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blue Deer Creek

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7.3 mile 11.7 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,275' 389 m
Descent: -1,280' -390 m
High: 7,186' 2,190 m
Low: 6,101' 1,860 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Kevin Holleman

My favorite local hike. Great views with lots of shade. You have short and long hike options.

Kevin Holleman

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route features a great warm-up to the foot bridge. Then a challenging "Wall" with optional steps. The trail levels off to a steady uphill to be rewarded with a steady downhill.

Description

The trail is well marked. Mountain bikes are not allowed on the first part of this trail to the bridge (1.5-miles). To the bridge and back is great for beginners. Shortly after, you'll come to a very steep "wall" section of trail. After the "wall" continue uphill until you see a right hand turn off (2.1-miles). It will steepen a bit before it levels off again to a steady slope. After a 90-degree bend, watch out for the 180-degree turnoff (2.27-miles).

This is the relaxing part of the trail for about a mile. Watch for the chicken looking birds. Stay right at the next intersection and the steady downhill will begin shortly. Watch your footing because the views become spectacular. Continue the steady downhill, watching and listening for Rattlers. The trail eventually meets back up near the steep section (4.94-miles). Make you way back to the footbridge and across. At this point, you're home-free, wishing the trail could go on forever.

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Jul 8, 2019
Erin Rolf
Found two baby mice
Jun 24, 2019
Jesse Fink
7.8mi — 2h 10m
Jun 8, 2019
Sam Scheidt
6.6mi — 2h 15m
Jun 7, 2019
Chad Wiegand
7.3mi
Jun 6, 2019
Hollie Giannaula
2.7mi — 8h 00m
May 5, 2019
Kimberly Taylor
Apr 28, 2019
Joe Martinez
Did the red Mesa Nice morning 8mi — 2h 30m
Apr 27, 2019
Tommy Knight
great hike. dry, beautiful!

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  4.4 from 41 votes

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