Upper Mule Deer Trail

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Upper Mule Deer Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 501 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

Note: State park pass required for parking.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was beautiful! I hiked it on a Thursday (6/20/2019) with my friend and we only heard a couple mountain bikers go by while we were checking out some rocks; very peaceful! It was a very easy hike and well marked, about 6.8 miles round trip. Lots of aspen trees and interesting and diverse undergrowth (if you’re into plants:)) and a huge, peaceful meadow filled with wildflowers and sage at the end. Planning to bring my non-hiker friends back to get them into it! A heads up for if you don’t have a Colorado State Park pass: there’s an $8 fee to buy a day pass at a self serve station by Kriley Pond before you turn to park at the trailhead.

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2 months ago

Hiked on a weekday and didn't see another person except in the parking area. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. We were unsure of where exactly is ended as it all comes together with other trails so we just kept going beyond what the all trails designates as it's end.

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3 months ago

this was a fun and great for dogs.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

We hiked this trail on 8/7/18. We set off at 9am, no other cars in the parking lot. Beautiful trail through forest and some meadows. The trail is very well marked; however, don’t be fooled at the top. You aren’t at the end until you meet a spot where other trails tie in. Some road sound until you get a bit higher and deeper into the forest. We would stop occasionally just to listen to the quiet. The entire route took 1 hr 47 mins. We plan to return in the fall, as there are many large stands of aspen trees. The only other person we saw was a guy riding his mountain bike back downhill. You can buy the day pass at a self-service place alongside the small lake on Golden Gate Canyon Road as you approach from hwy 93, just before you drive into the park. There is also one of these at the north end of the park.

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Gorgeous day for a hike. No thunderstorm in the forecast, we started out the Mule Deer trail about 4pm after getting the new annual pass at the visitor center. We thought that it was the 3.4 mile out and back trail as said in the description (actually it says "loop trail.") After 1.7 miles, all the sudden the Alltrail map expanded and indicated that the Mule Deer trail would continue further more. And then a family informed us that they would try to go to Frazer Point, which is about 1 mile away. So we decided to go to the Frazer point. The trail was so beautiful thanks to the weather. Cool breeze, vivid green, bright blue sky, aspens, rocky mountains - just perfect. And the story about John Frazer on the post was very interesting as well. There was one continuous ascending point, but before that and after that were relatively flat. Glad to make it to the Frazer Point. How can you make the loop trail connecting three different trails?

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day! Two 9 year old boys, one lazier than the other, hiked bootleg-coyote-mule-barn- bootleg. We started around 10 am, stopped for 2 picnics and ended at 2:45. The Coyote trail was difficult with the vertical gain, but best to do the work upfront and coast on down. We had fun, likely will not return until fall to this trail. The meadows are filed with aspen and that will be gorgeous in October.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

I think there is a couple of trails starting from the trailhead. The trail I followed was the Mule Deer. The trail is very narrow, so it is essential that we the dog owners to adhere the on-leash rule, We needed to head back as the dark clouds were rolling in. As soon as we got back to the car, it started pouring, and the temperature went down to 34 degrees.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

this isn't a loop, there is something wonky about the red line on the map. Also, it seemed like it was longer out and back but not by a whole lot. Those issues aside, it's a beautiful trail. some shade some sun, we started the trail across the street from the parking area, FYI it's a state park so there is a 7 dollar cash only fee if you don't have a pass. it was an easy trail, not many rocks and roots. to see the cabin, go past the boulders at the top of the incline following mule deer trail. the trail continues for quite some time after the cabin, turning around at that point will probably be close to 4 miles total out and back. we did see a lot of other hikers but it was summer, noon on a Saturday. Good mix of evergreen, aspen and wildflowers.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Bursts of vertical climbing separated by stretches of horizontal breaks. Smooth and easier

hiking
Friday, November 11, 2016

pretty trail, gorgeous views at the top. we even got to see wild turkey and some mule deer!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

This is a gorgeous state park. I would rate the trails as easy, the coyote trail has a bit of steep rock hiking, but it is accessible for anyone able-bodied. We got there a bit before 9 am on a Saturday and it wasn't too crowded...though on our way out around 1:30 the entrance and parking lots were packed. Went on Oct 1, 2016 and the colors were perfect.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Great track. Started at Bootleg Bottom and took Coyote trail up to Frazer Meadow. Coyote is steep with a short rocky area that is close to scrambling. Arriving at Frazer Meadow makes the climb worthwhile. Beautiful mountain meadow with tons of wildflowers and very few people. Descended Mule Deer trail to Ole Barn Knoll and couldn't find the continuation of Mule Deer so hiked the road back to Bootleg Bottom. Total 5.65 miles. Great workout.

snowshoeing
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Beautiful hike! We look forward to returning in the summer. The mountain base road is closed, so we had 15-20 minutes added to the drive.

hiking
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Beautiful trail and saw an Elk cross the path!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Started above Kriley Pond and took Blue Grouse to Mule Deer. Once you cross the road the first time, the trail is actually still called Mule Deer, not Elk as it shows on the All Trails map. Made it to the trailhead of Coyote only to learn that Coyote is rated as Super difficult with very steep terrain and some boulder climbing. I was bummed, as I relied on All Trails to be accurate with their levels. I had to turn around and go back the way I came. The views were beautiful and the Aspen trees were so colorful, but I was always in earshot of traffic noise.

hiking
Monday, August 25, 2014

Good family hike. our 11 and 8 year old handled it well. started out above Kriley pond on the Blue Grouse trail then took the Mule Deer trail. beautiful foliage along the way and great views. Went just past the intersection to go towards the Black Breast trail. definitely want to check out that trail next.

hiking
Saturday, August 16, 2014

We went Saturday morning about 8am and no one was around. The views are breath taking. We started out on Raccoon trail and ended up on Mule so I am not exactly sure which one we finished on but they were beautiful. You will have the perfect view of the foothills. Tree coverage all around, the trail is a bit steep an rocky headed back up. You can see the natural damage path from rock slides and flooding. Best of all was how peaceful it was and the scenery was something you really don't want to miss.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2011

This trail is in the Golden Gate State Park area, not exactly where the coordinates show up in the map view on Alltrails. We parked above Kriley Pond and started on the Blue Grouse trailhead and hiked upward through Frazer Meadows. We made the return on the West side using the Elk trail. The trail is well marked and maintained. It can get a bit confusing when the name of the trail changes depending on which portion of the loop you are on. The day of our hike was a few days after there had been some flash flooding due to a monsoonal weather pattern over the State. There were some places on the trial where there was some serious erosion from recent heavy down pours. We ultimately did not use the Coyote Trail portion but made the loop using the Mule Deer, a short portion of the Raccoon trail and the Elk trail. Not sure what the total distance was.

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