This is my review of Mount Falcon Park in Colorado (in terms of picnic-worthiness)
Starting at the Morrison (East) trailhead and then following the Turkey trot trail (which is quite a bit more difficult than the Castle trail)
I went on a Sunday afternoon and there were quite a bit of families there. Some people not wearing masks and some considerate enough to put on a mask as they saw another human approaching.
There are picnic spots at the end of that trail where it meets up with the other two but I found a good spot along the way to set up a blanket.
Mount Falcon Park – Picnic Rating – 21/30
Parking + restrooms: 5/5 (A whole lot for free parking and a building for restrooms and water fountain. I could imagine the lot getting full on weekend mornings though and having to find a spot along the side of the road to the lot.)
Benches + tables: 4/5 (There are picnic tables and benches near the entrance + restrooms and there was a picnic area mentioned on the map later on in the trail – did not investigate this though)
Flat soft ground: 3/5 (Difficult to find a truly flat soft area along the trail although I did include a screenshot of my location on the map where I found a spot with less dry pokey grass with a good view. There are spots on this specific trail with rocks you can sit on but the view gets better the further up you go)
Shady spots: 2/5 (There are trees but its more of a hiking trail and not a sit on the ground under a tree park – the picnic table at the entrance has shade)
Isolated: 2/5 (Very popular trail for families and all those outdoorsy Coloradans – including some non-mask-wearers). Was able to find a place slightly off the trail to set up my blanket.
Scenic: 5/5 (Probably the most scenic park I’ve visited on this blog so far)
It got pretty windy and started hailing for about 5 minutes but the weather got better soon after. Packed up my stuff and hid under a small tree near my picnic spot. Decided to head back down soon after since I had already spent an hour or so there. Saw these deer on the way down 🙂
Here’s some very short footage of the view from my picnic spot + the deer:
If you’re not afraid of a bit of a hike – I definitely recommend!