Deule Creek

The Deule Creek hike in Centerville Canyon was a pleasant surprise for me.  I chose it randomly as a hike never before done and decided to check it out.  It is family friendly while still being a moderate hike.  If going all the way to the waterfall, this hike is about a 4.5 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 1011 ft.  It is shaded most of the way and not too difficult.  You have to do a little bit of off roading to get to the trail head, but it’s nothing your car can’t handle.  Jeeps, however, might look more hard core.

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One of my favorite features of this hike is how well maintained the trail is.  You will find many little treasures on the way to the waterfall.  Some awesome boy scout made this trail his eagle project or something.  So, thanks to him, there are multiple campsites with fire pits and seating in different areas along the trail.  Each of these campsites comes with cookware and tools just waiting to be used. All campsites are first come first serve, so if you want a spot you have to hike really fast.  After you camp, you are asked to leave the cookware there for others who may want to camp after you.  There are also man made bridges crisscrossing the water, so you don’t fall in.  What a sweet boy scout!

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There is also a rope swing half way up the trail!  It is usually pretty popular and you may have to wait your turn to use it, but certainly worth the wait.  This is great for Kids, they can’t get enough.  But just because a bunch of kids are using it shouldn’t keep the adults from having a turn.  kick the kids off and try it!  But really, the swing has no age limit.  Some people decide to turn around at this point, making the swing their destination. The water fall is about 1.5 miles or so from there.

Needless to say this hike has everything, including an impressive waterfall at the end.  Lots of distractions on the way, which is what makes this so fun.  There is more than just one destination.  You can hike, swing, camp and then hike some more.  I haven’t camped here yet, but definitely plan to in the future.

Also Don’t be afraid to hike this gem in the winter!  Bring your hiking cleats and enjoy the snow!

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