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Deer Creek Canyon

 52 votes


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



Bad / Closed 45 days ago

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A technical downhill earned the Colorado way.

Ryan Hickman


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 9, 2018
Jride C oh double bee
Dec 30, 2017
David Huskey
Dec 30, 2017
John Kollars
Mostly snow packed in the shade and the top two loops were just fine. All frozen when we went but by 10:30am it was starting to thaw. 10mi — 2h 00m
Nov 21, 2017
Cooper Johnson
Nov 11, 2017
Jason Newcomer
First Flats, first 1x. Flat pedals win medals! 10.1mi
Oct 29, 2017
Aleks Racenis
7.6mi — 2h 09m
Oct 22, 2017
Reed Harrington
Awesome. Technical and fast. Fun uphill and down.
Oct 16, 2017
John Miller

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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
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

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