Ascent of Mount Falcon on 2017-06-19

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, June 19, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Falcon
    Elevation:7851 ft / 2392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked high on the western park access along Mount Falcon Road which has very good parking and access trails. Then hiked down the Parmalee Trail for several miles losing elevation quickly to around 7240 and then climbed back up to the Meadow Trail and found the Tower Trail and bagged the peak and tower. Then hiked back down to the saddle and took the Old Ute Trail as high as it would go then bushwhacked the final 100 feet to the small subpeak and then returned to car. A very scenic park. Once again, I am impressed with the quality of county parks in Jefferson County!

Although the net gain from parking to peak was very little, the route I took meandered way down hill and all over. My fitbit recorded 1,100 feet of total gain for the day of which over 900 was just getting Falcon from this route. I could have stayed on the wide Castle and Meadow Trail and avoided the additional gain but I wanted the work out using the bike trail Parmalee instead. a nice meandering trail. I also got extra mileage and gain on the way down in part because I misread the maps twice and headed the wrong way twice back to the parking lot and ended up at the tower 3 times before I got my bearings. Ughhh!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:931 ft / 282 m
    Total Elevation Loss:860 ft / 261 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:85F in valley but 75F at summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:751 ft / 228 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 71 ft / 21 m; Extra: 680 ft / 207m
    Loss on way in:680 ft / 207 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:see TR  7780 ft / 2371 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:see TR
    End Trailhead:parking upper NW corner  

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