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tough hike. great views at top. not many views on way up. nice aspen meadow. great exercise. only do this hike if you are in pretty good shape

Nice laid out trail. Not technical but parts that are exposed are warm.

hiking
3 days ago

Grew up hiking these hills. Would suggest early morning or evening jaunts to avoid the heat. It can still get very warm here even though you are in the mountains.

Great parking at trail head. Good hike with views.

This review really goes for all of the trails that start at Deer Creek Canyon. I'll echo someone else who said this is a good late start trail, it's my go-to "hangover hike" ;) There are lots of options if you get going and decide you don't have it today or if you want to add on some extra distance. Today I did Plymouth Creek to Plymouth Mountain to the Homesteader trail and I had lots of shade and solitude on PM and Homesteader. I think I was the only person on Homesteader actually, which is pretty bonkers for a trail this close Denver on a Saturday!

PM and Meadowlark both offer great views of the red rocks range and PM has a stunning view of the city framed with trees. It's also a very moderate trail so it's great for dogs and visitors.

Went early August, late morning. Plenty of parking in two lots - only saw a few people on the trail. Trails are well marked. I took West Ridge Trail to Bear Creek Trail to Bear Creek Cutoff. Was a lovely mix of forest and meadow - lots of beautiful flowers! Saw a stag, two does, and three fawns, as well as lots of birds and smaller critters. West Ridge Trail starts fairly steep, but evens out after half a mile or so. Bear Creek is shared with bikers, but wide enough it's not a problem. You'll hear air and road traffic, especially on the last portion of West Ridge, as it run parallel with Meyers Gulch Road. Had a lovely hike!

hiking
12 days ago

The perfect acclimation hike. The hike itself is at high elevation, but generally flat the whole way so you can become comfortable moving around at high elevation. We loved all he different historic sites from the boom town up there. You could step off the trail and wander through old wooden house frames and find metal cans, rings from barrels, bricks, etc. We also did the little side loop towards the end around mile 5. The way out was nice, but the way back was essentially non-existent. You could either walk out to the end of the rail line there and then turn back, or just be ready for a bit of bushwhacking.

Nice little hike on my lunch break. I would recommend it. Love the blue seat at the top.

First off, I'm a flat-lander from Iowa. and I'm a solid hiker with a lot of miles behind me, and this trail is tough. My son and I tackled it today and it is tough. The view is spectacular! but the hike is tough. but well worth the effort.

hiking
18 days ago

the trail was pretty easy the whole way. beautiful view from the top of the tunnel. went around 12 and saw maybe 10 people the whole time. definitely recommend giving this hike a go

hiking
21 days ago

Definitely rated correctly as HARD. Don’t bring your little kids up here... for them it’s gonna be a day of scrapes, bandages, and tears — and that’s if it’s a good day. Trail tip: about half way up, when it’s getting gnarly and steep and slippery, every fork in the road where you have a question Do I go right or left?... stay LEFT. You’re welcome for that tip. When the going gets brutal, you want to be following the stream.
Total round trip time for us was 4 hours.
And: bring your trekking poles, your boots with the most rugged tread on them, and biking gloves for the scramble downhill.

hiking
25 days ago

An extreme blast. I had so much fun. I’m 49 and went with my 17 y/o daughter. She kicked my butt!!! It was definitely hard and challenging for me but very beautiful and enjoyable. Lots of boulders. But I won’t say anymore about the trail so I don’t spoil the excitement for others. The view at the top was breathtaking. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. Blessed.

hiking
28 days ago

Easy trail, great views, somewhat crowded. Stop at the tunnel and eat lunch. maybe fish Hangerman Lake. More noise than expected from the pass road.

Amazing trail! I really enjoyed it. It definitely is a challenge and very steep but it’s not miserable coming down! I highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Very awesome trail, but, as others have said, also extremely challenging. This is not a trail for beginners!! It took me, an acclimated & active 21 year old, two hours of pretty intense climbing to get to the top. The view is absolutely worth it! There were parts where I had to slide down on my butt when descending. It gets very slick in some spots, so I highly suggest hiking poles! There were also parts where I had to carry my dog up/down due to the steepness. As always, watch for bears & mountain lions! A fellow hiker told us he was about 20 yards away from a massive black bear on the trail the same time we were there. It’s really easy to get off trail, too. Keep left & look for blue/brown marks for reassurance. There aren’t many marks, but there were enough for us to know we were still on the trail.

This is an amazing hike!! Views from the top are beautiful. If you bring your dogs please be aware it is difficult for them, as far as steep and rocky!

Fantastic vistas

hiking
1 month ago

Will get your heart pumping. Great views from the top

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike with good variety. Good mix of soft pine-needle trails, granite boulders, and gravel near the top. I suggest driving past the "Authorized vehicles only" sign and park at the parking lot a couple hundred yards above that. Make sure you don't make the mistake I did the first time I attempted this and head to the left of the fork toward the VERY STEEP trail going elsewhere. If you don't see a large MAP on a sign board near the beginning of the hike you're on the wrong trail. The GPS map on this app is right on, so just check your progress along the way. Nice stream along most of the trail. The Aspen grove near the top is great. The last 15% of the hike is challenging, and slippery on the way down on account of the loss gravel. Fine for kids (i took two 9 year olds and a 16 year old). Took us 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down. Top was 9,362 according to my altimeter.

The initial ascent is a little strenuous if you're not used to the elevation. But it pretty quickly evens out and the rest of the loop is either flat or downhill. Great little park, wasn't terribly busy, but I could hear traffic from a nearby road for a good portion of the hike. Still, would recommend as a starter hike for anyone who isn't acclimated to hiking in higher elevations.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Very easy to follow, even for newer/less-experienced hikers. Our dogs had a BLAST! Very few other people, which was GREAT. The drive all the way up to the trail head is 'fun, - be prepared for 15-20 minutes of dirt road to get there. We took our time and had an enjoyable 3.5-hour full-loop hike. It's beautiful!

You get a piece of all the lovely things about Colorado within this trail. Overall the hike was very easy with nicely defined trails and trail markers. You get to experience a little bit of the high altitude without killing yourself (if you come from out-of-state). The view from the tunnel is absolutely gorgeous! You can see the small lake with traces of an old mining town! There are 3 or 4 information boards throughout the hike which delivers a welcomed history lesson of the area you are hiking. I would definitely hike again! 4/5 stars because I wish the hike itself was a little longer.

This is a very difficult trail. It’s was more challenging coming down than going up. On our way down, it began to rain and I slipped and fractured my arm and dislocated my wrist. Hiking poles would be helpful.

Challenging hike. Out of shape should delay till ready

hiking
1 month ago

A huge variety of terrain. Boulders were fun, but the gravel parts were very slippery (worse on the way down). Took my group of 12yo, 46yo and 46 yo two hours to get to top. Great views.

I agree that the blue markers are missing. They need to be marked again.

Easy trail. The elevation gain is at the beginning of the trail and goes gradual and a little push up to the tunnel entrance.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Not a lot of traffic. Hike is at high elevation but not a ton of incline, so perfect for friends from out of town.

1 month ago

Great place to get away from the hoards of people at turquoise lake and other fun areas.

Nice little hike. Easy to do with kids. Go early. Heavily shared with mountain bikes so you'll have to stop and move a lot - pay attention. Very close to Denver and pretty flowers. Riverside for picnic at trailhead.

Make sure to take the time go to the scenic outlook. It is worth the extra hike. The trail is rocky in many places so take your time coming down the trail.

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