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    Deer Creek Canyon Trail
    August 3, 2008

    Littleton, Colorado

    Relevant Data:
    Start Elevation (ft): 6,110
    Finish Elevation (ft): 6,110
    Min. Elevation (ft): 6,110
    Max. Elevation (ft): 7,428

    7.9 Miles

    Getting There:
    Junction of C-470/Wadsworth
    Proceed South on Wadsworth for .4 miles
    Take an immediate right (west) onto Deer Creek Canyon Road
    Continue on this road until you come to a T, proceed left on Deer Creek Canyon Road
    After 1.8 Miles, take a left into Deer Creek Canyon Park (There are signs)
    Follow the road until you see a parking lot on your right, park your car in this lot

    Deer Creek Canyon Trail:

    The trail starts right by the bathrooms, you will also see a sign that reads "Jefferson County Open Space", where there is
    a large map and some smaller maps that you can take with you. Take the Meadowlark Trail, which is designated for
    hikers/runners only. Take this trail for 1.5 miles until you reach Plymouth Creek Trail (T Junction) and take a right onto
    Plymouth Creek Trail. The trail is now shared with mountain bikers and the terrain shifts from well groomed to rocky. The
    first 50 meters are difficult, however there are some steps that you can use for assistance.

    At the 2.0 mile mark you will come upon a three way junction "T", take a right onto the Plymouth Creek Trail. At 2.6 miles
    you will come upon the Red Mesa Loop, at this point you can either head left on the trail or right, since it's a loop it doesn't
    really matter, but generally I take a right. The Red Mesa Loop is the best part of the run, there is some climbing still but
    the trail is in great shape and it's shaded. Once you run the 2.6 mile loop you will return to the spot where you were
    earlier, so hang a right and proceed back down the Plymouth Creek Trail. You will now start your descent back down to
    the parking lot, you will encounter the Plymouth Mountain Trail junction at mile 5.7, turn left onto the Plymouth Creek Trail.
    At mile 6.3 you will see the sign for the Meadowlark Trail, take a left and the Meadowlark Trail will take you back to the
    parking spot.

    This is a difficult trail run, with a difference of 1,300 feet from the low to the high point. The trail is in good shape, however
    some parts are extremely rocky. I would recommend wearing trail running shoes with a good rock plate, to protect your
    foot. The first 1.5 miles offer no protection from the sun, so if it's a hot day make sure you have sunscreen, hat,
    sunglasses, etc. Once you reach the Plymouth Creek Trail the trail is shaded for most of the run.

    Deer Creek Canyon Trail is popular, so you need to be aware of Mountain Bikers and other hikers. There is also a
    restroom at the trailhead, which is clean and in good condition, which is always a plus. There are also some other trails
    that you can run to the side (Plymouth Mountain Trail), if you're up for a challenge take the Plymouth Creek Trail from the
    trailhead, it reaches the junction with the Meadowlark trail, but the distance is .5 miles shorter, thus the angle of the ascent
    is much steeper, or do the route that I dictated and add on another 2.4 miles by running up to that junction and back, once
    you have complete the aforementioned route.
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