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Mule Deer Loop

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Central Front Range, Colorado

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Mule Deer Loop

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  • Cruising up the Blue Grouse Trail.- Mule Deer Loop
  • A few switchbacks on the way up.- Mule Deer Loop
  • Rocks filled with mica litter the trail.- Mule Deer Loop
  • A great view at the rest stop.- Mule Deer Loop
  • Descending on the Mule Deer Loop.- Mule Deer Loop
  • The backside of the Mule Deer Trail.- Mule Deer Loop
  • The ruins at Frazier Meadow.- Mule Deer Loop
  • Amazing construction on this 19th-century barn.- Mule Deer Loop
  • A natural spring at a trail junction.- Mule Deer Loop
  • Wildflowers flank the trail.- Mule Deer Loop
  • Beautiful views from the meadows.- Mule Deer Loop
  • Racing down the trail.- Mule Deer Loop
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Mule Deer Loop
  • Trails are smooth and fast on the way down.- Mule Deer Loop
  • Bridge over the creek.- Mule Deer Loop
  • More ruins toward the end of the loop.- Mule Deer Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
A trail that is never crowded. Chance to see big game on the loop. Camping, fishing, rock climbing, and other activities are supported.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Central Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,755.00 ft (534.92 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
11.25 mi (18.11 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,350.00 ft (2,545.08 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Mule Deer Trail at Golden Gate State Park is an excellent ride to get away from the crowds and be by yourself. This park sees a fair amount of travel on the main roads and at campgrounds, but the outer-loop trails are virtually untouched. Be sure to bring your pump and plenty of water as you might not see anyone the entire time you're out. Golden Gate State Park also features fishing, backcountry camping, horseback riding, natural springs, historic landmarks, and much more.

Start from the parking lot with a short but stout climb up the Blue Grouse Trail to the connection with the Mule Deer Trail. From there you'll grunt and pedal your way upward through the pine forest over the sometimes rocky trail to the summit. On the way up there are great places to rest and take in scenic landmarks from homesteaders from the past. Stop to read the signs, see the buildings, and think of the plight of the farmers and miners that lived and died here over a century ago.

Prepare to be blessed as you skim down the other side at top speed; it’s a flurry of fun descents and rocky routes.  
 

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