Deer Mountain Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used 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 day hike. Perfect amount of incline. Gets the heart pumping but not over the top. The first 2 miles are tougher than the final 4 but very doable for any level. The views from the top make it all worth while. Was not too crowded. The trail (mind you I did this hike in the winter) became un able to follow on the steep incline 2/3rds of a mile into the hike on the steep incline....but was able to pick it back up again after about a 1/4 mile. We did not use snowshoes but my wife thought it might have been useful.
Geat hike but even more awesome as snowshoe! I felt like it was a much steeper climb in snow than without....lots of fun off trail on downhill between switchbacks.
Loved it! A great winter hike... didn't need snow shoes today, but it was a little slick on the way down. Definitely worth it though because to view at the top is spectacular!
By far one of my favorite after work hikes!
It's quick and fairly easy. Great for watching sunsets and/or sunrises.
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.
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.
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.