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Denver, CO: Mount Falcon Open Space Park, Summer White House

The views on this 5.9-miler are so grand that this parkland was once proposed as the summer grounds for a second presidential White House.

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Just half an hour from downtown Denver, Mount Falcon Open Space offers a quick getaway into the foothills that overlook Colorado’s eastern plains and the Rocky Mountains. This 6-mile dayhike gains about 1,600 feet of elevation on a 3-mile climb to the site of a proposed Summer White House.

From the trailhead, hike west on Castle Trail for an easygoing climb on dirt path. In 0.1 mile, turn left onto Turkey Trot Trail and descend into a parched streambed. Redrock monoliths and the humpbacked ridge of Mt. Glennon pop into view half a mile later. At mile 1.4, scan the hillside to the north for views of Red Rocks Amphitheater, then continue straight at the 3-way junction with Turkey Trot Trail.

Near mile 2, the route passes views of massive redrock slabs that jut up from the grassy hills before entering conifer forest. Roughly half a mile later, turn right at the 3-way junction onto Walkers Dream Trail, which offers occasional views of the snow-marbled Rockies and passes a log bench built for two.

Just before the top of the climb, turn right to visit a small overlook with views across Mt. Falcon Park to the distant city skyline to the east. Backtrack to the junction and turn right to reach the crumbling cornerstone marking the site of a proposed summer White House for Woodrow Wilson. Retrace your steps to the trailhead.

-Mapped by Kim Phillips and Maribeth Oscamou

PLAN IT

MAP:
>> Download a park map at the Mount Falcon Park website.
>> Order the USGS topo quads listed above at store.usgs.gov.
>> Order a custom map of this route by selecting the “Print MyTopo” option in the left-hand menu bar.

CONDITIONS: Check weather at Morrison, CO (80465) Weather

INFO: For more information, go to the Mount Falcon Park website.

CONTACT: Open Space, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80401; (303) 271-5925

OTHER RESOURCES

GEAR
REI
1416 Platte St.
Denver, CO
(303) 756-310
rei.com

RESTAURANTS
Red Rocks Grill
415 Bear Creek Ave.
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-9290 ‎
redrocksgrill.com

Beso De Arte
102 Market St.
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-3377 ‎
besodearte.com

Mill Street Deli
401 Bear Creek Ave.
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-1700 ‎

To Trailhead

I-25 S to US 6 W to I-70 W to CO 470 E to Morrison Rd. exit. Turn R onto W. Morrison Rd./Bear Creek Ave. In .8 mi., L onto CO 8 S. In .9 mi., R onto Forest Ave. In 300 yds., R onto Vine St.; follow .3 mi. to lot.

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