Trail Length = about 5 miles one way
Trailhead elevation = 6,780±
Summit elevation = 11,101
The Deer Creek Trail starts in the Granite Flat Campground area. Pass the guard shack and continue for about a few hundred yards to the trailhead on the right.
In the first quarter mile the trail has two intersections to be aware of. The first one deflects about 10 degrees to the left and brings you closer to the stream the next one farther along the trail deflects about 20 degrees to the right and will take you to the road leading to Silver Lake. The trail sees a lot of horse activity so be prepared for the rough trail and the occasional horse splat to jockey around or through if that floats your boat.
After a 1½ miles or so the trail starts the switchbacks, the peak will always be present to the West. After about 3 miles you will arrive to the saddle and junction with Dry Creek trail coming in generally from the West. From here the peak is present to the South. Start following the ridgeline up hill and than down a few hundred feet of elevation while running the ridge. After about ½ a mile a trail breaks off to the left, stay straight and start the steeper ascent, the trail becomes faint but continue following any path of least resistance along the ridge for another ¾ of a mile to the summit.
Bring plenty of water, there is one area to get water in the first mile, a small stream running down the trail. I wouldn’t drink this water since the horse’s plow in it.
No technical gear is required in the summer months
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