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Trail

6.3 mile 10.1 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,325' 404 m
Descent: -1,325' -404 m
High: 9,994' 3,046 m
Low: 8,917' 2,718 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

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

Kristen Arendt

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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Mar 12, 2019
Beau Jennings
Snow packed but only needed spikes to keep from slipping.
Mar 10, 2019
Brooke Mitchell
Dec 28, 2018
Ian KG
little to nobody on the trail, needed micro-spikes. 6.3mi
Sep 23, 2018
Julie Megan
6.1mi
Sep 17, 2018
Nancy Richgels
Woof. That was fun for a first CO hike. Beautiful scenery at the top!
Sep 15, 2018
Edgar Villeda
Sep 12, 2018
Thomas Diggs
Sep 12, 2018
Candi Pants
Not a long hike, but pretty strenuous. Great views from the top, except for the kids operating their drone. 6.6mi

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