Chief Mountain Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, CO 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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
Gorgeous but a bit slippery with the snow and ice this past weekend.
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.
Very cool hike with 360 degree views at the top.
Excellent view with only a short hike.
Wonderful trail. I am 59 years old and not in shape...and I hiked to the top with several stops to catch my breath, but so worth it when you get to the top. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the aspens were brilliant yellow, which made for some great pictures. The trail itself, which is a constant incline was not bad at all to hike on, mostly roots at the bottom and then more rocky at the top, but still very walkable. Will do it again when I return to beautiful Colorado!!!
Great hike! I'm a new resident of Colorado and am fairly fit, but the trail still had me stopping every so often to catch my breath. The trail was easy to find and navigate and the views at the top were amazing! Highly recommend to anyone! The trail has lots of shade!
Great hike for my kids. Beautiful views, good exercise, but not too demanding for my six and nine-year-olds. Also, pretty promising for me, as a botanist. It's a bit late in the season, now, but there is a nice variety of plants up there.
Great moderate/ easy hike with a nice incline. Gorgeous views and nice and shady. Leaves are starting to turn for the fall.
First hike in Colorado and highly recommend it for those visiting. We ran into the kindest guy who said it best, "this trail/view is like getting a gourmet meal for only $1." The 360 views take your breath away and although I wouldn't label it easy for those not used to the attitude- take it slow and you will be glad you did :)
Nice, wide, relatively easy trail. Beautiful views at the top.
Hiked last Monday, love it there! It's a great hiking but not for little ones who may whine most of the way. Glad we left our kids at school so we can escape for a good amount of hike. My dog LOVE this trail. Fun to explore. Beautiful view on the top. Would come back again, again and again! Love it! The view on the top wow! Definitely a 360 degree view! If you want to challenge yourself with one of 14k peak, this is a good trial for you to practice.
We enjoyed our hike on this trail very much. Views were GORGEOUS at the top!!! The hike was a good hike for visitors to Colorado (not strenuous), but still felt like a decent leg workout when you were done. Because of the beautiful views, I'd definitely recommend checking it out, regardless of your hiking skill level!
Got there around 8:30 on a Sunday and only saw one other person on the trail - it was great! There were a lot of people on the way back down, though, so get there early to avoid crowds. Also, there is a shooting range on an adjacent mountain/hillside, so there is a lot of gun noise. Just FYI if you have a skittish pet.
SPECTACULAR view from top-360•. Took 1hr 10 min with gradual incline to top and 40 min down. Nice trail. Fairly easy. Trailhead tricky to find. It's about 1/2 mile after Echo Lake Lodge. If you get to a turnaround with an Echo Ski sign in the middle, you missed it by about 1/4 mile-go back! Very windy on top and so beautiful! Last 30 feet you need to boulder to top.