There was a chill in the air, but once we got moving it wasn't bad. The trail was a little muddy in spots in the beginning, but nothing to stop us from moving on. As we got higher the trail would be covered in ice and snow when shaded. If we had had any idea how much worse it would get, we would've turned around. Towards the end of the trail it got so icy and steep that many of us just sat on our bums and slid down the trail. It was just too hard to stay standing on the ice. The views were spectacular, but what a relief when we could see the parking lot ahead. We were all very tired.
A hike we had expected to take our family a couple hours max had taken well over three hours because of the ice and snow. Luckily we were well prepared with food and water. We had just recently bought a water pack and I don't know how we got along without it before. It was so nice not having to carry a water bottle or take the pack off and open it every time someone wanted a drink.
I was concerned my kids would now dread going on future hikes, but they loved it! It turned into a hike to remember. I will definitely go back once the snow and ice is gone. It is a heavily used trail year round. We passed many people who had poles and special shoes to handle the ice.
|Deer & Denver|
Here are the directions(copied from 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles):
From Denver, take C 470 south 6.7 miles to Kipling Parkway; exit south. Go right on west Ute Avenue, and turn right again on Deer Creek Canyon Road. Follow Deer Creek Canyon Road west 2.7 miles to Grizzly Road. Turn left on Grizzly Road, and follow it 0.4 miles to the park entrance (Deer Creek Open Space Park) on the right.