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Mt. Falcon (repeater), Morrison CO hiked 5/10/14

16 May
Red Rocks from the trail

Red Rocks from the trail

This past weekend I had a meeting I had to attend  at 11AM on Saturday and to be honest I figured we would just hike on Sunday.  Then this wicked storm was predicted to hit on Sunday, it started out not being so bad and moved to a couple of feet in the mountains several inches on the Front Range.  Given this impending weather wrinkle we decided to get the best bang for our late start buck by hitting something close but challenging, yay Mt. Falcon ( Hike Details here)!  Unfortunately the weather forecast continued to change dramatically even between Friday and Saturday morning, so our day of beautiful sunshine turned into breaks between rain during our hiking window.   The worst rain shower actually hit before we started hiking when we first pulled up, nothing like a rain storm to make you question if you should go or not.  We decided we had enough gear to risk it and fortunately the rest of the hike ended up being pretty tame weather wise.

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The best part of the hike was the flowers, they were everywhere and just lovely!  It was also obvious that Jefferson County had some trail work done on the bottom half of the trail to repair damage from the floods last fall, it was all leveled out at the bottom of Turkey trot and then nicely packed as it wound up to the trail break with Castle view.  The volunteers did a great job fixing it up!

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Because of the rain, this normally high traffic trail was decidedly pretty empty on Saturday which was a nice change.  We also were coming down late enough in the afternoon that we could hear music from Red Rocks  coming over to the trail, it was kinda cool.

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I keep forgetting how fickle May is for high altitude hiking, all the snow that hit on Sunday is still lingering as low as 7ooo ft.  Plus the mountains have been getting hit once a day with snow/rain since Sunday and I don’t know if I have mentioned it yet, but I am kinda done with the snow!  I know we have been trudging around in it for months, but spring snow is different you can’t float on it in snowshoes and  you are guaranteed postholing anytime after 10AM when the sun starts really to ramp up.  I am not a fan of postholing.

I am struggling to find a hike for tomorrow and praying that inspiration hits me sometime tonight!  Wish me luck!

I hope where ever you are, you find time to get out and hike soon!

These lovely ladies were just a few feet away from us on our way down

These lovely ladies were just a few feet away from us on our way down

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Mt. Falcon, Morrison CO (repeater) hiked 11/3/13

16 Nov
views on the way up.

views on the way up.

I had great expectations for that this second hike of my 3 day weekend on Saturday…. like climb Mt. Everest expectations….. What I got was not so great.

*** WARNING FEMALE ISSUES WILL BE DISCUSSED****There are just days that are not meant to be…. I have been off the pill for 2 years, I can tell you 15 years ago, before I got on the pill, each month was a juggle of time and advil… and it was bad, like throw up once a month can’t get out of bed bad.  But like so many before me, we figure it out and live our lives.  I think the blessing has been, that for the past 2 years off the pill I have never reverted back to those dark days until this particular morning….at approximately 2:30 am.  At first I tried to pretend it wasn’t happening and got in the car and drove to our designated trail head. It was a crazy beautiful drive and the day was unspeakably beautiful, I knew this was the day for the hike I had planned.

When I pulled up to the trail head all I could think was, I can’t take any more Advil without throwing up and I can’t walk without any more advil….. It was decided right then,  as the most spectacular pinks lit up the sky and mountains all around, this hike was not happening….*** DONE WITH FEMALE ISSUES DISCUSSION******

I spent that day in bed and woke on Sunday hungry for a hike and that is how I found myself on Mt. Falcon ( hike details here).

I love November on the front range…one of the best kept secrets is that Denver is crazy mild while the mountains get hammered all winter long, Mt. Falcon was perfect for the hiking that Sunday. It was sunny warm and exhilarating as we flew up the mountain.  We started later than we normally do, so it was much more crowded than we are used too.

I left late and was breaking in new hiking shoes but we still made great time.  We did 10-ish miles with 2100ft+ elevation gain in just 3 hours, it felt so good.  Well mostly good, it was also an interesting and perfect day to be out on the trail.  Sundays aren’t a regular occurrence anymore and the people out with us were a great variety.  I could do without the smokers though…….

The views were amazing, the hike invigorating and my spirits up…. Love hiking!

Denver from the tower

Denver from the tower

Mt. Falcon, Morrison CO hiked 10/5/13

23 Oct

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I was extra super crazy lucky after my sister left in that my bestie was coming 2 weeks later for a quick visit and she was bringing her youngest son!

With that in mind, I decided to hit Mt. Falcon again on the weekend in between visitors.  Plus we got a small snow the Friday before and I knew even with some snow Mt. Falcon ( Hike Details Here) could give a good challenge with lots of miles and we could crush it in short order, then get the house ready for our next set of guests.

