Deer Creek Canyon

Littleton, Colorado 80129

Deer Creek Canyon

Deer Creek Canyon Professional Guide

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"Don’t be surprised if during sunny summer weekends you see more bikes than cars in Deer Creek Canyon, arguably the most popular cycling route in south metro Denver.

This hilly, 34.1-mile route on quiet mountain roads is a diverse a?air, with tough sustained climbing, swoopy fun descents, smooth pavement, great views, and one of the best cyclist rest stops in the state (more on that in a minute)."

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Road Biking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"A Front Range classic in a small package, this loop into the first stand of mountains southwest of Denver is strenuous, popular, and gorgeous. Terrain: The primary feature of this ride is a long, moderate-to-difficult climb. This is followed by rolling terrain and a long descent interrupted by a sharp half-mile climb. Traffic and hazards: Deer Creek Canyon is a well-used route for commuters in a god-awful hurry to get home. Avoid rush hours, if possible. But this is a very popular bike route with generally good-natured motorists and ordinary surface hazards (ordinary except for the occasional rattlesnake at the bottom of Deer Creek Canyon)." Read more
Road Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"Enjoy one of the most popular climbs in the state, possibly the world. Then loop back via a nifty route through the mountain suburbs. Most cyclists approach the Deer Creek Canyon ride the same way—in a car from a home somewhere in the Denver metro area. So, as this is an extremely popular ride, there are a lot of cars and trucks belonging to bicyclists parked around the bottom of this canyon. It should be noted that you don’t have to drive to Deer Creek, which begins just south of C-470 and Wadsworth. The start is actually very well placed near the area’s bike-path network, which means you could pedal there all the way from downtown Denver without crossing more than a few roads and make one heck of an epic ride." Read more

Deer Creek Canyon Reviews

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I ride this route every couple of weeks just to get "aired-out." I'm inclined to take the left-hand turn at the little (sort of) town of Phillipsburg and go up the switchbacks to Conifer as I think it's more challenging. When you get to the Pleasant Park Grange building - also previously used as a school house, you're at the top. The owners of the building have coolers full of iced-down water and sports drink as well as some picnic tables and a Porta-John located there for us cyclists - so it's a nice place to take a break. They also have a money depository for donations - be sure to leave them something for whatever you take. It's how they pay for much of the maintenance on their building... After reaching the Grange, you can continue to Conifer via several routes and go on down to Deer Creek / Tiny Town - or you can cut across to Evergreen and go down Turkey Creek. Or you can just turn around and coast back down to Phillipsburg and beyond. If you elect to coast back down, most of the way is on the exposed (guardrail) side of the road, there are a few rough spots - and quite a few spots that accumulate gravel, so keep an eye out, be careful, and keep the speed down to whatever you can control...
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My first mountain climb and it was indeed challenging but well worth the effort. Guess I'll be using this to get ready for the summer climbs in the ski areas.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,212 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-4 hours
Riding Time
Early spring to late fall

Activity Feed

Dec 2018