Deer Mountain

Estes Park, Colorado

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Deer Mountain is aptly named, but hikers also enjoy expansive views of many higher mountains. Mule deer do seem to be unusually easy to spot on Deer Mountain, together with red deer, also called elk or wapiti. Red deer, however, is a European name, and elk were not so common on Deer Mountain in the 1880s, when the name appeared in Frederick Chapin’s book Mountaineering in Colorado. Doubtless, mule deer were the “red deer” named in Chapin’s book. Technically unimposing, Deer Mountain is fortuitously located for views of much higher peaks, from the Mummy Range around the Front Range to Longs Peak.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Deer Mountain is aptly named, but hikers also enjoy expansive views of many higher mountains. Mule deer do seem to be unusually easy to spot on Deer Mountain, together with red deer, also called elk or wapiti. Red deer, however, is a European name, and elk were not so common on Deer Mountain in the 1880s, when the name appeared in Frederick Chapin’s book Mountaineering in Colorado.

Doubtless, mule deer were the “red deer” named in Chapin’s book. Technically unimposing, Deer Mountain is fortuitously located for views of much higher peaks, from the Mummy Range around the Front Range to Longs Peak.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 8,930 feet
Top Elevation: 10,013 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Longs Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Deer Mountain

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