June 4, 2017
Mule Creek proper is 3.4 mi and ends where it connects with Trail 717F. The bottom 1/2 mi or so of Mule Creek is a mix of fairly flat smooth narrow ST, a few rock gardens and I believe four creek crossings. The creek crossings are quite easy to ride.
Then the rest of Mule Creek above the first 1/2 mi is mostly smooth ST. DH it is quite flowly. Uphill the climb is quite easy compared to the rest of the Pike Peak region, but in some ways that's the secret of Mule Creek. If you don't want to push it, you can enjoy the beauty of the mixed conifer and the charming little Mule Creek and Trout Creek as you progress up the gentle climb.
Then if you continue on on Trail 717A (as shown on the trail map), the gentle climb continues and it is still quite pretty but a little less imo. 717A is a moto trail, is a double wide, and used heavily by motorcycles. There are definitely some fun portion of trail but much of it requires some pedaling to keep any amount of momentum and flow as you ride back down.
Around mile 5 where 717A crosses Mule Creek, there is a nice little 1/4 mile hill up to the power lines. This is a nice climb up and a fun little DH back. Definitely worth doing. There's not much interesting riding after the power lines. Turn around there.
Also at mile 5 where 717A crosses Mule Creek, there is a little ST that goes off to the right of the trail. This trail is closed to motorized vehicles and has some fun riding for about a 1/2 mile. Do an out and back here for some short steep downhills on ST again.