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Deer Creek Canyon

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10.2 Miles 16.5 Kilometers



1,960' 597 m


-1,959' -597 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (13°)

7,424' 2,263 m


6,047' 1,843 m


Shared By Ryan Hickman


Bad / Closed 74 days ago
Snowy, Icy - The first mile or so is snow free, however once you enter the canyon the trail is covered in ice and mud. History

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A technical downhill earned the Colorado way.

Ryan Hickman

Dogs Unknown

Features eMTB allowed


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.


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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Feb 20, 2019
MTB Newbie
Hiked the trail. 95% snowpacked, great for hiking fat tire, trail running w good trail shoes or yaktraks 5.4mi
Jan 6, 2019
Jeyrey R
01-05-19 Mostly ride-able. The ravine portion (black diamond is covered by snow back). But at the top it was pretty good. 6.7mi
Dec 14, 2018
Jay Rivers
Dec 12, 2018
Ethan S.
Permafrost has settled, so the trail very slippery. Really steep sections are unridable unless you have adequate traction and strong climbing skill… 5mi
Oct 28, 2018
Manolo Loya
Sep 13, 2018
George McCague
Sep 1, 2018
Vinh Nguyen
A challenging trail going up and but fun going down -- especially the Red Mesa Loop and Ptelymouth Creek Trail. 10mi — 2h 55m
Aug 19, 2018
Opposite direction on the top loops... better. No lookout.. not worth it. 9.3mi — 1h 30m

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I lost my cell phone (IPhone 5S, Black, with A Black/Gray Case) on Tuesday Evening (10-17-17) while biking. It could be anywhere along Plymouth and red mesa or deer creek. I rode all of it that night. If anyone has found it please text or call my new cell 757-876-6696 or email me at Thanks guys! Will exchange for beer! Oct 19, 2017
Patrick Heyboer
Kirkland, WA
Patrick Heyboer   Kirkland, WA
I might try going the opposite direction on the south loop next time, I don't think I cared about the north loop. May 15, 2018
N M  
Pretty great ride... I did the opposite direction on the 2 top loops (Plymouth Mountain and Red Mesa trails)... definitely better on Plymouth Mountain... about the same either way on Red Mesa. The wall is an amazing spectacle... I didn't even attempt up... and its no picnic down. Everything else is clearable by a solid intermediate/advanced rider... top is mostly smooth. Aug 19, 2018

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