Deer Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is three miles long and begins at 8,920 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,939 feet. The Deer Mountain Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also a waste basket and an information board. Along the trail there is an information guidepost. The trail ends near Deer Mountain (elevation 10,007 feet).
Deer Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Deer Mountain is a good hike for those wanting a short lung buster with great rewards—the views! Use this hike as a conditioning hike or as a first summit hike for newbies. An early start on a weekday will help avoid the crowds, horses, heat, and afternoon summer thunderstorms."
--Kim Lipker, Day & Overnight Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The Continental Divide and Longs Peak are the magnificent backdrop for this trail when you fix your gaze on the southwest horizon. To the northwest is the Mummy Range with the soaring massif of Chapin, Chiquita, and Ypsilon mountains. Best of all, the views are immediate. Wander only 100 yards from the trailhead to enjoy the spectacle, making this ideal for flatland visitors and for families with young children looking for short excursions. Hiking all the way to the top is a nice moderate climb for more ambitious hikers."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
"There’s a hike, a scenic drive and wildlife viewing all for your pleasure on this outing to a Colorado natural treasure. Rocky Mountain National Park is a wonderful, natural treasure, just two hours from Denver by car. Filled with gorgeous lakes, impressive high mountains and clearly marked trails, the park is very popular with tourists, but should not be overlooked by Coloradans. An entrance fee is required. The Deer Mountain trail is one of the easier summit routes in the park and is highly recommended for families. Finished with your hike? Don’t head home just yet. Take a short drive to the intersection 100 yards west of the trailhead and continue west up Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the world and one of the most beautiful byways in Colorado. You will be thrilled by the above treeline views in every direction. Or go north from the intersection and drop shortly into Horseshoe Park, the best location in the park to view wildlife. Elk and mule deer are frequent visitors. But the thrill is in seeing bighorn sheep attracted down to a mineral lick."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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