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Deer Creek

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (44) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

7.3

Miles

11.7

KM

Loop

7,186' 2,190 m

High

6,101' 1,860 m

Low

1,275' 389 m

Up

1,280' 390 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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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Kevin Holleman

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  4.4 from 44 votes

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Photos

Looking back toward the city as you ascend the trial into the mountains.
May 22, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
The start of the trail - beautiful foothills
May 25, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
View of downtown and Deer Creek Canyon
May 25, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
The Wall
Aug 6, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
The start of the Plymouth Mtn Trial. It's well worth the lung buster to get up here!
May 22, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
The bulk of this trail follows the creekside.
May 25, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO

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Jun 27, 2020
Michelle Williams
Enjoy this hike close to Denver! Lots of beautiful/different landscapes. 7.8mi — 2h 55m
May 24, 2020
Michael Benton
Jan 17, 2020
Cynthia B.
Jan 16, 2020
Kylea Pote
Aug 22, 2019
TN Vol77
Trail in good shape. Grouse and rattler on trail. — 3h 00m
Aug 11, 2019
Wid G
Aug 5, 2019
Ian A
Beautiful trail with light elevation change. Keep an eye out for the raspberries and thimble berries along the side of the creek for a nice snack a… 7.8mi
Jul 16, 2019
Brian Bednarek
10.2mi — 3h 17m