Deer Mountain Trail is a 6 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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. 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
10 hours ago

Great trail, park just opened today so not may people. Views were spectacular

hiking
17 hours ago

USGS Topo map layer is inaccurate and needs to be updated

hiking
21 hours ago

Wonderful 6 mile RT hike, not too busy, very dry, Longs Peak view, not a lot of parking though. 9/10 hikers don't realize that the uphill hiker has the Right of Way when hiking. Thunder storm rolled in, so be careful.

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22 hours ago

Great hike, got here at 8am on a Friday and not many people on the trail. Lots of chipmunks up at the summit that want food. I did not feed them, but they seem to be used to people feeding them. Overall great hike!

hiking
1 day ago

Good hike with breathtaking views at summit! I was worried that my 8 and 6 year old wouldn't manage it, but we pulled it off with lots of breaks.

hiking
4 days ago

Wonderful day and great trail. The review citing the 13 switchbacks was very helpful. The trail was dry and there were not many people at 7:30 a.m.. We were rewarded with beautiful views of the mountains and deep blue sky. Glad I made it to the summit after being iced out in the winter attempts.Most everyone we met wore masks and /or stepped aside.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

6/2/2020 Second to last day before RMNP starts the timed reserved entry system. Started this trail around 10am, not many people (after experiencing Emerald Lake just prior). Covid19 experience: People leapt off the trail while I was still 20 feet away to give me that six feet for social distancing. Some hikers had masks, some didn't (I think I would die if I had to hike/sweat with a mask on). A couple hikers left the trail, faced away from me, and didn't even look at me or say hi back as if I was a walking disease. Other people were normal enough. Rocky, dusty trail. At the top it started going downhill before going up the final rocky steps. The panoramic views at the top were amazing. Very few people, lots of rocks to sit on by myself. Much cloudier and windier at the summit. Logged as 6.1 miles (even the trailhead says it's exactly 3 miles to the summit, don't know why all trails says it's 5.6 total), took about 2 hours (ran down part of the way). Saw deer and cute chipmunks!

hiking
4 days ago

Tons of mule deer and an amazing view at the end. Round trip took 3 hours

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked trail on 5/30/20. Trail is dry and free of horse manure. Excellent hike and views at the top and along the way. The mileage per my Garmin is 6.2 mi and 1400 ft. elevation gain. There are 13 switchbacks (some long, some short) that comprise the middle portion of the trail, in case you like to know such things. Trail roughly divided into first section leading to switchbacks (easy-moderate, about .9 mile), 13 switchbacks (moderate, about 1.5 mile), relatively flat portion at top (easy, about .5 mile), and a set of stone stairs leading to the summit (hard, about .2 mile).

hiking
9 days ago

I hiked Deer Mountain Trail this morning, no snow or mud. Great hike, views and visibility.

hiking
24 days ago

Lots of snow in mid April. Incredible views!

1 month ago

The views once you get to the top are great. The trail itself isn't completely hard, but definitely not easy either. The ascent is full of switch backs and is not gradual. Your calfs will be burning. Once you get about 300 feet from the summit, the incline goes up. I liked this trail a lot but it'll surprise you.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect views from the top of mountains and the valley. Steady climb up. It went on longer than I thought, once you get to the top of the steady climb there’s a good amount of walking on flatter ground, then finally you reach the last climb to the top. Went in fall and saw elk right by the trail.

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

Great trail! Melting snow limited walking slightly. Beautiful for pictures!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, first half limited snow/ice last half mostly snow/ice pack. No poles or spikes used, could be helpful toward the peak

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icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Almost completely snowpacked. My partner did the hike with poles but no spikes. He said there were a few sections on the sketchy side he almost slipped. I had poles and microspikes and had no issues. This trail is packed in the summer, so it was great to get up there with only seeing 6 other people the whole hike. It was a great winter hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike, but pretty! Spikes helped a lot.

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Beautiful views throughout topped by incredible 360 views at the summit. Almost completely packed snow with very small sections of dirt near the bottom. Spikes and poles will help considerably, especially in the areas where the snow pack is narrow. AllTrails claims this is 1,400 feet of elevation change but with minimal off trail hiking, I logged almost 2,300. You hike back down a few hundred feet near the summit before heading back up, so keep that in mind.

recorded Deer Mountain Trail

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snow
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Some dirt down low with hard packed snow and ice most of the way. Snowshoes not needed but traction devices make it easy walking. Windy this time of year, but still a great hike. Hit the trail at 0830 on Super Bowl Sunday morning, and was back by Noon with an hour at the top. Saw a couple dozen people on the trail.

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