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Mountain Lion Trail

 4.5 (40)

Length


6.9 Miles 11.1 Kilometers


1,531' 467 m

Ascent

-1,509' -460 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

8,901' 2,713 m

High

7,627' 2,325 m

Low

Shared By Taylor Simmons

Conditions


All Clear 50 days ago
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Colorado wrapped into one trail offering elevation, lakes, creeks, and mountain views.

Taylor Simmons

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Park Hours 5 AM - 10 PM and $7 park fee to be paid at visitor center.

Overview

Many in the greater Denver area consider this the most beautiful park within an hours drive of Denver. Enjoy the scenery; stop at the lake early in the trail and admire the views back to the south. This particular trail is covered by trees for a great part, but you'll be able to ignore that because the descent toward, then along, Deer Creek is a hiker's dream.

Need to Know

Park fee! Also, counterclockwise is preferable in the summer because the south, southwest side of the trail will bake in the sun by late morning and early afternoon.

Description

Start ascending singletrack to the west. After a mile or so, your route will turn into dirt road heading northwest. After another half-mile, you'll reach a lake that offers spectacular views back to the south; it's worth a stop.

From this point, you'll follow a dirt road north for a bit, leading into a steep ascent and a few switchbacks toward Windy Peak. Before reaching the peak, you hit a junction and bear left (staying on Mountain Lion) and head back down another set of steep switchbacks toward Deer Creek. You'll continue to drop elevation as you follow along the creek; this section is quite fast, with roots, rocks, and several creek crossings.

The dirt path turns back south, then southwest as you exit the forested area. From here, the elevation profile is mostly flat, trail wide, and the footing very good. You'll have a brief descent again heading south directly back to notch creek where you started.

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Nov 23, 2018
Scott EHopkins
6.9mi
Oct 7, 2018
Meghan Hollaback
7.4mi
Aug 31, 2018
Kate B
Gorgeous but difficult. The lake was a little underwhelming. Glad to see a lot of other trails can be accessed from here as well. 6.7mi
Aug 19, 2018
Logan Shaver
8mi
Aug 18, 2018
Travis Mims
Aug 18, 2018
Clancey Potter
Nice moderate hike! Mostly wooded with a nice forest section. Got rained on. 6.9mi
Aug 16, 2018
Brian K
Aug 5, 2018
JT Alexa
6.9mi

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  4.5 from 40 votes

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  4.5 from 40 votes
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#34

in Colorado

#104

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Mike Ricci
Evergreen, CO
Mike Ricci   Evergreen, CO
Day before east rate trail was mostly clear and in amazing shape. Patches of snow in some places but pretty dry and beautiful .. Apr 16, 2017

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