Explore the most popular hiking trails in Deer Creek Canyon Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Saw 2 deer, 1 rattle snake and either a bobcat or lynx last night. Be vigilant.

Very pretty hike. Not very hard at all. Note for dog owners - there is no stream or waterfall this time of year. Do not plan on any water for the pets on the trail. Bring plenty for them with this heat. Good hike, good views - nice and close to town.

Hiked this trail in the evening, and we had the whole trail to us. Since it’s so close to the city, this one is totally doable at any time in the day. Took my not-so-athletic dog with us and he had no problems hiking the whole thing. Decent amount of shade throughout the trail that protected us from the rains in the evening. Great views of the city once you reach the Plymouth Mountain trail.

Good long hike, we saw butterflies a lot of meadows and gorgeous views! There were some “where am I” times but when in doubt just walk down hill.

Didn’t have a chance to hike it. Mountain lion reported on trail in the middle of the day!

This hike has little shade on the North side of the trail, so be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen. Very basic hike, however where it meets up with Plymouth Mountain Trail is rocky and uneven, so be sure to take your time if you are walking down that part of the trail.

Loved the trail, nice balance of open park and shaded trails.

Beautiful trail with flowers,views and the right amount of challenge. Get there early on weekends. Many trail runners, bikers and hikers.

Best hike so far, we did the 10 mile loop, intense at times to get your heart rate up, then moderate level to catch the views!

Nice hike close to Denver if you don't have more time to spend hiking. Took my toddler in a backpack and she had a great time seeing all the birds, wildflowers, lizards, and rabbits. Lots of other hikers, mountain bikers, and quite a few trail runners, so be mindful and keep little ones/pets close to make it safe for everyone. Not much shade so go early on hot days. Pretty urban with the last half mile or so almost in the backyards of some homes in the area. Felt longer than 2.5, but didn't track it.

although hot, beautiful and the views were magnificent!

Beautiful hike! Pretty moderate but long. I went Friday at around 11:00 AM and there were times where I was the only person on the trail for miles. The mud has dried up so no need to worry about that, and there are plenty of trails that branch off if you want to visit a new area! Over all a great hike! Clear directions, trail is wide in most areas and easy to follow.

Nice and dry today. Meadowlark trail was in good condition but it looks like the Plymouth Creek trail was used pretty heavily while muddy. I did a run/hike hybrid and really enjoyed this trail. Plenty of beautiful flowers to enjoy on this adventure.

Muddy today! really sloppy in spots. Might take a day or two for it to dry up.

muddy today! pretty sloppy in spots.

Nice hike to start our hiking this year

Very nice hike and great for a cooler day, as there is not too much shade when you're not around the stream. I'm a sucker for a nice water feature, though, and the flowers were blooming like crazy. Very beautiful! It was very busy with other hikers on a Saturday and the Meadowlark portion got quite crowded at points.

Nice trail. Going clockwise around the loop, the first portion was a good climb through shaded hills with a stream running through it. The dog loved it! The end of the trail, the Meadowlark portion, was sunny with a nice overlook at the plains. Saw some deer and a rat snake.

Great steady hike with a reasonable elevation gain and some nice views both into the mountains and towards Denver. The trail has some slightly challenging areas throughout but overall is moderately difficult and a good pick for most hikers. There are trails dedicated to just hiking but some portions do intersect where mountain biking is allowed. We took our dog and there was running water for her to cool off in momentarily. Lots of families on the trails and everyone was extremely friendly. The parking lot was full (Sunday) however there is more than enough space across the park to reduce congestion as you hike; we were by ourselves for more than half of the day.

Perfect hike for beginners! Easily accessible with pretty views!

Beware of crazy dog on leash! It will bite.

Now for the trails. Fantastic views. I’d say the best trail for running would hands down be red Mesa loop. Lots of dogs beware.

This was a nice hike despite the mud/ice/snowpack when we went this weekend. I hiked it with my 3, 6, and 8 year old as well as my dog. I was concerned about the Plymouth portion being too difficult for us due to the black diamond, "most difficult" rating given on the Jeffco map. This was made a little more difficult with the trail being 10% icy, and 70% sticky slippery mud, regardless we all made it just fine albeit dirty and it was not "most difficult." Without the added conditions I would definitely say this is not a difficult trail. It was beautiful and I look forward to hiking it later this season without the added conditions.

The meadowlark section of the trail is very very narrow, single file type trail with a steep cliff on the other side. Trail is also very rocky and uphill the vast majority of the time. When we went today 3/12, we finally got to the Plymouth section was pure ice, we couldn’t even make it down without slipping and had to go out and back through meadowlark again. It was a great hike though, views were great but would be better when the bushes and trees are blooming rather than barren. Excited to try again when it’s a bit less icy.

We've been twice. This past time it was icy, so wear spikes.

Will be a good running trail in the summer!

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