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Deer Mountain (10,013'), West Route, RMNP - Colorado, United States

by jimlarkey  
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The route up Deer Mountain begins in a stand of mature ponderosa pine and winds upward past lodgepole pine, aspen, and limber pine to the summit plateau, which offers spectacular views of the Continental Divide. 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 snowshoes or skis necessary for safe travel. Elevation at the summit 10,013 ft.

(Courtesy NPS)

A couple of years after I hiked the west route, I did a winter hike up the east route of Deer Mountain.  It was quite a different experience than the hike shown here.
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Trip Info
October 15, 2008
Trip Location: Fall River Estates Subdivision, Colorado, United States
Length: 6.0 miles
Duration: 4 hours
Activity: Hiking
Trip viewed 4,548 times
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