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Mt Falcon Park Hikes – Castle Trail and Meadow Trail

Mt Falcon Park Hikes

Two easy Mt Falcon Park hikes from the west entrance of Mt. Falcon Park are Meadow Trail and Castle Trail offering level terrain and views of the mountains as well as the city. One of the best perks of this park is that it is close to Denver just bordering Indian Hills, Colorado (west entry from Hwy 285 to Parmalee Gulch Rd.)

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These two trails together offer meadows filled with wildflowers, views of the city and foothills, and plenty of tall Scotch and Ponderosa Pines.

mt falcon park view

The park offers many more trails that are easy to moderate and offer a multitude of views of the mountains and city. See Trail Map.

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Castle Trail offers a unique destination of old homestead ruins that once belonged to a wealthy Denverite in the early 1900′s. Kids love to explore the old castle ruins at the end of the hike and enjoy the view of the eastern plains over Denver.

mt falcon trailhead

Our family has visited this park for many years and have always enjoyed its open meadows and pine forests. Pack a picnic and dine at one of the many picnic tables in this mountain setting! Enjoy Your hike or your picnic.

mt falcon picnic pavilion with view

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Bergen Peak Trail at Elk Meadow Open Space Park

In the beautiful town mountain town of Evergreen lies Bergen Peak Trail at Elk Meadow Open Space Park. This is a popular hike spot for locals as well as vacationers. The trail offers easy access by car, ample parking and a variety of well-maintained trails. The trail that we enjoy with our family (Meadow View Trail connecting with Bergen Peak Trail) slowly ambles up the side of Bergen mountain above the expansive Elk Meadow that you will get glimpses of as you go.

Hiking Bergen Peak Trail

Bergen Peak Trail, shaded by huge Ponderosa Pines, offers views of the town below, Denver in the distance, Aspen tree stands, cool and lush ground coverage and the towering Bergen Peak. The climb is long and uphill with switchbacks taking you to the top of Bergen Peak – a hike well worth the effort. The top offers great views.

Bergen Peak Trail

Some history about the area: Elk Meadow was a ranching area for cattle since the 1870’s and purchased by Jefferson County beginning in the 1970’s. Grab a map at the trailhead to take with you.
Elk Meadow Park

Picnic spot recommendations:
After hiking for about 35 minutes from Meadow View Trail and then onto Bergen Peak trail, and just off the side of the trail looking south, there are some beautiful views of the foothills – we like to picnic here. If you would prefer, there are also picnic tables near the parking area. Restrooms available at trailhead.

switchback on trail to Bergen Peak

hiking bergen mountian in rain

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Sisters Trail at Alderfer Three Sisters Park

Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park offers a variety of trails to chose from. The Sisters Trail is good choice for a variety of terrain and views.

Sisters Trail Meadow
This hike leads through meadow and proceeds through pine forest. It will take you over some hills, through large rocks and over to the massive rock outcroppings known as the Three Sisters and The Brother. From this section of trail there are views of Evergreen Lake to the east and Mt. Evans to the west.

Sisters Trail View

Starting at the west parking lot, go right on Bluebird Meadow Trail to Silver Fox (go left), then merge right onto Ponderosa Trail and then left on to Sisters Trail which will lead up and around the sisters rocks. Sisters Trail loops back to this junction and you will follow Ponderosa, Silver Fox and Bluebird Meadow trails back to the parking lot. Grab a map at the trailhead.

Sisters Trail Rain

Trail to Three Sisters

The trail is heavily used, and well-maintained. The surroundings are beautiful with views east and west, pine trees, aspen trees, wildflowers, and varying terrain. This is a busy park so hike early in the morning or on a weekday – parking spaces are limited in the lot. Restrooms available at parking lot.
A more challenging hike at Alderfer Three Sister Open Space is Evergreen Mountain Trail.

Three Sisters Trail Rock

Picnic recommendation:
At the base of “three sisters” there are places along the trail to stop and eat. Another option is to picnic near the big, brown barn on the edge of the meadow (close to the parking lot). There are some picnic tables available.

view from Evergreen Mountain

Evergreen Mountain Trail

view from Evergreen Mountain

Evergreen Mountain Trail West offers a pleasant hike through pine forest with great views of the surrounding mountains including Mt. Evans and the town of Evergreen. This trail begins at the Alderfer Three Sisters Park (Jefferson County Open Space). Park at the west lot to begin your hike up Evergreen Mountain. The trail is on the south side of Buffalo Park Rd. (opposite side than the parking lot).

Evergreen Mountain Trail

photo courtesy Tony Parker

The trail will take you through the forest on a well maintained and well traveled dirt trail. Stop along the way for views through the trees, and wildlife, or to picnic. The long uphill hike is worth every effort when you reach the rocky summit because the views are fantastic!
Another great hike at Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park is: Sisters Trail.

For a more detailed map of the park click here Jefferson County Open Space Alderfer Three Sisters

photo courtesy of Tony Parker

evergreen mtn trail rock formation

photo courtesy of Tony Parker

Photo courtesy of Tony Parker

Photo courtesy of Tony Parker

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Indian Creek Trail at Mount Evans Wildlife Area

Indian Creek Trail

This portion of Indian Creek trail is a peaceful and easy amble through pine forest, Aspen grove, grassy meadow and creek side scenery.

From the trailhead, you will begin by hiking uphill on a fire road. There is a gate across it to keep out motorized vehicles. This is the only incline on the trail.

After reaching the top of the hill you will move down to the creek which is a fly fisherman’s peaceful getaway. The trail (jeep ruts) runs beside the creek for about ½ mile. As the trail (the fire road) reaches the creek, turn right and follow the creek a couple hundred yards to the picnic table under the big pine. This is the end of this section of the Indian Creek Trail. It is a great place to eat. We turn around and head back to the trailhead.

If you want a longer trail in the area, go to the Lost Creek Trail #42 (for more information click the National Forest Service website).

Mt Evans Creekside Trail
Restrooms available at trailhead.

Note: Public access to Mt. Evans Wildlife Area prohibited Jan.1-June 14. (hunting season). For more information on this area click State Wildlife Areas.

Picnic Recommendations:
Alongside the peaceful creek in the tress at the end of the trail is a lone picnic table under a huge shady pine tree. This is a great area to eat and to toss a Frisbee or just enjoy the sound of the water.

From Jct I-70 and C-470 approximately 40 minutes.

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