Mule Deer Trail is a 9.6 mile loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,446 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

This was a long hike, but worth it! Started at Panorama Point, Raccoon Trial and continued on to Mule Deer. The first half was mostly meadow, but beautiful. Stopped at the Old Barn picnic area for lunch then crossed the street to continue on Mule Deer. Very easy at first, then some switch backs which makes it moderately difficult. Opens up to some beautiful meadows and the fall colors are beautiful right now. At Frasier meadows you will come to several paths, take the one labeled Coyote and Mule Deer to continue. The next fork was not labeled when we got there. Go LEFT to continue on Mule Deer. Depending on how fast you hike, Panorama Pont is 1.5-2 hours away.

2 months ago

Be ready for a long hike! It was a good hike, lots of different terrain. Some of the signs (I felt) were mis labeled with the distance to go to get somewhere.
The panoramic view was beautiful.

3 months ago

So nice! Beautiful meadows and wildflowers. We did have some difficulty at Panorama View with the trail markings, but it was quite a lovely hike.

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3 months ago

Very nice hike! I started at the Barn Knoll parking lot, crossed the street and started on the trail there. I would rate the trail as easy-moderate. There are two slightly steep areas and the length of the trail gets the moderate rating. The rest is a very gradual incline, down, or flat. Lots of different scenery. I really liked the Frazer Meadow portion of it. At the panoramic overlook, finding the trail again to continue is confusing. Exit the platform to the right and find the raccoon trail and take it left. To the right is a raccoon loop that will add 2.0 miles to your hike. A little ways down after you went left it indicates that you are on the the mule deer trail (and raccoon trail) and on the way back to Barn Knoll parking. This portion of the trail is very single track and surrounded by high grass. It almost seemed more like a horse trail than a hiking trail, but was okay for the 1.5 of it like this.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views! Pretty easy to access and lots of parking at several trail heads. Some parts of the trail aren't well marked and it could use a bit more upkeep.

5 months ago

Listed as moderate but honestly very easy in terms of a wonderfully maintained trail. The only reason to rate is as moderate is because of the length of the loop.

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5 months ago

Nice trail, not too crowded!

6 months ago

Today may have not been the best day to trek the loop. Lots of snow and ice, just slick enough to need bands. Of course we didn’t bring any. Beautiful day though. Frazier valley is nice.

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7 months ago

Hiked Blue Grouse to Mule Deer, up to Frazier Meadow, a bit of Coyote, and then back to Mule Deer TH before going back to Blue Grouse. Beautiful and peaceful. So many trails. Look forward to returning. Just a few icy patches near Frazier Meadow. No need for spikes, just tread carefully in those areas.

8 months ago

Easy to follow trails and not super strenuous. Not much snow overall, but some in spots - no extra traction needed. Walked up to Windy Peak as well. Overall fun hike.

10 months ago

This was great hike with lots of different scenery. Went in November when the weather was unusually warm and didn’t run into many people on the trail.

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11 months ago

Didn’t do the entire trail. But it’s beautiful with a wind variety of terrain. Will go back and do the whole thing.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great hike! Steep in the beginning but worth it. Great tree cover throughout and crossed over some water, so was great to help keep my pup from getting too hot. Got there early ish (7) on a Saturday and parking lot and trail were mostly empty.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Terrific loop. We had our two Golden Retrievers with us. We brought water for them but they also found a few good creeks to get into. Parked at Ole Barn Knoll for the round trip. Interesting, scenic, wonderful wild flowers!

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Nice hike, nothing hard or exciting. Take Mule Dear whole way. Another day I cut across Coyote instead of looping all the way down and actually enjoyed it more. Trail guide from Golden Gate Canyon says it's only a 7.5 mile loop and since it only took me 2 hours today that seems like it could be.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Hiked this Sunday. Parked at Ole Barn Knoll parking lot. It is called Mule Deer the whole way. Steep in the beginning and again one other time. Therefore I fee it is moderate difficulty. There is an overlook deck to look at the continental divide. Advice: to resume on Mule Deer Trail after stopping at the overlook go down in front of the deck to find the trail again. 3 groups were wandering around for 10 minutes trying to find it. Perfect trail with some challenges, lovely rewarding view, and some flat areas.

trail running
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Beautiful! Be aware that it's $7 for a day pass and the visitor center doesn't open until 9 am. I followed signs for Mule Deer Trail the whole way. Cooler temperatures, but I was fine in shorts/tshirts and no snow or wet spots as of mid May!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great hike! Make sure you bring $7 for pay station and are ready to hike close to 10 miles. There are beautiful views near panorama point and it was pretty hot on a mid 70's day. Sunscreen it up! :D enjoy!

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Also called the mule deer trail - great day!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mule deer trail. Great ride!

trail running
Sunday, October 02, 2016

We did a run on this trail yesterday. More people around 11 but it was pretty clear otherwise. Somewhat steep hill up that opens to a beautiful meadow. Lots of leaves already dead and falling. Probably good for colors for just a few more days.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fabulous. My friend (17) and I (17) did this and took us approximately 5 hours to complete. Bring plenty of water as it is long and tiring but beautiful. We parked at Kriley Pond and headed our way up on the Blue Grouse Trail which lasted about a mile and turned onto the Mule Trail the whole way. You do have to pay for a park pass ($7)

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

We did a 6 mile loop, starting at Bootleg parking lot, headed up Coyote Trail which has great views of some 14ers on the way up. Once reaching the top, the trail goes through an easy slope down across a meadow filled with plenty of Aspen. Coyote meets Mule trail - we took a right and looped all the way back to our car. We were a bit early for wildflowers - they will be gorgeous in 2 weeks. Hummingbirds everywhere! They must have just arrived back and were zipping around like crazy, I've never seen so many in one area in my life. This trail is easy and covers a lot of different terrain so gives good variety. Would be great in the fall.

hiking
Monday, November 26, 2012

Golden Gate Canyon State Park may be Denver's best not-very-well-kept secret. Close to town and quite accessible featuring 36 miles of intersecting trails ranging from easy to moderate/difficult (with a tiny bit of scrambling on a couple), it's a great go-to destination for day trips when you want to get away but didn't plan enough in advance for a real trip into the mountains. You can always find something new in Golden Gate Canyon.

Families will appreciate the visitor center and the group of quick intersecting trails including a nature trail around the visitor's center and wildlife viewing. There is good trailrunning on the east, less-trafficked side of the park. Hikers and campers focus on the west and central valleys.

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