Mule Deer to Elk Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Mule Deer to Elk Trail is a 9.8 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
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1968 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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2 months ago

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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backpacking
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hiking
8 months ago

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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10 months ago

hiking
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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Monday, August 15, 2016

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

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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.