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Deer Creek Canyon

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 4.1 (101) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A technical downhill earned the Colorado way.


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10.2

Miles

16.5

KM

80%

Singletrack

7,424' 2,263 m

High

6,047' 1,843 m

Low

1,960' 597 m

Up

1,959' 597 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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.

History & Background

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Ryan Hickman

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The mix of technical and flowing trail at Deer Creek Canyon makes for stupid fun riding!
May 5, 2017 near Ken Caryl, CO
Recently the descent down Plymouth Mountain was quite eerie...
Jun 6, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO
DH level downhill after a long, anaerobic climb!
Mar 18, 2016 near Ken Caryl, CO
Danielle thoroughly enjoying the full squish after riding Deer Creek too many times on a HT.
Sep 16, 2017 near Ken Caryl, CO
The dreaded "wall". This thing is a beast. No pictures can capture the size and intensity.
Jul 6, 2016 near Ken Caryl, CO
Halfway to the top!
Jun 17, 2016 near Ken Caryl, CO

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Oct 11, 2021
Jesse OBrien
1h 45m
Aug 28, 2021
Tim Tonk
Fun ride! Long ascent with a fair amount of hike a bike at the beginning, but worth it. Lots of hikers, especially at the beginning.
Jul 9, 2021
Matthew Koenig
Plymouth Mountain Trail and Red Mesa Loop 7.2mi — 1h 40m
May 21, 2021
Private User
Apr 25, 2021
Sean Neely
Dec 5, 2020
Avondine Hill
Snowy but still fun. Some hiking both up and down that first pitch 10mi — 2h 07m
Sep 4, 2020
Christopher McCarthy
Awesome trail. Worth the pain. 13.7mi — 1h 49m
Sep 2, 2020
Sharqy McDen
Stumped yet again by the wall. Lots of sweat. 7mi — 2h 00m