Deer Mountain Trail

MODERATE 179 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
1466 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

Many people on this trail underestimate it. Bring water! Great hike with nice switchbacks. Trail is easy to follow till the last half mile or so. Finding the summit requires a steep little jaunt up to the top. Gorgeous views at the summit.

hiking
5 hours ago

We arrived about 11am on a Sunday and parking was not an issue (surprised, but then no other reviewer has mentioned it.) Gorgeous views most of the way up. Don't stop before you get to the summit! The trail is clearly marked and a sign directs you up to the summit, or down to Estes Park, so don't worry when you descend a bit before making it. It took us about 3 hrs with a 6 yr old and a snack break at the top.

6 hours ago

3 days ago

Plan to spend 3 hours on vacation his hike what a view at the top it is well worth the time don't for about the park entrance fee

hiking
7 days ago

9 days ago

awasome summit views. bring a snack and 32 oz water. not too difficult, 3hr hike avg for most.

9 days ago

Did an afternoon climb to top, crowded trail but views were great. Two of our group took a trail back that wasn't on AllTrails. It returned us down to Upper High Rd. Which was an easy walk to the house we are staying at. The trail down was very good and we didn't see another soul!

10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Definitely a moderate hike for a family with two pre-teen children. But worth every step as the views from the summit are breathtaking. Trip guides say 3hrs round trip, but it took us an extra hour traveling at a leisurely pace, stopping occasionally to admire the views, and to rest/ eat a snack at the summit. Overall- great, challenging hike for a family of flatlanders from Chicago

12 days ago

nice trail, had no idea that i made it to the summit, so kept walking but views were nice.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. I agree with recent posts about making this an initial hike for people just getting to the park. Beautiful views along the way.

13 days ago

13 days ago

This was a pleasant woodsy hike with awesome views along the way. I wouldn't do this one again only because it wasn't challenging. I would, however, recommend it to people visiting from out of town because it's a great hike for getting acclimated to the altitude.

14 days ago

14 days ago

Steady gain so nothing too challenging until the steps to the top... made a few stops and boy was the view worth it!! 180 degrees or more of mountains!! And zero snow!!

14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Trail is dry, flowers are blooming, very green right now. This is a great time of year for this woodsy hike. We hike all the time, and this is not hard. it can be rocky in places. The views on the way are fabulous and there's lots to see from the top. Recommend, particularly when higher elevations are dealing with snow melt.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail some mud in spot but soon will be dry. some nice photos from trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked this today (6/10/17). Took about 90 minutes up. Views are stunning at the top and along the way. Nice dirt path, well maintained. The final steps to the summit are definitely strenuous, but easily manageable with solid rock steps. Beautiful hike! Will definitely do this one again.

16 days ago