Deer Mountain Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews
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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.

5.9 miles 1455 feet Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

forest

views

wildlife

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.

19 days ago

25 days ago

By far one of my favorite after work hikes!

It's quick and fairly easy. Great for watching sunsets and/or sunrises.

hiking
1 month ago

Great first hike in RMNP. This was a pretty moderate trail, just save water for the end before you hit the summit. Wasn't very crowded on an unusually warm day in late October. Saw deer and elk while on the trails too. The views from the top are amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail with a fantastic view at the summit. We wandered off the trail for a bit more incline/rock climbing. Reaching the summit is very satisfying and will take your breath away. Great for beginner hikers.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike

2 months ago

2 months ago

Well maintained hike, wonderful views. The last bit is stairs so save water.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail with awesome views throughout! Unbelievable view at the peak!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail with great views!

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago