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blue Mule Deer and Coyote Trail Loop

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5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer loop
90% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 871' 266 m
Descent: -839' -256 m
High: 9,437' 2,876 m
Low: 8,592' 2,619 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Sarah E

Enjoy lovely singletrack, lots of aspens, and a steep climb up Coyote Trail on this loop through Golden Gate.

Sarah E

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Overview

While there are many ways to link trails in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, this loop provides some of the best views of the Continental Divide while immersing runners in a sea of aspens.

Description

Beginning at the Ole Barn Knoll parking area, follow the Mule Deer Trail heading north. At the first junction, turn right towards Coyote Trail, following this across the road and the Boot Bottom parking area. Follow the trail up about a mile of rocky switchbacks to a gorgeous westerly view at the top! Continue along Coyote Trail, meeting up with Mule Deer Trail again, all on great dirt/sandy singletrack through aspens and a few small meadows. At about 4.5 miles in, there is an option for the main (lower) Mule Deer Trail or the Mule Deer Trail - Alternate. This loop takes the alternate through slighty rocky terrain, but both lead back to the parking area to complete the loop.

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Nov 7, 2018
Brian Carl
Some snow at higher elevation and on the east side of the mountain but a very scenic run in spots. 7.9mi
Oct 6, 2017
Liz Cohen
6mi
Sep 15, 2017
Lisa Cook
6.2mi
Sep 10, 2017
Rob Pressly

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  4.3 from 13 votes

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