Blue Grouse to Mule Deer Trail Loop

MODERATE 28 reviews

Blue Grouse to Mule Deer Trail Loop is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,814 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 months ago

As someone already mentioned, you see a bit of everything from open fields, to pine forest to aspen groves. Parts of it were beautiful. There are several road crossings and parking lots that are not exactly scenic and you can hear traffic for a significant portion of the hike. The trail markers were confusing and it was difficult to figure out if we were on the right path at times. We started on Blue Grouse trail, then got on Mule Deer trail. In our attempt to follow our GPS on the Alltrails app we somehow ended up on a service road for a mile or two that was not part of the intended hike. We did not see a sign for "Elk" trail until the last 1.5 mile or so of the hike, which was also confusing since Elk Trail appears to have been erroneously included in the name on AllTrails. We essentially just did Blue Grouse Trail to Mule Deer Loop/Racoon Trail and abandoned the Alltrails map after we became lost on the service road.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

This trail has a little of everything, forest, meadow, some historical signs to read, great views at top. Trail is pretty smooth most of the way. My favorite so far

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

We hiked this 12/30/16. There wasn't too much snow, mostly icy areas. We went from the Kriley Pond TH all the way to Panorama point. We ended up hiking on Mtn Base Rd for a bit, to avoid the snow and move a bit faster. It was a beautiful afternoon to hike. It was 8.5 miles round trip. We went out and back on Mule Deer/Mtn Base Road.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Scenery and difficulty were ideal for new hikers wanting a break from the city yet still seeking a challenge. Heavy foliage provides ideal cover in the heat of the day; wildlife interspersed throughout. Downside: jumping out of the way for mountain bikers. Can't hate; just keep your head up

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Friday, February 19, 2016

You can start at the trailhead, or you can start below Kriley Pond just off Golden Gate Canyon Road. The Pond is frozen solid in the winter and fun to walk on. About a mile into mule deer, there's a good vista looking North (I think). Another half mile and you come to Frazer's Meadow, the site of an old burnt-down cabin. trail is well-maintained, and fine for older kids.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

recorded Mule Deer to Elk Trail

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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