How to Run Mt. Falcon
From the upper (west) lot, you can take a shorter route to the summit and the Devil Elbow loops, which are more lightly trafficked areas of the park.
Parmalee Trail is a short 2 mile loop that begins near the upper trailhead and takes a steep descent into an equally steep climb through coniferous forest, with panoramic views of the southwest hills.
Note: Mt. Falcon’s lower (east) lot is typically a windy place, given its proximity to the mouth of nearby Turkey Creek Canyon.
Pit bathrooms are available at both trailheads, but there is no potable water available.
Climbing your first mountain or 14er is an exciting and rewarding experience! You’ll get the achievement of seeing the world from above and the feel-goods of the endorphins from the exercise. However, the mountains aren’t a walk in the park, and getting down is mandatory. Some situations require extra caution and a little know how. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to get to the summit and back safely.
Whether you are training for a race or simply indulging in all the wilderness has to offer, there are a variety of factors, some constant, and some changing, that are likely to have an impact on your journey. Knowing these factors can help ensure your safety and get you back to the trailhead safely.