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Deer Mountain Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,938 Feet (2786.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate; Difficult in winter
Elevation Gain: 1,075 Feet (335.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,013 Feet (3121.3 Meters)
Length: 3.0 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
TI Topo Maps: Rocky Mountain National Park, #200

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General Description

Fine views, pleasant hiking and a picnic on top make this trip a hiking favorite on the east side of the park. The trail begins at the Deer Mountain Trailhead along Highway 36, west of the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station, near the junction with Highway 34. It leads to the top of Deer Mountain at 10,013 feet. The route up Deer Mountain begins in a stand of mature ponderosa pines and winds upward past lodgepole pine, aspen and limber pine to the summit plateau, which offers a spectacular view of the Continental Divide.

In the winter, while the lower trail generally has little snow, you can expect packed and drifted snow on the switchbacks. Snow cover on the summit may be three to five feet deep, making skis or snowshoes necessary for safe travel.

Directions from Estes Park: Follow Hwy 36 west past the Beaver Mountain Entrance Station to the Deer Mountain Trailhead, near the junction of Hwy 36 and 34.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Josh (Loveland, CO)
Time of Day: 9 AM
Length of Time: 2 1/2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: There really aren't any major surprises when it comes to the trail itself. There are excellent views of the divide or Long's Peak at every switchback. You can just go a little past the switchbacks to enjoy an even better view. There are a few spots with some snow, but nothing a good pair of boots can't handle.
Water Availability: No water along the way.
Recommended Clothing: It was a little chilly up top, but A storm was rolling in.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Deer Mountain Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Deer Mountain offers beautiful views.
ICON Winter Hiking Lighter snowfall on the east side of the park leaves some low elevation trails open for hiking, without the aid of skis or snowshoes. Before each outing, check with park rangers for local snow conditions and current avalanche hazards.

Related Activities
Aspenglen Campground - Aspenglen Campground has 54 sites located on the east side of the Park, off Highway 34, just west of the Fall River Entrance Station.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 928 Grand Avenue , Grand Lake, CO, 80447, Phone: 800-531-1019


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