Two Dog

Rating: 
Round Trip Distance: 0.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 7523 - 7612 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: West Mount Falcon
Fee: none
Attractions: Forest hike, overlook




The Two Dog trail is located in the Mount Falcon Park near Morrison, Colorado. The trail begins off of the Castle trail where it climbs a small hill to an overlook with views of the area between the hogbacks and the foothills near Morrison as well as distant views of the Denver area stretching out onto the eastern plains of Colorado.


To get to the trailhead drive south on Highway 8 from its junction with Highway 74 for 2 miles. Keep right and merge onto Highway 285 and continue for 2.58 miles and turn right onto the Parmalee Gulch Road.  From there simply follow the signs for a little over 1.5 miles to Mount Falcon Park.


The Two Dog trail begins near the 1.2 mile point of the Castle trail measuring from the west trailhead.


The trail climbs at a gentle pace as it heads up the small hill.


In places there are tree roots and outcropping rocks that add a little variety to the trails surface.


It doesn't take long to reach the final approach on the short trail.


An 'End of Trail' sign appears once the trail reaches the overlook as though to warn hikers of the approaching cliff.


The area between the hogbacks and the foothills can be seen directly below the ridge.


As the sun sets on the plains downtown Denver welcomes dusk as lights begin flickering on.


While on the return hike the sun is still shining and the temperatures quickly cooling.


Back at the Castle trail it is only a few hundred feet to the right to a shelter where on this day a few young couples were gathering to watch the lights of the Denver metro area begin to illuminate the sky as night began creeping over the city. The portion of the Castle trail between here and the trailhead is relatively smooth and should be easy enough for them to hike in low light conditions. Mount Falcon Park does close one hour after sunset so that is something to keep in mind. Most visitors to the Two Dog trail and the rest of the area won't have to worry about such things although the times of day near sunrise and sunset are when the wildlife are usually easier to spot. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.