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

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hiking
3 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.