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Mule Deer and Coyote Trail Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

90%

Runnable

9,437' 2,876 m

High

8,592' 2,619 m

Low

871' 266 m

Up

839' 256 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

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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  4.4 from 21 votes

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  4.4 from 21 votes
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Near the end you'll be rewarded with a great view of the ridge you climbed at the beginning.
Sep 17, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
Fantastic mountain views on the Mule Deer Trail
Jun 24, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
The last stretch to Bootleg Bottom Parking
Jun 27, 2020 near Central…, CO
Mule Deer Trail
May 21, 2018 near Central…, CO
Flat singletrack
Apr 4, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO
The start of the Coyote scramble. It's steep; make sure everyone in your party is okay with this kind of climb.
Sep 17, 2018 near Coal Creek, CO

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Aug 27, 2022
Josh M
Sep 19, 2021
Emily Morris
1.5 or 1.75 hours time
Aug 29, 2021
Sarah Eby
5.7mi — 1h 30m
Jul 10, 2021
Josh M
Feb 22, 2020
Matt H
We went snowshoeing here during a snow storm. Not sure how the views are but there was good solitude and some good views.
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