Hike to the Rope Swing on Deuel Creek Trail

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Distance

2.6 miles

Elevation Gain

646 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Annelise G

A moderate hike through a beautiful canyon with a super fun rope swing at the end!

Not only is this hike absolutely gorgeous, but it also has an epic rope swing at the end! To get to the trailhead you'll need a vehicle that can handle rough roads—you have to drive up a bit on the side of the mountain to get to the trailhead. The beginning of the hike is marked with a little bulletin board, some small signs, and a fence.

The trail starts out uncovered, but pretty soon you head into the beautiful greenery surrounding the creek. The trail has its ups and downs, but not much elevation gain overall. There are a few nice campfire sites along the trail—you could camp along the creek, but it might be better to use hammocks instead of a tent.

After 1.3 miles you will reach a clearing with a rope swing! Across the clearing from the tree with the rope are a few large rocks. Grab the rope and climb up on one of the rocks in order to get the momentum for swinging.

Word of Caution: Be smart about where you swing from! Don't swing yourself into the tree! It's also a good idea to keep your legs as high as you can raise them on the swing back so they don't get smashed against the rock. It may sound like it, but it's really not dangerous; just know where you're swinging.

Additionally, you can keep hiking up the canyon trail past the rope swing where you will eventually reach a waterfall.

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Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
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Best Hike Ever?!

I LOVE THIS HIKE! It’s beautiful, especially with all the leaves changing color in the fall, there are plenty of little campfire spots along the trail where you could pack up a campfire meal with some friends, and—the best part—there is a rope swing at the end!! Seriously so fun. The hike itself isn’t too difficult, though there are a few short scrambles and some steep sections, but for every steep incline there seems to be another decline right after. Maybe not the easiest beginner hike, but not quite intermediate either. Kids & dogs welcome. When we went we wanted to keep going to the waterfall, but it got too dark so we had to turn around (& actually ended up hiking back mainly in the dark). Very fun hike!

18 total saves

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