-head is also really close to Red Rocks which has even more trails.
From the east trailhead you will have a pretty solid elevation gain right off the bat. I was struggling a bit and needed to take quite a few breaks. The first mile will have a gain of 500 feet of elevation before dropping back down.
Over the next three and a half miles you will have a more gradual 1600 feet of elevation gain until you make it to the top near the ruins. The top is mostly flat and enjoyable with a lot of trails and things to see.
Distance and Elevation
If you don’t have the AllTrails app you might want to check it out, I really love mine. It records your progress and is a great way to search for hikes that are nearby and gives you difficulty measurements. According to AllTrails today’s hike was around 9.72 miles and had a total elevation gain of about 2,464 feet including undulations. That put the high point at around 7,715 feet. I was also moving for a total of 3 hours and 49 minutes.