Deer Mountain A  
Condition Updates  
Route: loop from 13,202
Posted On: 2022-07-24, By: zootloopz
Info: Summer conditions! Loop of UN 13,500, Twining Peak, UN 13,545, UN 13,202, Deer Mountain, UN 13,736, and Mount Champion. Storms moved in earlier than we anticipated so we skipped adding on UN 13,300B and K49. Beautiful ridge as far as the Sawatch goes with some opportunities for class 3 and occasional 4th. Fun to get 4 bicents in one day!! 
Route: West Ridge - Traverse to Champion
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: yaktoleft13
Info: Did loop of Deer/13736/Champion. Added K49 as an out and back. Summer conditions. Route is dog friendly if you have a capable pup. Stream crossing is lower than a few weeks ago, but not a lot of exposed rocks yet Warning to dog owners! There's a porcupine roaming the valley about 3 miles up the trail from North Fork Lake Creek trailhead. He got my dog, but not bad. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-13, By: kwhit24
Info: Hiked the loop with Oklahoma and K49 On the approach to Deer the snow is avoidable and all Class 2+ until the last 100' from the summit. Still some snow which requires some maneuvering leading to more difficult moves but they are short. No snow over to K49 or on the ridge coming off K49. There is snow to navigate when heading back into the basin but we were able to avoid it all just barely before or creek crossings 12.71 miles; 5,011' gain; 9 hours 20 min Start about 5:30am; Mt. Oklahoma 8:30am (15min break); Deer Mtn 10:45am; K49 12:30pm (20 min break); TH 3:00pm 
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Route: North Fork Lake Creek
Posted On: 2021-10-24, By: durkan
Info: Ascent from North Fork Lake Creek Trailhead. Snow began to really show itself around 11,850ft. Avoided it all by staying on the west side of the headwall, and then some snow around the lake but not bad. Ridge up had some snow between the rocks, but there was never enough to warrant gaiters or microspikes (traction could have been useful on the traverse to UN13737 and Champion; See champion report). We noticed on the drive in and the hike that most N and E facing aspects were holing the most snow in the area. 
Route: North Fork Lake
Posted On: 2021-06-20, By: Danger_D
Info: 98% snow free, and the snow that is there is on easy terrain. Before dawn the rough log bridge at roughly .5 miles was icy. The creeks are high right now so the creek crossing at 11,450' was kinda dicey. I opted for a sketchy slick rock jump, but if you take off your boots you'll be golden. Large parts of the trail are muddy or waterlogged still. No snow on the summit ridge, but the first 300 feet after the lake is loose and no fun, but gets much better after that 
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Route: From Lake Fork Creek
Posted On: 2021-06-12, By: Grover
Info: Backing up what @angry shared earlier this week. The trail has standing and running water on it, so it can be muddy in spots; I carried gaiters but did not use them. The multiple snowfields to cross in the upper basin, leading to the upper lake at ~12,500' are supportive. Above the lake, which has snow all around it still, the ridge to the summit is obvious. I highly recommend this route if you are looking for an outing. Flotation: Not necessary Spikes: Brought them, did not use them; saw others with them just going to the lake 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-10, By: angry
Info: From North Lake Creek: route is a combo of dry segments, standing water, mud and snow. Did not use traction/flotation. Once above the lake at ~12,500 it is dry to summit. 
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Route: Mt. champion to deer Mtn.
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: smartt
Info: Inch of fresh snow the night prior made conditions for this route very good. Used micro spikes from mt. Champion to UN 13,736 to Deer Mtn. Could not have asked for a better day in that weather and area. 
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Route: NW ridge from North Fork Lake TH
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Easy class 1 trail approach to the NW ridge of Deer. Ridge to the summit is probably a 2-2+ depending on your line to gain it. 
Route: Northeast Ridge and South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: supranihilest
Info: Northeast Ridge from Oklahoma is dry. From the saddle there's approximately 1,000 vert to the summit. The first 800 or so feet are steep but not too loose; stay to climber's right. The Class 3 scramble is short and on pretty friable rock, kind of junky stuff sandwiched with dirt. It's short though, maybe 10-20 feet. Above that is Class 2 terrain, then a short traverse on boulders to a short Class 3 dihedral/slab that I went over to the right about 20 feet up. Another traverse and climbing on super loose Class 2 took me to the final Class 4 slab, which was a bit more solid but still required testing of every hold. The rock was quite smooth. Fun scrambling to the short summit ridge. I descended the south ridge to "K 49", the vast majority of which is Class 2. There's a short Class 3 wall on junky white rock at the first major saddle, but that's about it as far as difficulty goes. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-06, By: WildWanderer
Info: Lots of cleared avalanche debris before the Massive turnoff. There's one more area of avy debris just after the 2 small stream crossings that hasn't been cleared. It's short, but wouldn't be fun to cross in the dark as there's no established path yet. North Halfmoon Creek is very low in the basin so I just walked on its rocks all the way to the end of the basin to avoid the willows. There was a light dusting of snow/ice on the summit because it snowed a bit on my hike in, making the final class 4 section "fun". Otherwise, clear conditions. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-27, By: desertdog
Info: I started at the North Lake Creek TH on Hwy 82 and hiked all the way to Deer's saddle on a good trail. Once at the saddle you climb up the west ridge. The bottom of the ridge has a small head wall to work around. This is the hardest part of the climb because it is so loose. Climbers right from the head wall (my ascent route) has a very loose climbers/game trail. Climbers left (my descent route) has some easy class 3 slabs, but is also loose in places. Once past this obstruction the climb becomes pretty easy class 2+. There are trail segments, but I stayed on the ridge most of the time. I clocked it at 10 miles RT. 
Route: From Champion
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: Just wanted to post some info on this traverse, starting at the lackawanna TH you can follow the same road up as towards Lackawanna, hang a left when it makes sense to get in the valley. Cross a stream then angle up and left towards treeline. You'll get to an old mining camp above treeline, then can go up Champion and UN 13,736. From 13,736, descend down to a low saddle towards Deer mtn A. You can bail off this ridge if needed to Lake creek. Otherwise continue up towards deer, there are a few sections of class 3ish terrain. Descend deer via the opposite ridge (class 2) to Frying pan/Lake creek saddle and walk a nice trail back to the trailhead 
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Route: Oklahoma/Deer/K 49 Loop
Posted On: 2018-06-24, By: JasonKline
Info: Other than one brief snow crossing below the summit of Oklahoma, snow was avoidable the entire loop of Oklahoma/Deer Mountain A/K 49 (including the tougher parts on Deer Mountain A). Ice axe and microspikes are unnecessary. 
Route: NW Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-30, By: jwinters
Info: Beautiful day on Deer Mountain, Pt. 13,736 and Mt. Champion from North Fork Lake Creek. Rocks on NW aspects were slick first thing, lots of sun got things melting, however. Snow not an issue on these peaks. The Southern Sawatch looks like it got hammered though... 
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