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Deer Creek Canyon

 4.0 (68)

10.1 Miles 16.2 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

2,171' 662 m

Ascent

-2,170' -661 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

7,431' 2,265 m

High

6,036' 1,840 m

Low

Shared By Ryan Hickman

Conditions


All Clear 29 days ago
Dry - Awesome idea adding more to deer creek. Well built trail, aside from the 342 switchbacks. History

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A technical downhill earned the Colorado way.

Ryan Hickman

Dogs Unknown

Features eMTB 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.

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Sep 13, 2018
George McCague
5.4mi
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
N M
Opposite direction on the top loops... better. No lookout.. not worth it. 9.3mi — 1h 30m
Jul 22, 2018
David C
Jul 18, 2018
N M
Humbling 10.3mi
Jun 26, 2018
Katie Purdy
Jun 25, 2018
Bryce Randle
post rain. nice and tacky.
Jun 23, 2018
Brandon J
Dry dry dry.....also went the wrong way up Plymouth 8mi

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  4.0 from 68 votes

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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 brentmbass@gmail.com. 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
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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