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Deer Mountain

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An out-and-back hike to the summit of Deer Mountain.


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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

Out and Back

9,994' 3,046 m

High

8,917' 2,718 m

Low

1,325' 404 m

Up

1,325' 404 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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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'.

Overview

A rugged hike featuring sweeping views that climbs to the summit of Deer Mountain. Although this hike does have a gradually more challenging ascent, the views more than compensate for the work to get to the summit.

Description

This is one of the more popular hikes in the park as the views from the summit of Deer Mountain are definitely worth the climb to the top. The six-mile round trip hike to the 10,013 ft. summit is a very doable hike for most people.

Starting from the Deer Mountain Trailhead, begin on the Deer Mountain Trail. Stay right at the first junction which is shortly after the trailhead where the North Deer Mountain Trail branches to your left. The next junction will be approximately three miles in where you'll want to take a right onto the Deer Mountain Summit Spur which leads to the summit.

Given the amount of elevation change that occurs along this trail, there are some tight and steep switchbacks to navigate. The views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular along many portions of this trail - especially from the summit where you'll have a 360-degree view of the surrounding peaks of the Continental Divide, Estes Park, and Moraine Park.

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Kristen Arendt

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Photos

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
Image of the Fern Lake Fire.
Feb 9, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Deer Mountain Summit
Aug 13, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
The famous 'Diamond.'
Sep 25, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Deer Mountain trail run summit panorama
May 6, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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May 15, 2021
Donald Blake
Tried to go around on the long loop but snow blocked the way. Went up the standard route. Summited after about 3 hours and made it down in about 2. 8mi — 6h 02m
Mar 6, 2021
Joy Bergman
Hiking with KK!
Feb 12, 2021
J K
Dec 4, 2020
Deborah Denzel
6.5mi — 2h 30m
Nov 28, 2020
Nick Barendregt
Really nice sunset hike! Not too crowded and not too taxing after a long day in the park. 6.2mi — 2h 31m
Nov 26, 2020
Jonathan Ormsby
Mostly snowpack, very little ice. I brought Yak trax but did not use them. 6.3mi — 2h 09m
Sep 20, 2020
Bill Rizzo
amazing views from the top and tons of chipmunks! — 10h 30m
Jun 21, 2020
Steve Jack