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Deer Ridge - Moraine Park Trail

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A convenient way for campers staying in the Moraine Campground to visit Beaver Meadows' wildlife.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

91%

Runnable

8,376' 2,553 m

High

8,115' 2,473 m

Low

280' 85 m

Up

83' 25 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This gentle trail is a north-south, out-and-back route stretching from Moraine Park to Upper Beaver Meadows. It is a nice way to increase your chances of seeing the elk, deer and bighorn sheep of Beaver Meadows without using a noisy car.

Pick up the Deer Ridge - Moraine Park Trail from the eastern end of Moraine Campground, across the road from the Moraine - Tuxedo Park Trail. The Deer Ridge - Moraine Park Trail starts out heading directly east, but soon turns north, leaving the meadow for a sparse forest. Run up a mellow incline, passing Beaver Meadows Loops on the left and the Utility Area Access Trail on the right.

The terrain opens up briefly before plunging back into dense forest. Surmount a short ridge, which is the highpoint of this trail, and then descend easy grades into the incredibly scenic Upper Beaver Meadow area. From here enjoy the views of the distant peaks, wildlife and the chance to spot wildlife. After crossing Beaver Brook and coming to the intersection with the Beaver Point Trail, the Deer Ridge - Moraine Park Trail ends at a parking pullout off the Upper Beaver Meadows Road.

Flora & Fauna

Elk, deer, moose and bighorn sheep.

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Shared By:

Megan W

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  3.0 from 2 votes

#6

in Moraine Park

#23885

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  3.0 from 2 votes
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#6

in Moraine Park

#2,057

in Colorado

#23,885

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Photos

Looking at  Beaver Meadows via Deer Ridge to Moraine Park Trail
May 6, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Elk in the RMNP meadow
Jul 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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