Location: Littleton, CO
Distance from Denver: 27mi (~40min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~2.5mi RT ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Moderate ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Large lot, but we can see this being crowded in the summer ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Can anyone tell us how an entire week in 2019 has flown by!? It’s wild to think how quickly time has been moving by already, but that just means that we are getting closer and closer to prime hiking season here in Colorado! :) Although with the weather, it kind of felt like it this past weekend! We took the opportunity that the 60 degree day gave us to check out Deer Creek Canyon Park in Littleton. If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know that we hiked at Waterton Canyon last week - Deer Creek Canyon is just one exit farther away along the front range.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day out, and an equally gorgeous drive up to the park/trailhead. It’s nestled well into the canyon, but what surprised us the most was the number and proximity of homes near the park! We think it had to do something with the Lockheed Martin offices nearby, and it had us thinking that it certainly wouldn’t be a bad place to live and work!
As you can see from the pictures above, the parking lot is pretty sizeable but we can totally see this being full in the summer. The park is dog-friendly, as well as bike-friendly (on certain trails), so you’ll see a good mix of the two as you hike. While there are plenty of miles of terrain available to explore, we decided to keep our morning short with a 2.5mile loop - starting at the Meadowlark Trail (seen above in the red dotted line) and then about 1.5miles in, taking a left onto the Plymouth Creek Trail (seen above in the black dotted line). Note that the Meadowlark Trail does not allow bikes, so you can ascend/descend just along here if you’d like.
As you start along the Meadowlark trail, you’ll straight away notice three things (1) your heart pounding due to a steady incline, (2) snow still on the ground, and (3) stunning vistas of red rock formations and a glimpse to the Tech Center / Downtown from over the canyon rim. Honestly, hands down this has been my favorite winter hike thus far in the South Denver area because of how pleasant the terrain was (no need for any sort of special snow equipment). We highly recommend this hike on a warm winter day, rather than during the summer, because there is little shade along the trail.
As we alluded to earlier, there are two different trails we combined to make a loop. We highly recommend going up the Meadowlark trail first (it is more switchbacks as you ascend) and then at the fork to take a left and come down via the Plymouth Creek Trail (it is more of a steep decline). If you'd like a more challenging hike, you could reverse this order and go up the Plymouth Creek trail first, but because of the snow on the ground, it makes part of the trail tricky given the incline.
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