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Meadowlark, Red Mesa, Plymouth Creek and Mountain Loop

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Deer Creek Canyon Park

Meadowlark, Red Mesa, Plymouth Creek and Mountain Loop is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Indian Hills, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.1 mi Elevation gain 2,037 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Getting There

This trail is intermediate in difficulty with one advanced technical section (beware of the stairs).

Directions: Take I-70 West to C-470 East. Take the Wadsworth Boulevard exit. Turn right off of the exit and then turn right at the first light, Deer Creek Canyon road. Go about 2 miles to a stop sign, turn left and continue past the South Valley park trail head. In less than a mile from the South Valley park trail head, turn left onto Grizzly Drive. This will lead you to the obvious parking lot on your right.

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Recordings (293)
Completed (905)
Elizabeth Whitmore
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HikingRocky

Did the Meadowlark to Plymouth trail. Quick elevation gain. Beautiful views of downtown Denver. Saw a bear heading into the canyon. A nice amount of shade. Trail is very rocky. Lots of wildflowers.

Scott Trotter
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Hiking

Solid trail. Not difficult but good for distance training.

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Jackie Tuguldur
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail

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Mark Simpson
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Hiking

Had a hard time finding the 10mi loop. The map on site says it is 13.1 loop. Took another route twice. 2.7 mi loop twice. Amazing views friendly people. Moderate to heavy traffic. Can’t wait to come back.

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Nique Caler
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Hiking

Can make it a long hike or a short one. Extremely easy path to follow, lots of foot traffic on a nice day!

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Nick S.
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Hiking

good trail, steep start. it was mostly/foggy today so no good views at top. Mesa loop is narrow and had a lot of trail bikers. overall good hike. it is longer than 10 miles, closer to 11.

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becca venable
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Hiking

awesome long hike! was thankful it was cloudy, as there were many open parts of the hike. overall, diverse views and terrain! parking was easy, not too crowded at all.

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Michael Claire
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Hiking

Great hike. Mixture of terrains. Not overly crowded. I recommend.

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Jay Fenik
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Running

Great pitch most of the way. Saw lots of runners (more than hikers) on this trail. Starts in dry red rocks, meadows, pines. Great diversity of terrain

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Destini Elise
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Fun loops. Definitely over 10mi though. Didn't need spikes. Saw some deer

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Kurt Kaufman
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Cat T
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HikingMuddyRocky

Hiked this 4/11/20 and the trail is starting to see signs of life returning! Budding trees, wildflowers, ferns, moss, and lots of snow-melt. The scenic overlook at the top of Plymouth Mtn is beautiful! The trail is mostly dry and rocky on lower portions with some packed snow and mud on the mid sections. It gets dry again once you reach the upper portion. Pretty crowded on the lower sections as well but gets a bit more sparse as you get towards the top. Beautiful hike the whole way with dynamic scenery. Coniferous trees, amazing views both East and west, several miles along Plymouth creek, and some great rock formations to climb!

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Ellie Roshak
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HikingIcy
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Conor Oliver
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Hiking

Meadow lark loop was ok took a while to get to through some populated area then overlooked ranges and plains pretty pretty

Zaina Jenkins
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HikingMuddySnow

Current Conditions: As of 3/24/20 the first loop is extremely muddy and also contains snow and ice (on the Plymouth side). We only hiked the first loop instead of going further because of the mud and snow conditions. Otherwise, this is a great hiking trail.

Sarah Pariseau
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Nathan Sarasohn
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RunningIcyMuddy
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Kirk Morris
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HikingSnow

Icey, icey, icey...

Pat Lyons
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

We did about 10 miles, including the Mesa loop and the two summits. Beautiful views of the Denver metro area and surrounding mountains. Definitely icy this weekend in spots, we managed without poles and in normal hiking boots, but slipped here and there. Great hike, will do again.

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