Monday, September 7, 2015

Deer Mountain, Rocky Mountain National Park

September 6, 2015

Distance: 10.9 miles
Time: 6 hours 37 minutes
Elevation gain: 2,383'
Altitude: 8,355' - 10,027'

Year to date miles: 580.2

Map: National Geographic Longs Peak (301)

Parking: Deer Mountain/Deer Ridge trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker's Guide by Jerome Malitz
We extended the hike described in the book. Rather than doing an out and back, after reaching Deer Mountain, we did a counter clockwise route following Deer Mountain Trail then North Deer Mountain Trail.

This morning we saw 2 grey foxes on our drive to the trailhead.

This was our second attempt at Deer Mountain. It went much better than our first attempt. No headaches or nausea. The hike up to Deer Mountain is a forested 3 miles, with some views on the way up. We felt good, so we decided to make it a loop, rather than an out and back. There was some car noise on the North Deer Mountain Trail, but it added nice variety to the hike. It passed through meadows and there were a lot of wildflowers still. It was pretty level, going along the side of the mountain.

I did feel fatigued by the end of the hike. I just wanted to sleep, and sleep I did!

Bunny on the trail


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