Deer Mountain Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
I noticed many people on this trail underestimate it. They begin the hike with little to no water. I went through 3 liters of water on this trail and hiked it in 4-5 hours. It is uphill the entire way except a small portion near the top. The last 0.2 mi is like stairs.
Great hike with a lot of mountain views most of the way. Even better vistas from the top. As the name implies, you may likely see deer on the way and we also saw a large flock of turkey. For regular hikers and fit individuals this may be an "easy" hike, but not so for the average person and is correctly labeled as moderate.
Well maintained hike, wonderful views. The last bit is stairs so save water.
Amazing trail with awesome views throughout! Unbelievable view at the peak!
We did this trail at the end of June, and it wasn't a bad little hike. The switchbacks definitely ease you into the elevation climb, though it was hard on the knees on the way down. Trekking poles really help. We started around 11am and it was unusually hot (mid- to upper- 90's). I have a 100 oz camelback and we went through nearly half of it in the heat. Probably should have gotten an earlier start. The views were spectacular though.
This is a great trail for mountain view all the way up and back. Still goes through tree's but aways an overlook. Incredible Vista from the top.
Nice trail with great views!
Great hike. Took 2 1/2 hours to get to the summit and 1 1/2 hours to get back down. We were slow moving though. They are called the Rocky Mountains for a reason. Be prepared to climb over boulders. Very beautiful from the top.
This is a great trail. It should be rated as easy though. Lots of switchbacks as others have mentioned. Payoff at the top is worth the hike. We saw many people heading up the trail near the start with zero water in July and it was hot at 1pm. This is a 6 mile hike, you need water people! There are no streams to refill water bottles, I recommend at least 2 litres per person.
I would rate this trail as easy... Unless your definition of easy does not include switchbacks. There are switchbacks all the way up the hill but anyone can do this hike if they bring some water and take breaks.
This trail was very crowded, even on a Monday morning.
Overall, nice hike if you're looking for views and to not take up your whole day, but I think there are less crowded trails in the park.
We headed out on the trailhead and only after a couple of miles, my mate started having asthma issues as we had only had 1/2 day to acclimate to the 8,000 ft elevation change. We were still treated to some nice views along the way. I was hoping to see the summit but it was not to be on this day. Well paved trail with lots of sign from both horses and elk. Will return on a return trip to finish it off.