Deer Mountain Trail takes you through lush green fields adorned with seasonal wildflowers and intermittent sections of eerie forests before ascending to the summit at an elevation of 8399 feet. Offering offroaders fantastic vistas, this trail provides the highest viewpoint looking south and west towards the Centennial Mountains and Valley. A short hike off the main trail leads to Deer Mountain Peak, where visitors are greeted with postcard-worthy views of the towering Centennial Mountains against the backdrop of a brilliant blue sky. In the northern ravines, snow lingers throughout the year, adding to the allure of the landscape.
Looking westward, the trail offers excellent views of the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The tranquil lakes mirror the sky and fluffy clouds, harmoniously set amidst grassy fields and meandering streams that wind through the valley.
While dispersed camping is allowed on USFS Lands, it's important to note that no obvious campsites are found along this trail. Half of the trail lies within Montana State Land, where camping regulations are not clearly posted. For the best camping options in the area, consider Waypoint 9 on Conklin Lake Trail or along Elk Lake in the valley below.
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