Deer Creek Canyon Park

Morrison, Colorado 80465

Deer Creek Canyon Park

Deer Creek Canyon Park Professional Guide

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"This nice hike through the beautiful foothills west of Denver features year-round access, marked trails, early summer wildflowers, and spectacular views from the summit of Plymouth Mountain (7,295 feet)."

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Robert Hurst
"Rugged, rocky, and red. That’s Deer Creek Canyon Park, on the extreme southwest edge of suburban Denver. Tackle one of the toughest climbs on the Front Range to reach a pair of quick loops perched high in the foothills. How do you feel about rattlesnakes? I ask because Deer Creek Canyon is home to a lot of them, and the chance of encountering one of the maraca-tailed land eels while visiting this area could not be described as small. Twice I have come across large rattlers coiled up right in the middle of the trail here—maybe it was the same snake. (Both encounters were in the bottom part of the park, within a few hundred feet of the trailhead kiosk, but many years apart.) And several other times I have seen dead rattlesnakes on the roads in the area, the poor bastards having surrendered to the warm pavement in the morning sun."

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8/6/2018
A pretty hike with some steep inclines and switchbacks but not really hard at all. Lots of other hikers, mountain bikers, and quite a few trail runners. Not much shade and it was HOT. The views of Denver are killer.
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6/9/2012
Great trail. Star early, it could be really hot on a hot day and there are more biker than hiker. You start early less worried about biker. Great hike for distance and elevation that is not far from Denver. Great view all around. Only that this trail doesn't have which would make a pecfect hike is a creek or stream.
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8/7/2010
Have gone here several times to utilize the off-leash dog area across the road then a little on-leash hiking. Have not made it to Bergen Peak, but there are several trails that one can take in this area and it's a nice wooded area for hiking around if you aren't too worried about getting to a location. The off-leash area across the street has a fenced area and then a unfenced area which is also very nice to walk around in with varied terrain and stream at the bottom of the hill if you just want an area to hike a bit with the dog off-leash. There can be a lot of traffic with hikers, bikers, and dogs.
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7/24/2008
This trail can be very busy after work. There are a few technical climbing sections made considerably more challenging by the large number of users on the site. After the climb, the cross country singletrack at the top is short but lots of fun. This is not my favorite trail in the Front Range.
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5/24/2008
I love Bergen...mostly because it's so close to me! I just hiked it for the first time this year, but I've been there 3 times so far...once alone, once with a friend, and once with my husband. Beautiful views all the way up. It's a good "get in hiking shape" for those hoping to do 14ers later in the summer. Also, look out for the chipmunks at the summit...they're beggars! :)
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11/15/2007
Great hike with some nice views. If you get there early there will be fewer hikers, later in the day it gets crowded, with lots of bikers and hikers, didn't see any horses. Total trip time including several view stops and lunch at the summit was about 4 hours.
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9/24/2007
I don't think it's nearly as "strenuous" as the falcon guide makes it sound. It does get pretty crowded on the weekend... but if you live in Denver it's probably the closest summit of its caliber (it's no 14er, but it's big enough to leave you feeling you've accomplished something).
I hiked it on a Monday and encountered ONE person (who was at the summit when I got there).
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8/25/2007
We chose this trail based on reviews on the internet. It was easy to find the parking lot at the base just a couple miles north of Evergreen. The trail is well marked and fairly easy to navigate. On a nice Saturday morning in August, we encountered an equal number of hikers and bikers on the trail along with 3 horses (and their trail droppings). There are many switch-backs as you make your way up the trail but the accent is very doable for all levels of hikers. We did not make it all the way to the peak due to time but I would estimate it to take 2 1/2 hrs up and 1 1/2 hrs down at a normal pace. The views are worth the hike up. Enjoy !!
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6/10/2007
Aside from it being crowed, this was an excellent trail. The views from the top were excellent.
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6/10/2007
Very well-marked and a nice view at the top. It was somewhat crowded with other hikers, dogs, mountain bikers so be prepared to step aside quite often.
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Trail Information

Morrison
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Deer Creek Canyon Park
Local Contacts
Jefferson County Open Space/Deer Creek Canyon Park map
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