Deer Creek Canyon

 25 votes

10.1 Miles 16.2 Kilometers

80%

Singletrack

2,171' 662 m

Ascent

-2,170' -661 m

Descent

7,431' 2,265 m

High

6,036' 1,840 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

All Clear

7,431' 2,265 m

High

6,036' 1,840 m

Low

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

A technical downhill earned the Colorado way.

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Overview

Like many trails on the front range, you'll earn your downhill on this trail. This trail is known for a technical uphill featuring an obstacle known as "The Wall". Once past the difficult uphill you are presented with views of the Denver cityscape and surrounding southern metro area.

The downhill erases any bad memories of the climb causing you to plan your next visit while packing up your gear at the car.

Need To Know

Several hiking-only trails intersect with both the Plymouth Mountain and Red Mesa trails. Signage is good at all intersections so take a map or the MTB Project mobile app, and know which trails are for mountain biking.

Description

Start your ride on the Plymouth Mountain Trail heading up a short but steep drainage. It's a 2 mile obstacle filled climb that's a lung buster for all but the superhuman.

To make the climb even more interesting, towards its end you'll hit "The Wall", a stretch of granite steps and loose rock unrideable by most. For those of us without legs of steel, the adjoining stairs of shame present an optional bypass.

As the trail levels out, you'll have the option of riding the mellower Red Mesa Loop or Plymouth Mountain Trail. Both loops provide scenic views of the southern Denver metro area and are rideable by an intermediate rider.

The loops can be enjoyable in either direction. A short excursion up Plymouth Mountain Summit Trail takes you to its summit and a rock outcropping with more scenic views.

Between the whoop-de-doos, obstacles, and steep descent, heading back down will definitely put a smile on your face. However, due to its proximity to Denver, this trail gets busy so be sure to lookout and stop for hikers and horses on your way down.

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Sep 7, 2016
Skyler Kite
Sep 2, 2016
Ricky Pimentel
Steep and challenging ride. The downhills are worth every pedal stroke or hike-a-bike up! Earn your turns! 10.3mi
Sep 1, 2016
Tom Hunter
Trail is in its usual condition: very rough shape low-middle, very nice up top. 10mi
Aug 30, 2016
Josh Dougan
Trail conditions were dry and the climb is still tough. Rode 10 miles from house to trailhead, then the entire 10 mile loop and back home. 5:00 hrs.
Aug 26, 2016
Greg Scala
Aug 26, 2016
Rachel Ch
10.1mi
Jul 4, 2016
Josh Dougan
This trail is exactly as described. The first 2 miles are steep and technical. The wall is a beast. 8mi — 2h 00m
Jul 3, 2016
Matt Heckroth
Super busy on weekend and the initial climbs pretty challenging to say the least. Fun going down though! 5mi — 1h 30m

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  3.6 from 25 votes

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  3.6 from 25 votes
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