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Mule Deer and Coyote Trail Loop

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Trail

5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 871' 266 m
Descent: -839' -256 m
High: 9,437' 2,876 m
Low: 8,592' 2,619 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Sarah E

Enjoy lovely singletrack, lots of aspens, and a steep climb up Coyote Trail on this loop through Golden Gate.

Sarah E

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Heartier kids will enjoy this hike, especially if you take breaks through the infrequent tougher sections.

Overview

While there are many ways to link trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, this loop provides some of the best views of the Continental Divide while immersing hikers in a sea of aspens.

Description

Beginning at the Ole Barn Knoll parking area, follow the Mule Deer Trail heading north. At the first junction, turn right towards Coyote Trail, following this across the road and the Boot Bottom parking area. Follow the trail up about a mile of rocky switchbacks to a gorgeous westerly view at the top! Continue along Coyote Trail, meeting up with Mule Deer Trail again, all on great dirt/sandy singletrack through aspens and a few small meadows. At about 4.5 miles in, there is an option for the main (lower) Mule Deer Trail or the Mule Deer Trail - Alternate. This loop takes the alternate through slighty rocky terrain, but both lead back to the parking area to complete the loop.

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Oct 11, 2019
Livia Abuls
Oct 6, 2019
Carolyn C
With forest
Sep 29, 2019
Christy Ferguson
Sep 22, 2019
Katie Osland
Gorgeous and peaceful! 5.6mi — 2h 03m
Aug 3, 2019
Kim Chrislip
5.7mi
Jun 22, 2019
Tucker Adams
Jun 22, 2019
Kimberly Taylor
w/ kemar
Jun 12, 2019
Stephen Rocha
6.7mi — 3h 10m

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  4.4 from 16 votes

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Near the end you'll be rewarded with a great view of the ridge you climbed at the beginning.
Sep 17, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
Fantastic mountain views on the Mule Deer Trail
Jun 24, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
Mule Deer Trail
May 21, 2018 near Central…, CO
Flat singletrack
Apr 4, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
The start of the Coyote scramble. It's steep; make sure everyone in your party is okay with this kind of climb.
Sep 17, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
Rocky section.
May 26, 2016 near Central…, CO

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