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Deer Creek Canyon

Average Rating:    (3.98 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 45

From the parking lot, enter Plymouth Creek Trail and head south, the trail will be rolling at first, then begin its ascent. (It climbs from approximately 6,075 ft at the parking lot, to over 7,000 ft at the top of the Plymouth Creek, and to over 7,400 ft on the Red Mesa Loop) About 1.3 miles up the trail, a spur enters from the left. This is part of the Plymouth Mtn. Trail. (you will come out here later) Continue up the Plymouth Creek Trail (.57 miles) until the junction of the Plymouth Mtn. Trail and the Red Mesa Loop turn off. At this point you can do either of the two different loops; the Plymouth Mtn. Trail, or the Red Mesa Loop. I prefer to go left and continue up the Plymouth Mtn. Trail to the top (.4 miles). At the top there is a scenic view trail (off to the left) that gives a great view of southwest Denver and the Chatfield Reservoir. Continue on the Plymouth Mtn. Trail and it will continue to bend back north, then west until it rejoins the Plymouth Creek Trail (2.05 miles). At this point you can either take a right and head back down the canyon to the parking lot, or swing a left back up to the Red Mesa Loop trail intersection. If you choose to go left, you will go back up to the intersection. At this point take a right, up the Red Mesa Loop instead left up Plymouth Mtn. After approximately.56 miles you will run into another junction. This is the Red Mesa Loop proper. Take a left and run this loop until you pop back out at the intersection. This loop is approximately 2.5 miles. After coming back to the intersection head back down to the parking lot, or do another loop on Plymouth Mt. it's your call. The downhill back to the parking lot is quite steep and loose in spots so use caution. There also tends to be quite a bit of foot traffic and an occasional horse or two. Always yield to the uphill please. This trail was just re-worked by Jefferson County after all the rain this spring. If you haven't been on it recently, it is in great shape and 100% rideable if your legs can hold. Enjoy
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Latitude
39.544153
Longitude
-105.151060
Trail Directions
C-470 to Kipling Pkwy. South on Kipling to W. Ute Ave. Take a right (west) on Ute Ave. This will turn sharply to the south and join up with Deer Creek Canyon Rd. which then heads to the west. Follow Deer Creek Canyon Rd. untill it intersects Grizzly Dr. Take a left (south) on Grizzly to the marked turn for Deer Creek Canyon park.
Trail Length
9.65
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Denver
State/Territory/Province
CO
Country
US
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Review Date
August 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ninerfreak ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This trail has a technical climb that never really flattens out. The good part is that the incline is never so radical that you have to walk your bike. By the time you reach the Red Mesa loop, keep going. The red mesa loop is a good cool down climb with a great warmup to a fast downhill run. This trail had some traffic on a Friday afternoon but was not overly crowded. The reward after the climb was worth it.

Recommended Route:
I followed others recommendations and took the red mesa loop clockwise.



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Review Date
September 25, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dan Biscup ,  Racer

Summary:
I rode this loop today. I followed everyone’s recommendations on the clock ways direction. My favorite section was the mesa section, I would say the downhill section was one of the most fun I have ever had! Just fast and flowie. Watch out for the other people on the trail, go during the week. I had difficulty making the initial climbs, I think the altitude makes it hard. Great trail! It is easy to follow, hard to get lost and excellent views!

Recommended Route:
Clockwise



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Review Date
August 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: coalz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fun, flowy and short technical sections. I love this trail! One of my favorites, typical front range long tough climb in the beginning with tons of fun descent at the end.

Recommended Route:
Do both loops clockwise. Red mesa loop provides best riding while the south loop has the best views.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mount Falcon



Comments
matt00mck (08/20/2011)
I prefer to do Red Mesa first CW then to Plymouth CCW. Try it, you will like it. I have down all possible combinations and find this is my favorite.
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Review Date
June 21, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Andrew ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great ride with spectacular views from the top. The first half of the uphill is grueling with large boulders, loose rock/gravel, and water bars. The second half (past the Plymouth Mountain turnoff) becomes much more hard pack with less rocks. The overall uphill is relentless. Every time you come around a corner you are greeted with about 200 more yards of uphill. Once your at the top the fun begins as it's mostly downhill.

I rode this trail on 6/19/11 and was lucky (or unlucky) enough to spot a black bear about 40 yards off the trail. He was perched up on a huge rock outcropping watching the hikers/bikers below. Very cool.

Recommended Route:
Take the Plymouth Creek trail from the parking lot. Go past the Plymouth mountain trails and then past the Red Mesa Trail. Continue all the way to the top. After resting your lungs for a few minutes, ride the Red Mesa loop clockwise. Connect back up with the Plymouth Creek Trail and continue to the Plymouth Mountain trail. Ride it counter clockwise. Connect back to the Plmouth Creek trail and head back to the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lair O' the Bear



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Review Date
December 9, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Kyle10bike ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Great begining climb if you like rough riding. Shortly after the bridge comes the wall, which is the hardest part to climb but is also one of the easyest and the most fun part to decend. Not too much father there are two great loops. Off of the loops there are a few hikers only trails, a few look outs, and a few pirate trails.

Recommended Route:
Ride up Plymouth Creek Trail, ride Plymouth Mountain Trail clockwise, then ride Red Mesa clockwise, then ride back down plymouth Creek Trail. Also you can ride both the bootleg trails coming off of Red Mesa (better than any trails in the park).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you ride Red Mesa clockwise the first pirate trail you will reach is called Beggers Canyon (Gnarly singletrack with lots of dangerous rock sections and a few log jumps, the trail spits out on highgrade road(search for "Beggers Canyon Trail Colorado" on youtube to fide footage)). If you keep going on Red Mesa the next pirate trail is called No Name Trail (this trail is very fast kinda wide open with lots of loose rock and some gnarly rut sections, the trail spites out on Deek Creek Canyon Road (seach for "No Name Trail" on youtube to find footage)).



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