Deer Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,698' 518 m
Descent: -1,698' -518 m
High: 9,922' 3,024 m
Low: 8,340' 2,542 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A loop around and over Deer Mountain near Estes Park.”— Brian Smith
North Deer Mountain Trail skirts the mountain's northern flanks as it heads northward and gradually to the east and south as it descends around Deer Mountain's base. Enjoy the grandiose views of Deer Mountain and surrounding peaks as you descend towards Estes Park. The trail passes through mixed forest and meadow typical of the montane ecosystem. Just after the four mile mark, look for a connector trail to branch off to the right and follow it to the Deer Mountain Trail.
The Deer Mountain Trail climbs steeply up the eastern slope of Deer Mountain before descending its western 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. Follow the summit spur for a final push to the top and a reward of panoramic views. Head back down the Deer Mountain Summit Spur and turn left back onto Deer Mountain Trail. Descend the steep, switchbacking trail as it dives off of the western ridge of the mountain. Eventually, you'll be back where you started at the Deer Ridge Trailhead.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park