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Deer Creek



7.3 mile 11.7 kilometer loop
87% Runnable


Ascent: 1,275' 389 m
Descent: -1,280' -390 m
High: 7,186' 2,190 m
Low: 6,101' 1,860 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by Kevin Holleman

My favorite local run. Great views with lots of shade. You have short and long run options.

Kevin Holleman

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This route features a great warm-up to the foot bridge. Then a challenging "Wall" with optional steps. The trail levels off to a steady uphill to be rewarded with a steady downhill.

Runner Notes

Watch out for Rattlesnakes. Do your best to maintain your pace up the steep "wall" section.


The trail is well marked. Mountain bikes are not allowed on the first part of this trail to the bridge (1.5-miles). To the bridge and back is great for beginners. Shortly after, you'll come to a very steep "wall" section of trail. After the "wall" continue uphill until you see a right hand turn off (2.1-miles). It will steepen a bit before it levels off again to a steady slope. After a 90-degree bend, watch out for the 180-degree turnoff (2.27-miles).

This is the relaxing part of the trail for about a mile. Watch for the chicken looking birds. Stay right at the next intersection and the steady downhill will begin shortly. Watch your footing because the views become spectacular. Continue the steady downhill, watching and listening for Rattlers. The trail eventually meets back up near the steep section (4.94-miles). Make you way back to the footbridge and across. At this point, you're home-free, wishing the trail could go on forever.

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Aug 6, 2019
Logan Haak
Meadowlark to Plymouth Creek - AMAZING 2.8mi — 0h 48m
Jul 21, 2019
Meera Fickling
Double backed on some sections to make it 10 miles. Gorgeous trail with relatively plentiful shade! Trail was dry as of 7/21. 10.3mi — 2h 03m
Jul 2, 2019
Eric Stanfield
Trail is in great shape. Most of it is moderate, albeit a healthy amount of climbing, but there are extremely rough sections I had to walk through. 10mi
Jun 6, 2019
Aaron Stamper
It goes up and up and up 9.8mi — 1h 59m
May 15, 2019
Marshall Yale
May 5, 2019
Logan Shaver
Dec 9, 2018
Patricia Prater
icy at the bottom of Plymouth Trail 4.5mi
Oct 13, 2018
Jason White
Dry, good, a little busy on warm day before snowstorm. 4.5mi

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 44 votes


  4.4 from 44 votes
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Looking back toward the city as you ascend the trial into the mountains.
May 22, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
The start of the trail - beautiful foothills
May 25, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
View of downtown and Deer Creek Canyon
May 25, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
The Wall
Aug 6, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
The start of the Plymouth Mtn Trial. It's well worth the lung buster to get up here!
May 22, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO
The bulk of this trail follows the creekside.
May 25, 2015 near Ken Caryl, CO


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