The Deep Creek Trail #709 alternates between Spruce/Fir/Aspen cover type and Open Meadow for the first 5 miles.. The trail intersects Deep Creek Cutoff #709.1 approximately 0.7 miles form the upper trailhead. Raber Cabin is located 5.09 miles from the upper trailhead, at the intersection with Lands End Road, FSR #100. There are interpretive signs here, explaining the historical significance of this site. The section of trail from the rim down to the Coal Creek Trail #702 may be considered difficult due to the steep slope which it traverses. The vegetation along this section of the trail includes skunk cabbage, aspen, spruce, fir, and open meadow. As the trail descends from the rim, it provides travelers with a scenic view overlooking the Kannah Creek Basin.
At a Glance
Open to Hiking, Horseback, and Mountain Bike.
From the town of Mesa, travel South on Highway 65 to Mesa Lakes Resort. Turn right and go to the left side of the restaurant; follow the directional signs to Glacier Springs parking lot. Take the Mesa Lakes Shore Trail #503 for approximately 50 yards to the upper Deep Creek Trailhead, which is on the left (west) side.
From Highway 65 and Lands End Road, FSR #100, junction, travel west on the Lands End Road for approximately 3.1 miles to the Carson Lake Road, FSR #108.2. Turn left at this junction and travel 1.4 miles to the end of the road, there is a parking area on the northwest side of Carson Lake and the Coal Creek Trailhead. Follow the Coal Creek Trail #702 for approximately 1.1 miles to the junction with the lower Deep Creek Trailhead.
Off of Mesa Lakes Shore Trail #503. T. 11S., R. 96W., Sec. 34. U.S.G.S. Map: Mesa Lakes.
Off the Coal Creek Trail #702. T. 12S., R. 96W., Sec. 21. U.S.G.S. Map: Indian Point.