Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Friday, May 4, 2012

O'Fallon Park - Picnic & Mountain View Loops

Picnic Loop > West Ridge Loop > Mountain View Loop
O'Fallon Park, Denver Mountain Parks

Date Hiked: May 4, 2012

Distance: 3.36 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 637 ft

Park Map
Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  From Morrison, head west on Bear Creek Road (74), past the Corwina Park Trailhead and turn left into the O'Fallon Park parking area.  This trail begins from the Picnic Loop trailhead and finishes at the Mountain View Loop trailhead.

This hike is a combination of parts of the three O'Fallon Park loop trails and makes for a wonderful hike through the rolling foothills with a great view of Mount Evans as your midway destination.

Start by following the Picnic Loop trail to the intersection with the West Ridge Loop.  Bear left onto the West Ridge Loop and follow this trail to the Mountain View Loop.  Hang a right onto the Mountain View Loop and soon you will start a steep uphill section.  Look for the "vista" sign and make a left onto the vista spur trail.  This short diversion takes you to a Quartz outcropping with a wonderful view of Mt. Evans on a clear day.  Personally, I prefer this view to the nearby (and more popular) Panorama Point.

Head back to the Mountain View Trail and this time make a left.  Continue the Mountain View Loop, passing the Bear Creek Trail.  Stay straight on the Mountain View Loop all the back to the parking lot. This combination of loops takes you through the heart of O'Fallon park, but each loop is individually worthwhile for hiking.  

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