Mule Deer, Coyote, and Elk Trails is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Black Hawk, CO and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.
This is a gorgeous state park. I would rate the trails as easy, the coyote trail has a bit of steep rock hiking, but it is accessible for anyone able-bodied.
We got there a bit before 9 am on a Saturday and it wasn't too crowded...though on our way out around 1:30 the entrance and parking lots were packed.
Went on Oct 1, 2016 and the colors were perfect.
Great track. Started at Bootleg Bottom and took Coyote trail up to Frazer Meadow. Coyote is steep with a short rocky area that is close to scrambling. Arriving at Frazer Meadow makes the climb worthwhile. Beautiful mountain meadow with tons of wildflowers and very few people. Descended Mule Deer trail to Ole Barn Knoll and couldn't find the continuation of Mule Deer so hiked the road back to Bootleg Bottom. Total 5.65 miles. Great workout.
Beautiful hike! We look forward to returning in the summer. The mountain base road is closed, so we had 15-20 minutes added to the drive.
Beautiful trail and saw an Elk cross the path!
Started above Kriley Pond and took Blue Grouse to Mule Deer. Once you cross the road the first time, the trail is actually still called Mule Deer, not Elk as it shows on the All Trails map. Made it to the trailhead of Coyote only to learn that Coyote is rated as Super difficult with very steep terrain and some boulder climbing. I was bummed, as I relied on All Trails to be accurate with their levels. I had to turn around and go back the way I came. The views were beautiful and the Aspen trees were so colorful, but I was always in earshot of traffic noise.
Good family hike. our 11 and 8 year old handled it well. started out above Kriley pond on the Blue Grouse trail then took the Mule Deer trail. beautiful foliage along the way and great views. Went just past the intersection to go towards the Black Breast trail. definitely want to check out that trail next.
We went Saturday morning about 8am and no one was around. The views are breath taking. We started out on Raccoon trail and ended up on Mule so I am not exactly sure which one we finished on but they were beautiful. You will have the perfect view of the foothills. Tree coverage all around, the trail is a bit steep an rocky headed back up. You can see the natural damage path from rock slides and flooding. Best of all was how peaceful it was and the scenery was something you really don't want to miss.
This trail is in the Golden Gate State Park area, not exactly where the coordinates show up in the map view on Alltrails. We parked above Kriley Pond and started on the Blue Grouse trailhead and hiked upward through Frazer Meadows. We made the return on the West side using the Elk trail. The trail is well marked and maintained. It can get a bit confusing when the name of the trail changes depending on which portion of the loop you are on.
The day of our hike was a few days after there had been some flash flooding due to a monsoonal weather pattern over the State. There were some places on the trial where there was some serious erosion from recent heavy down pours. We ultimately did not use the Coyote Trail portion but made the loop using the Mule Deer, a short portion of the Raccoon trail and the Elk trail. Not sure what the total distance was.