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Mule Deer Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews

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



nature trips




wild flowers


2 days ago

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

9 days ago

Started at the start/end point marked on the default map here and traveled south just a mile or two before turning around and heading back. The leaves were AMAZING. Definitely at peak! I've never lucked out on timing this well! Pretty easy trail if you only do a couple miles of it, haha. Also fairly heavily trafficked by hikers and mountain bikers. Probably not usually that busy when the aspens aren't changing. Also, this is a state park so there's a fee to get in. I believe it was $8/day.

16 days ago

The leaves are beautiful, the trails are pretty easy and well marked, and some of our group saw a bull moose! Great trails!

17 days ago

What a lovely trail! It's long, which makes it a good exercise, but it's not really strenuous. There is some elevation but mostly, it goes through the open meadows and aspen groves. A great hike for Fall to enjoy the colors.

21 days ago

Amazing! Aspen are turning and will be even better early October.

1 month ago

This may be my favorite hike that I’ve ever done in Colorado. It was beautiful open fields, lush pine trees, and plenty of aspen trees. It had it all! While a long 9+ miles, I look forward to doing it again and I try to never repeat hikes! Oh, and the panoramic peak was great, although accessible via car, so a stark difference from the quiet trails. Lots of friendly mountain bikers on the trail!

3 months ago

I ran this with my dog at 8am. Beautiful! Mix of shady forest and sunny meadows. I had trouble finding the path at Panorama Point, and ended up on the Raccoon Trail briefly, which trimmed about .25 a mile off the run, unfortunately. By 9:30am there were lots of mountain bikers (it was a Centennial Cone odd day), but almost all of them were super polite.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Amazing fall colors right now. The prairie side is perfection.

4 months ago

Really nice hike - clear trails and very moderate terrain. Our 14 year old husky had no issues and wasn’t exhausted by the end even with a brisk pace.

5 months ago

I hiked from Bootleg bottom around clockwise and took Coyote back Bootleg, for 7.2 miles. Not much elevation gain but some beautiful views at Panorama Point and from the top of the Coyote trail. I wish I had ascended Coyote (its steep with big rocks) but enjoyed the trail. There was still snow on the trail around Panorama Point on the Mule/Raccoon portion of the trail on May 5th. No traction needed, but I was glad I was wearing waterproof shoes!

6 months ago

8 months ago

Went to Golden Gate originally to snowshoe Raccoon Trail. Raccoon was super packed down so decided to do part of Mule Trail instead which still had good snow cover. Beautiful hike, great views (we left from Panorama Point so we were on Raccoon for parts of it.) Very enjoyable in snowshoes with moderate inclines and declines.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Nice trail, not too crowded!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

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.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

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.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

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.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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