Deer Creek Canyon - Trail, Denver, Colorado

Deer Creek Canyon - Trail, Denver, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

From the parking lot, enter Plymouth Creek Trail and head south, the trail will be rolling at first, then begin its ascent. (It climbs from approximately 6,075 ft at the parking lot, to over 7,000 ft at the top of the Plymouth Creek, and to over 7,400 ft on the Red Mesa Loop) About 1.3 miles up the trail, a spur enters from the left. This is part of the Plymouth Mtn. Trail. (you will come out here later) Continue up the Plymouth Creek Trail (.57 miles) until the junction of the Plymouth Mtn. Trail and the Red Mesa Loop turn off. At this point you can do either of the two different loops; the Plymouth Mtn. Trail, or the Red Mesa Loop. I prefer to go left and continue up the Plymouth Mtn. Trail to the top (.4 miles). At the top there is a scenic view trail (off to the left) that gives a great view of southwest Denver and the Chatfield Reservoir. Continue on the Plymouth Mtn. Trail and it will continue to bend back north, then west until it rejoins the Plymouth Creek Trail (2.05 miles). At this point you can either take a right and head back down the canyon to the parking lot, or swing a left back up to the Red Mesa Loop trail intersection. If you choose to go left, you will go back up to the intersection. At this point take a right, up the Red Mesa Loop instead left up Plymouth Mtn. After approximately.56 miles you will run into another junction. This is the Red Mesa Loop proper. Take a left and run this loop until you pop back out at the intersection. This loop is approximately 2.5 miles. After coming back to the intersection head back down to the parking lot, or do another loop on Plymouth Mt. it's your call. The downhill back to the parking lot is quite steep and loose in spots so use caution. There also tends to be quite a bit of foot traffic and an occasional horse or two. Always yield to the uphill please. This trail was just re-worked by Jefferson County after all the rain this spring. If you haven't been on it recently, it is in great shape and 100% rideable if your legs can hold. Enjoy

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 20, 2012]
Ninerfreak
Downhiller

This trail has a technical climb that never really flattens out. The good part is that the incline is never so radical that you have to walk your bike. By the time you reach the Red Mesa loop, keep going. The red mesa loop is a good cool down climb with a great warmup to a fast downhill run. This trail had some traffic on a Friday afternoon but was not overly crowded. The reward after the climb was worth it.

Customer Service

I followed others recommendations and took the red mesa loop clockwise.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 25, 2011]
Dan Biscup
Racer

I rode this loop today. I followed everyone’s recommendations on the clock ways direction. My favorite section was the mesa section, I would say the downhill section was one of the most fun I have ever had! Just fast and flowie. Watch out for the other people on the trail, go during the week. I had difficulty making the initial climbs, I think the altitude makes it hard. Great trail! It is easy to follow, hard to get lost and excellent views!

Customer Service

Clockwise

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 06, 2011]
coalz
Weekend Warrior

Fun, flowy and short technical sections. I love this trail! One of my favorites, typical front range long tough climb in the beginning with tons of fun descent at the end.

Customer Service

Do both loops clockwise. Red mesa loop provides best riding while the south loop has the best views.

Similar Products Used:

Mount Falcon

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 21, 2011]
Andrew
Weekend Warrior

This is a great ride with spectacular views from the top. The first half of the uphill is grueling with large boulders, loose rock/gravel, and water bars. The second half (past the Plymouth Mountain turnoff) becomes much more hard pack with less rocks. The overall uphill is relentless. Every time you come around a corner you are greeted with about 200 more yards of uphill. Once your at the top the fun begins as it's mostly downhill.

I rode this trail on 6/19/11 and was lucky (or unlucky) enough to spot a black bear about 40 yards off the trail. He was perched up on a huge rock outcropping watching the hikers/bikers below. Very cool.

Customer Service

Take the Plymouth Creek trail from the parking lot. Go past the Plymouth mountain trails and then past the Red Mesa Trail. Continue all the way to the top. After resting your lungs for a few minutes, ride the Red Mesa loop clockwise. Connect back up with the Plymouth Creek Trail and continue to the Plymouth Mountain trail. Ride it counter clockwise. Connect back to the Plmouth Creek trail and head back to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Lair O' the Bear

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 09, 2008]
Kyle10bike
Downhiller

Great begining climb if you like rough riding. Shortly after the bridge comes the wall, which is the hardest part to climb but is also one of the easyest and the most fun part to decend. Not too much father there are two great loops. Off of the loops there are a few hikers only trails, a few look outs, and a few pirate trails.

