Deer Creek Canyon

4.28 out of 5
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↑ 2,100 ft
↓ 2,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The main trail follows a small river, up to the top. However, there are a lot of cutoff trails, and it's hard to get them all in on one day. Downhill is kind of rocky, so it's a bit tiring. The trail is very rocky and is difficult to climb, must be very strong mountain biker to make it all the way up without having to walk/cary bike a lot. The trail is washed out and eroded. Have fun!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: I'm coming up from Texas any wild life out there -Patrick Alva

A: Yes, there's plenty of wild life

Greg Heil answered on May 23, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: Is there a lot of traffic on this trail? Specifically foot traffic? -ctopher14

A: There is a lot of foot and bike traffic. Jefferson County Open space is trying to address this. I hope they put some 1 way traffic on the loops at the top. If you are going to ride this on a weekend i recommend getting an early start. I rode i 2 Sat ago and was off the mounting around 9:00 and it was getting busier.

nbh33 answered on September 4, 2015. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (51)


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: Beautiful trail, but pretty strenuous for a fat guy like me. Fun heading down though. :)

Granny Gear

March 8, 2016
Review: Starts out dry but very icy and muddy at climb

Granny Gear

September 2, 2015
mtnchemist Granny Gear  
Review: Trail is pretty washed out, those rocks are serious! Fun riding but man the climbs in a lot of areas are just simply not ridable due to the rocks everywhere. Everyone has their own opinion though.....

Bunny Hop

August 5, 2015
BHallinCO Bunny Hop  
Review: Along with White Ranch, this is probably one of the best technical Front Range trails. Great technical climbing to test your lungs, legs and skills. The infamous "wall" is really not that bad...pick your line and it's doable for sure going down. The Figure 8 up top (Red Mesa and Plymouth Mtn) give you some flowy fun singletrack. I recommend doing Red Mesa clockwise and doing Plymouth Mtn counter clockwise. Best time for this trail is during the week. Summer weekends can be crowded for sure due to proximity to Denver.

Similar Trail: White Rance

Bunny Hop

May 18, 2015
Review: Good ride today, but the spring run-off has definitely done some damage to the trail! I'm sure Jeffco will get a crew in there soon, but in the mean time watch out for a couple sections above the steps that are really soft and crumbly.

This is always a great ride

Bunny Hop

February 3, 2015
kaseytea Bunny Hop  
Review: It is a typical front range lung buster on the way up. Huge water bars to power over. Great scenery to keep your mind off the burn though. Downhill was worth the effort, but chickened out attempting the wall. Great afterwork workout.

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October 25, 2014
jkey6 Gnarly  
Review: This is one of the more difficult trails on the front range simply because Plymouth Creek Trail is so steep and loose. I wouldn't necessarily say it is super technical because most of the trail is 5 ft wide and there aren't many crazy features other than "The Wall" but it is extremely difficult to keep traction on the loose rock during the steep climb. The top loops, Red Mesa and Plymouth Mtn are nice because you can get into a nice flow that Plymouth Creek does not provide. Ride close to sunset/sunrise to avoid trail traffic.


October 1, 2014
Gawin Trailblazer  
Review: Rented a bike while out on business and so glad I did this trail. I am not used to the altitude, but was able to clear everything except the wall going up. Lots of hikers but they were very "understanding" and cheering me on the way up. Great views on the top. Very fun downhill and didn't encounter many hikers on the way down. Can't wait to visit and ride this trail again.

Granny Gear

April 9, 2014
potson62 Granny Gear  
Review: Today was my first time riding deer creek and the legend definitely proved itself to be true so I will stick to current conditions. From The bottom section of Plymouth until the first fork (maybe a quarter mile past "the wall") is still about 50 percent covered in packed snow and ice. I made a right at the first fork and it cleared up to only intermittent patches of snow after that. Red Mesa loop was phenomenal and barely had any ice. If you do this ride in the next couple of weeks remember to press through the snow and it will clear up for you. Great, difficult, technical ride


October 25, 2013
Mac10Matt Gramcounter  
Review: I would echo most other reviews on this trail. The 'Advanced' section of Plymouth Mtn Trail (the MTB portion of the park) is the climb up (the base of the lollipop that this trail forms) while the other parts are more Intermediate. The 'wall' is a hike-a-bike up (I'm sure there's a guy out there that can do it), but everything else is possible with some good technical climbing skills. The upper loop has some fun and even flowy sections depending on the direction you ride. I recommend riding the top loop of counter-clockwise if you want more downhill, albeit rocky. Clockwise is more rocky climbing and smooth downhill. Use this trail as a good benchmark for fitness and technical climbing ability. Watch for hikers and horseback riders on this trail, especially when you're bombing around corners on that tough climb. You may want to open it up on the downhill, but there are people everywhere on nice days.

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