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Mule Deer Trail

 7 votes

9.0 Miles 14.5 Kilometers


1,198' 365 m


-1,246' -380 m


9,484' 2,891 m


8,553' 2,607 m



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9,484' 2,891 m


8,553' 2,607 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (12°)

This trail has it all - some technical climbs and fast flowing descents.

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You'll need a CO Parks and Wildlife pass to park a vehicle. Day passes are self-pay and cost $7 (cash-only).
Make sure to check out the Golden Gate State Park - Mule Deer Loop for the ride using this trail.

You can access this trail from MANY points, but if starting at the bottom, from just above Kriley Pond, take Blue Grouse 0.7 mi where you'll join Mule Deer. I recommend doing Mule Deer counter-clockwise from this point, saving the fast singletrack to later, though people prefer both directions, so it probably doesn't matter.

Climb up Mule Deer with a few challenging switchbacks and generally rocky trail. There are some nice views of the mountains looking W/SW from the top.

The trail flattens out somewhat across the Rim Meadow and Frazier Meadow. Nice easy riding through aspen and ponderosa forest.

Leaving the meadows, you'll start climbing towards Gap road. You'll pass Snowshoe Hare on the right keep going.

The trail parallels gap road on the high side and has some nice features in with a mellow descent.

Crossing Gap road to Racoon trail the fun is about to begin. It's a nice descent which opens out to singletrack in aspen meadow. Trail steepens here and becomes rocky and rooted. Open it up and enjoy.

Once at the bottom its over to quick so take the side trail up to the Reverends Ridge campground. This trail is short but a lot of fun coming back down (fast and rooted).

Once you rejoin Racoon Trail, start the climb back up to Gap Road and Mule Deer trail. You could take Panorama Point Trail for some nice views of the Indian Peaks.

If not, keep climbing up on Mule Deer trail to where it crosses Gap Road.

Now the sweet singletrack though open meadows starts (just after a short climb from Gap Road). Go as fast as you dare but note that trail is narrow.

You'll come to Ole Barn Knoll an then have a short climb back up to to complete the loop with the intersection of Blue Grouse Trail. Enjoy the last descent back to the car park.

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Oct 15, 2016
Mehmed Diken
Aug 9, 2016
Olivia Peralta
Went opposite way of recommendations. Still so fun. 10.1mi — 3h 30m
Jul 4, 2016
Robert Kubovic
Great variety of terrain.
Jun 12, 2016
Stacey SJ
Jun 3, 2016
Lance Schaffer Jr.
Mule Deer loop with Raccoon trail. Wicked fun with good climbs and descents. 10.6mi
Aug 8, 2015
Stacey SJ
Nov 9, 2014
Leah Brenner
Oct 6, 2014
Joe Martinet

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All Clear 11 days ago

As of 5/22 north facing aspects of the trail still had a fair amount of snow. May 22, 2016

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