Anytime a friend is visiting they persist on getting outdoors and enjoying the Colorado scenery. The "when in Rome" theory. The Mount Falcon trails is the perfect solution for that out town weekend goer to enjoy a nice leisure hike with views of Red Rocks and the city. The Turkey Trot Trail is exclusive to hikers so you won't get disturbed by the mountain bikers and you won't disturb them. The loop is just shy of 2 miles. If you and your guest have enough energy about half way through the Turkey Trot loop you can take Castle Trail further up the mountain. After 45 minutes of hiking, I drove my out-of-town guest a few minutes over to Red Rocks Amphitheater. It is a Colorado must-see in my book. We followed it up with "Colorado" pizza and a beer on the patio at Beau Jo's in Evergreen. The patio is perfectly set right on the river. Trail: Turkey Trot Difficultly: Easy - Moderate Distance: 1.7 Directions to Trailhead: To access the Turkey Trot you will want the east parking area. Take the Indian Hills turn off from US 285, follow Parmalee Gulch Road for 5 miles to Picutis Road, then follow the signs to the west parking area. East access is available from CO Highway 8, south of Morrison. Turn west on Forest Avenue and north on Vine Avenue. Trail History: The story of Mount Falcon is largely the story of Joh Brisben Walker who once owned over 4,000 acres of land in the area. During the 1900s Walker lived in an elaborate stone house on Mount Falcon which later burned in 1918. The stone walls and numerous fireplaces remain today. He planned the construction of a summer home for the presidents of the United States, which was to have been located on the ridge of to the east of his home. The construction of The Summer White House never proceeded beyond laying the foundation. The American involvement in World War I, combined with a waning of Walker's good fortunes, brought an end to the project.
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