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Deer Mountain, RMNP
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christopher witter
(cwitter) - MLife

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Deer Mountain, RMNP on 02/15/2008 20:39:07 MST Print View

I was on vacation with the family this summer and broke away early one morning to do this quick hike, I was up to the top (3.5 mi) in an 1.5 hours and and back down in 1 hr. This was my first time in the Rockies and I can't wait to go back! My only complaint was what the pack animals leave behind all over the trail.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Deer Mountain, RMNP on 02/16/2008 10:35:22 MST Print View

Thanks for sharing the photos. I'm taking the family to Yosemite this summer, and wonder if I'll be able to slip out for a quick hike too. Interesting to see the no dogs sign, but pack animals are OK. I've never been to the Rockies, so I'm also jealous of the fokls that have them for their backyards.

Phil Brown

Locale: Traverse City MI
Deer mountain on 02/29/2008 09:37:47 MST Print View

Your photos made me jealous since I don't live by RMNP anymore. I did Dear mountain as a warm-up for my solo winter climb up long's peak last thanksgiving weekend. The icy switchbacks and steady altitude gain make it a great trail for getting acclimatized after coming from Kansas. Sorry to hear about the animal droppings, never had that problem when hiking there in the winter. The view from the summit makes it all worth it though. Give me a few days and I'll post up my pics of deer mountain covered in a 2 foot layer of snow. If you get back there sometime I recommend parking at the Glacier Gorge trailhead and hiking to either sky pond or black lake. Don't being the kids though...

Edited by pbrown19 on 02/29/2008 09:41:59 MST.