Blue Grouse to Mule Deer Trail Loop

moderate 46 reviews

Blue Grouse to Mule Deer Trail Loop is a 12 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,722 feet Route Type: Loop

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hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Sunday 1/19: Nice easy/moderate trail- started out with patches of ice...micro spikes encouraged, but my friend got around the icy areas fairly well without, just takes longer. Snow pack once up to Mule deer trail made it very easy to walk on trail. We turned around at the homestead and valley. Lots of pups.

1 month ago

Hiked this today. Very well marked trail, snowy&icy. Microspikes is a must. Strava said 11.1 miles with 1687ft of elevation gain.

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

Used my snowshoes, but they were totally overkill--my partner did the hike in just boots. There were just a few inches of fresh snow, and it wasn't icy yet. We did not complete the whole loop, just to the intersection with black bear trail. Great views, and accessible trailhead that did not require 4wd or high clearance to access. It was really pretty with all the fresh snow.

hiking
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Completed this trail with "Blue Grouse and Mule Deer Loop". Beautiful, but the AllTrails map was off. Lost a car remote while I was hiking, if found, please bring it to the visitor center. Thank you! 10/13/2019 #51

hiking
4 months ago

Perfect day and hike for the senses: beautiful golden leafs against blue sky, wind rippling through the aspens and smells of fir and fallen leafs. We started at 9:30am. It was cold (50 degrees) and very windy. Went counter clockwise, opting for the forests first. We jumped off onto service road at one point that was filled with tree debris from a recent fire. Recommend staying on the trail. We hiked to Panorama Point, which is crowded but spectacular and not to be missed. As we made our way back to the trailhead after noon, we were in direct sunlight in the prairie meadows. We passed mountain bikers and a couple of horseback riders. All in, we hiked 11.5 miles and finished at 2:30pm.

Lots of bikers and the trail is really narrow so if you have kiddos or old dogs it may not be the best option.

mountain biking
rocky
6 months ago

Nice trail for a quick ride. Went counter clockwise. The flow through the wild flower meadow was great. Had to check my speed a few times!

hiking
Mon Apr 23 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Jul 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

hiking
Sun Jan 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.

hiking
Tue Sep 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

hiking
Fri Feb 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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