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Deer Creek Canyon

 27 votes

10.1 Miles 16.2 Kilometers



2,171' 662 m


-2,170' -661 m


7,431' 2,265 m


6,036' 1,840 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (12°)

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7,431' 2,265 m


6,036' 1,840 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (12°)

A technical downhill earned the Colorado way.

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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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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
Jul 21, 2016
Neil Bezdek
First ride back!
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

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Deer Creek Canyon. Starting with the Bad. Rode this trail last night and first time riding it since last fall (rode it for the first time in 1995). This trail has deteriorated over the past 10-15 years. Several sections have become so washed out that they near unrideable unless you have the legs and can pick a clean line. The recent storms I'm sure have contributed to this and not sure what (if any) trail maintenance is planned. The Ugly is "The Wall" section that has always been hike-a-bike for me. Riding it on the downhill will surely get your pulse going. Now for the Good. The blown out rocky lower sections mean fewer riders to enjoy the awesome single track loops up top. I rode these literally by myself and only passed about 8 riders coming down. 10 years ago this would have been a 20-25 rider freight train on the way up at 6PM on a weeknight. "You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig." Jul 15, 2014

What!!!! do you want more broken bones? Take it easy son you are no longer in your 20's. Jul 15, 2014

Plymouth creek trail is pretty rutted out and there is some pretty aggressive rocky sections. Up hill is a bear but short. Dec 5, 2014

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