Meadowlark > Plymouth Creek Loop
Deer Creek Canyon Park
Date Hiked: April 20, 2012
- Distance: 2.7 mi (RT)
- Elevation Gain: 830ft
- Managing Agency: Jefferson County Open Space
- Fee: None
Directions: From Denver take I-70 west to C470 east and exit at Deer Creek Canyon Road. Take Deer Creek Canyon Road past the South Valley Park Trailhead and make a left at the park sign, onto Grizzly Drive and into the main parking area.
This is a great quick little loop in a park made up of otherwise lengthy trails. The Meadowlark Trail is a hiker only trail (the park is very popular for mountain biking) and it leads across the meadow and up onto the foothills. The trail rolls over the hills for about 1.6 miles before meeting the Plymouth Creek Trail. From here turn left and follow the Plymouth Creek trail back to the parking area. This section of the Plymouth Creek Trail is beautiful and looks down into canyons stripped with red rock intrusions. At just under 3 miles, this is a great hike in the morning to start your day, or in the evening to help wind down and burn off some stress.