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Deer Creek Canyon

 4.0 (64)

10.1 Miles 16.2 Kilometers



2,171' 662 m


-2,170' -661 m



Avg Grade (5°)


Max Grade (12°)

7,431' 2,265 m


6,036' 1,840 m


Shared By Ryan Hickman


All Clear 26 days ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud - post rain has it nice and tacky. some hikers must have been out when it was muddy. lots of dry clumpy footsteps on lower half (per technical steps). 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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Jul 18, 2018
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
Jun 20, 2018
Jason Newcomer
Flying, one last time. Cleaned 95% of the Wall descent! 6.9mi
Jun 14, 2018
David Norris
Jun 8, 2018
Chris Rhodes
Sufferfest 10.6mi
Jun 8, 2018
Alex Buis
Slayed the loops with Spencer and Franco. Tough climb. Bombed out the wall. shifting issues from impact then base camp bitched out my purchase. Dicks

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  4.0 from 64 votes
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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
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
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

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