Deer Mountain is a popular hiking site in the Rocky Mountains. The route to the top of the mountain and back is less than 10 kilometers long and is of medium difficulty. On the way, you climb about 430 meters. The summit of Deer Mountain reaches a height of 3,050 meters above sea level, so the trip to the mountain is suitable as part of the adjustment process required for hiking at altitude. We did it on our second day in the Rocky Mountains after we traveled the day before to Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Haiyaha Lake.
Right at the beginning of the route, we met an elk:
After a short walk on the plain, a consistent climb begins, during which there are already incredible viewpoints:
After climbing for about an hour, you reach a flat area:
From there, with a strenuous climb, you reach the summit:
The parking spaces at the beginning of the route are limited, so it is recommended to arrive early.
Entry to the Rocky Mountain Reserve requires purchasing a ticket and coordinating the entry time. Read all the details here.