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Deer Mountain Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.8 mile 11.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,121' 646 m
Descent: -1,143' -348 m
High: 9,928' 3,026 m
Low: 7,933' 2,418 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A rugged trail featuring sweeping views that climbs up and over Deer Mountain.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Although summiting Deer Mountain might not be doable by every visitor, it's certainly the most attainable prominent peak in the park. Summit elevation 10,013'

Description

Starting from the Deer Ridge Junction, this trail climbs up the western slope of Deer Mountain before descending its eastern slope to a junction with North Deer Mountain Trail. About halfway through, the Deer Mountain Summit Spur branches off to the southwest and climbs steeply to the summit.

Given the large amount of elevation change that occurs along this trail, there are some tight and steep switchbacks to navigate. The views of surrounding mountains are spectacular along many portions of this trail - especially from the summit.

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Nov 17, 2019
Greg Collette
Aug 3, 2019
Tessa Woods
4h 08m
Jul 1, 2019
Emily Trombly
Jun 25, 2019
Samantha Zeller
Hiked to deer mountain through moraine park then up it and back. 14mi
Oct 27, 2018
Jessica Hildebrandt
May 22, 2017
Rachel Zucker
Jan 8, 2017
Dana Pearson
Nov 11, 2016
Michael Yoder

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  4.4 from 8 votes

#4

in Estes Park

#5923

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#4

in Estes Park

#455

in Colorado

#5,923

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Milky Way from the park
Jan 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Rocky Mtn Nat Park with permission from danhester
Jan 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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