Explore the ruins of one man’s fallen dream at this popular Jefferson County Open Space Park. Mount Falcon Park is part of the Jefferson County Open Space Park system, one of the largest and most heavily used county park systems in the country. Dogs must be kept on a leash and motorized vehicles are forbidden on the trails. This route up to Mount Falcon from the northeast is much more demanding than the approach from the west, but the trailhead is less than 25 miles from downtown Denver. Due to its low elevation, this hike can be done nearly year round, but the best times are from April into November. The ruins of the Walker home, and the site of a proposed summer White House, are interesting side trips on the way to the summit. John Brisben Walker himself was something of a tragic figure. His elaborate home was destroyed in a fire in 1918, and although he held various fortunes in his life, he died penniless in 1931. This hike follows a road once plied by Stanley Steamers, one of Walker’s bad business bets.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,951 ft|
|Duration||100 minutes up, 75 minutes down|
|Season||Early April to late November|
|Trailhead Elevation||6,020 ft|
|Top Elevation||7,851 ft|
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