Deerfield Lake Loop

Distance: 11.65m round trip | Climb: 456ft | Surface: dirt, gravel

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A winding trail through tall ponderosa pines that loops aroundthe perimeter of Deerfield Lake. This trail provides opportunities for all trail enthusiasts from hikers to horses to cycling.

Directions

(3 Trail Heads)

  • From Hill City go west on Deerfield Rd.
  • Turn right onto S Rochford Rd.
  • In 2.4 miles, turn right onto Co Rd 417.

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3 Comments

  1. 2

    We hiked in 2.5 miles and back. This trail should be called meander among the cow pies. We only had brief views of the lake twice.

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    Trail completion status: Not completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 5
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Lake Loop

  2. 2

    Parts of the trail is not marked very well and you can find yourself following a cow trail.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 14
    Gender: Male
    Trail: Deerfield Lake Loop

  3. 4

    This is an enjoyable hike. We started at the trailhead off FS 417 and went clockwise. There were portions of the trail that were difficult to follow; some of them were overgrown and/or poorly marked, but in other areas there were a lot of wildlife trails obscuring the proper trails. In one area it appeared that the trail followed the lake shore, only to dead end into the water a good ways down. That was the toughest spot we had finding the proper trails; we’d gone through a gate and turned right on what appeared to be a well-worn trail along the lake, when we should have turned left along an overgrown section of trail. It was nothing insurmountable and the trail was generally easier to follow once we passed the dam. From there we hiked in forested solitude with some fun creek crossings before making our way back towards the lake. If not for being very difficult to follow in sports, this trail would be a 5 star.

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    Trail completion status: Completed
    How: Hiking
    Miles completed: 12.1
    Gender: Female
    Trail: Deerfield Lake Loop

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