View of Denver as we started to climb

View of Denver as we started to climb

View from the back side as the clouds cleared out

View from the back side as the clouds cleared out

It was a crisp morning and for some reason the beginning of this hike always takes my breath away.  We made excellent time up to the West Parking lot and even shared the trail with these 2 flirty does.

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Try to find the Buck

Try to find the Buck

Since we made such good time we decided to hit  another part of the trail system we hadn’t checked out yet.  So we did Eagle’s Eye Shelter and the Tower trail up to the actual peak of Mt. Falcon( at least I think).  It was so cute and Tower trail really had a tower on it.  Eagle’s Eye Shelter really was an old summer home turned into a nice picnic and viewing area.  I loved them and loved the views from them.

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There really is  a tower on Tower Trail

There really is a tower on Tower Trail

In the end we did around 10.5 miles with 2200ish feet of elevation gain in just 3.5 hours.  We figured out we jogged a little more than 2 miles on the way down, it felt pretty good and got us done even more quickly.  I am not usually  a faster is better person but knowing we had lots of prep work at home for our next set of visitors made a quick hike necessary.  I have to say I am getting more used to the jogging down portion of our hikes lately.  Who knows maybe one day I will even find my way to trail running…although it is unlikely.

Me in the tower

Me in the tower

It was a beautiful day…..here are some of our favorite pictures.

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View of Denver from the tower

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View of Denver zoomed up

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Mt. Falcon Repeater + more, Jefferson county Open Space Hikes 3/30/13

31 Mar
Castle Trail - Mt. Falcon

Castle Trail – Mt. Falcon

Today’s hike needed to be both inspiring and challenging but I was also worried about the condition of the trails I originally had planned on doing with all the snow we got the last weekend.  I had hoped  that the warm up being forecasted would happen earlier in the week and be more intense than it was, but it was enough that anywhere that received a ton of snow would have melted to the point of  being annoying once we started hiking over it which pretty much covered those hikes I had planned.  There was one trail I thought would be a good bet for this weekend after all our weather, but it was a repeater so I decided to add-on more mileage and elevation gain.

We originally went to Mt. Falcon Park Jefferson County Open Space (details of the trail in the link) at the end if July last year.  The first time we hiked this park, we were there on a really hot day thinking “I bet this hike is really great in spring or fall”.  Plus there are a great set of trails at the top that we could use to challenge us to go further and climb more.   That is how we ended up back at Mt. Falcon Park today.   Here is what we took on for our hike:

Turkey trot> Castle trail> Parmalee Trail>  Meadow Trail > Castle > Turkey Trot  : Officially 10.5 miles, my fitbit said 11.8 miles total it took us 4 &1/2 hours.  A total elevation gain of  2100 feet.

Castle trail

Castle trail

It was a little cold and windy at first, but before we knew it we were peeling off layers of clothes trying not to sweat through everything.  It didn’t take long for us to remember why we wanted to come back to this trail again, the views were beautiful again and the changing sky made them new when we passed them again later.  We were lucky enough to have these 3 ladies greet us as we got closer to the west parking lot, too bad for the runner that came by before I could snap the perfect picture but at least I got this one.

Deer

Deer

We have been here before, but that first time we were competing with a race so we kept dodging runners.  This time it was still pretty active but it was a nice mix of runners & hikers but nothing like the last time, it was such a nice hard workout with all the beauty!   Instead of going from the East parking lot to the west parking then back, we wanted to get more mileage so at the top we decided to take on the Parmalee Trail because it had a nice elevation decrease then regain and it was a loop that brought us back to the Castle trail.  It was a perfect add-on!

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The Meadow Trail was actually the toughest part and not because it was hard but because it had a couple of feet of snow we had to walk on.  Since we had already taken the legs off  our pants it made for interesting half mile.

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The Parmalee trail was really beautiful, mostly covered by trees and then it broke out of the trees with great views  of the surrounding mountains.

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Trail conditions

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When we got back to the Castle Trail, a lot more clouds had started to roll in but man did it make the mountains look even better.

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As we headed back down the views of the ruins there also looked spectacular!!!  I don’t know what it was but everything just looked so good today.

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Oh and there was a new sign that I hadn’t seen before….I hope they start posting these everywhere because really going up is hard and those going down should give way even if they are jogging….

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Here are a couple of the amazing views we had:

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This hike was wonderful, even more so then the first time we did it!  If you find  your way over to this park try any of these trails or all of them, they were all great on their own each with new and amazing views!

When we got home, one of our cats was very vocal about us coming home smelling terrible but still demanded he get picked up….

Serenity