Deer Mountain Trail

MODERATE 293 reviews
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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, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Deer Mountain Trail is a great hike to Deer Mountain Peak that offers panoramic views from the top. The trail can be accessed at the Deer Mountain Trailhead off of Trail Ridge Road. The trail starts off in a valley and soon enters a steep forested area, dominated by species such as ponderosa pine. Once you enter the forested area, the trail has many switchbacks that ease into the elevation change. The trail is easy to follow until the last half mile or so. Finding the summit requires a steep little jaunt up to the top. Once at the Deer Mountain summit, you are rewarded with gorgeous views of Longs Peak, Moraine Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, and Estes Park. This is one of the many popular hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National park and there is limited parking in the parking area. It is advised to get there early to secure a parking spot. Many people on this trail underestimate it - make sure to bring plenty of water and hiking boots!

hiking
4 days ago

We just hiked this trail and it took us about 3 hours to complete. There was ice starting about half way up. Although we made it up without them, we wished we would have had either poles or micro spikes. Definitely worth the hike!

hiking
9 days ago

First trail I’ve ever hiked. Took me little over two and a half hours to hike up there and back down. That excludes the time I took to relax at the peak and take pictures. The north face of the mountain has hard packed snow and ice, so be careful. I had crampons with me but I was too stubborn to put them on. Gorgeous views throughout the hike. I’d do it again.

hiking
15 days ago

18 days ago

Great views the whole way up. Some hard pack snow in wooded areas but fine with joking boots.

23 days ago

Awesome trail. Wish I had not lost my silver Patagonia down vest on it. If you find it, please call me 770-597-3711. I'll give you an award for being an awesome person.

23 days ago

horseback riding
24 days ago

So beautiful at the top.....

hiking
24 days ago

29 days ago

We joined the trail from the cabins on Fall River road. It was clearly marked once we climbed the steep incline up to ridge. The trail itself was clear despite the snow on it, which made walking it harder I suppose. However views were amazing. There were 21 switchbacks going up the side of the mountain which made it easier. However once we had finished these the trail appeared to fizzle out and although we tracked out in several directions we could not find an obvious route, it was very snowy up there,and due to time constraints (we did not want to be still coming down trail in twilight)we made our way back down before reaching the actual summit! Still had fabulous views and came into close proximity to deer on 5 occasions! And a chipmunk!! Great stuff!

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike just a little bit in from the Estes Park entrance of RMNP. The incline isn't too bad at all, just enough to get your heart going! The trail flatness out and even descends a bit before making the final push to the summit. The top makes a great spot to stop for lunch and enjoy the views. Longs peak is your neighbor up there and you can also see Estes park and the reservoir. The whole hike took us about 3 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views throughout! Moderate hike uphill. Active elk in area.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the first mountain I’ve ever hiked and I loved it!

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