Chief Mountain Trail

EASY 126 reviews
#5 of 107 trails in

Chief Mountain Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles 1023 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Idaho Springs: Exit I-70 in Idaho Springs at exit 240. Go south on Colorado Highway 103. The trailhead is located 5 miles east of Echo Lake on Colorado Highway 103.

hiking
17 days ago

Made it up and down in an hour! Nice winter trail run, snow was packed nicely. Super great view!!

hiking
29 days ago

A fairly easy hike with great views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views at the top! Nice moderate hike even with snow on the ground.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike, would definitely call it intermediate though. Pretty tough and hairy at the top

2 months ago

Easy hike, excellent view at top.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Relatively short and easy hike, but the views at the top are absolutely amazing. I went on a Monday morning and was able to get a parking space (very limited parking, btw)

The hiking app I use and my watch stated it was 2.8 miles one way. I thought it was supposed to be 2.8 miles round trip. Didn't bother me at all, but figured it might be useful info for someone else.

Definitely a must do hike!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was perfect for an afternoon hike. The view at the top was breathtaking, no matter what direction you looked. Easy trails, but a good 3-mile workout. Will definitely be visiting again!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little hike with great views from the top. Afterwards we headed over to Idaho Springs from some beers at the Outbound and Down Brewery. Overall it was a great day.

The only negative is the amount of crowds and limited parking on a Sunday in October so I cannot imagine the crowds in the summer. If you are looking for mountain solitude this is not the hike for you.

2 months ago

3 months ago

just completed this trail still very little snow if any one trial! always a great little hike, if you want can easily hit squaw half mile down road

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Gorgeous but a bit slippery with the snow and ice this past weekend.

3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

got engaged at the top today, and can honestly say its the perfect spot. easy hike and sublime views. quick drive from Denver. Also - Aspens are really glowing this time of year.