Customer Service

Ride up Plymouth Creek Trail, ride Plymouth Mountain Trail clockwise, then ride Red Mesa clockwise, then ride back down plymouth Creek Trail. Also you can ride both the bootleg trails coming off of Red Mesa (better than any trails in the park).

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If you ride Red Mesa clockwise the first pirate trail you will reach is called Beggers Canyon (Gnarly singletrack with lots of dangerous rock sections and a few log jumps, the trail spits out on highgrade road(search for "Beggers Canyon Trail Colorado" on youtube to fide footage)). If you keep going on Red Mesa the next pirate trail is called No Name Trail (this trail is very fast kinda wide open with lots of loose rock and some gnarly rut sections, the trail spites out on Deek Creek Canyon Road (seach for "No Name Trail" on youtube to find footage)).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 01, 2008]
wahunt82
Weekend Warrior

So, I just started biking this season. I'm in fairly good shape and this trail is 30mins from my apt., so I thought I'd try it out. The first trip was embarrassing, as the Plymouth Creek Trail is fairly steepy, rocky and technical. This is definitely not for beginners. I've since done a little more training and have returned twice with much better results. Of course, I walk the stairs section both ways, and maybe a couple of other short hikes here and there, but for the most part, the climb is doable, provided you're in good condition. Red Mesa loop is a lot of fun, I'd recommend taking a left off of Plymouth on to Red Mesa, as this seems to be the preferred direction for bikers. The scenery and views are beautiful. The only knock on this place is that it is BUSY on weekends. I'm not the type that has to have the trail to myself, but one thing I hate is that, being a beginner, I need to really be focused coming down the technical sections, and often you're in the middle of a rocky, technical pass and you have to yield to uphill traffic.

Customer Service

Up Plymouth Creek to Red Mesa (clockwise) and back down. I usually don't have the energy to do Plymouth Mountain afterwards, but I think a lot of bikers hit that up after Red Mesa.

Similar Products Used:

Apex, Mt. Falcon

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 23, 2008]
ger0nim0
Downhiller

Wow, the climb on this trail really kicks your ass, but after that it is very rewarding. Here's a tip that your gonna want to remember: Either do red mesa first and then plymouth mtn or just plymouth mtn and come back down. When you do Plymouth mountain make sure you go clockwise. This is so you can get the best downhill run coming back down the mtn. It would not be fun to climb up this section (counterclockwise on plymouth). On the way down it starts out smooth and steep with natural minirature jumps going across the trail that you can sail off a bit. It can be extremely fast coming down if you let it rip, so make sure it is not very crowded and slow down before blind turns.

I suffered up this trail on my 40lb bighit, but the ride back down made it soooo worth it.

Beautiful views too.

Watch out for the wildlife.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 31, 2008]
ffr3064k
Weekend Warrior

This trail has changed in the 7 plus years since I rode it last. It has gotten more technical since lets say 2000. The bottom section all the way past the bridge is far more technical than it used to be. The stairs have been added just past the bridge. This section has always been a tough climb and now with the stairs it is perfect for hike a bike. Once past this section the trail, the climb becomes more bearable and has not changed from earlier in the millenium. There are great views from the top. The downhill provides a great ride and the technical sections are passable but challenging. A full suspension bike doesn't hurt either.

Customer Service

plymouth up to red mesa loop. Red mesa loop clockwise. If you have enough time, do plymouth up to the top, loop back down and then do red mesa loop before coming back down.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 28, 2008]
gbuckmelter
Weekend Warrior

This is a very technical trail but once you pass the bridge it opens up into some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. We saw wildlife from deer to a coyote and even a black bear. Go early on weekends as there is alot of traffic. Even if you are an intermediate riding it is worth the pain and hiking to see the top.

Customer Service

Plymouth all the way to the top and loop back around.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 19, 2008]
mtn_climber1
Weekend Warrior

This was my first time riding this trail, but for a guy getting back into the sport, this was a great workout. I rode 4-19-08 & there was alot of snow. I enjoyed yo-yo'ing "The wall". Going down gave me a chance to work on my technical skills & I could walk up the stairs to make it down clean. My uphill skills aren't the greatest, so I had to do a lot of hike'a'bike, but there were plently of sections to work on thoes uphill & downhill skills. The ride up Plymouth Creek was a bit though, but once I reached the Junction to the Red Mesa loop, the trail up became a lot easier. The ride around the loop had snow but was very enjoyable. I made my way back down the loop to the junction & made my way up the Plymouth Mountain Trail & to the top of the Scenic View. Made my way down some switch backs & ended up on the Plymouth Creek trail. Had a great descent, through the snow, back to the parking lot. Wet, Cold, Fun!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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