Hell's Hole

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Hell's Hole is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.5 miles 1623 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running



wild flowers


Same as Hell's Hole from Idaho Springs; app wouldn't let me associate that trail. Fairly straightforward trail with no surprises. Best Aspens around. A few great views along the way. Beautiful meadow at the top. Trail just ends in middle of meadow, and Mt Evans is off to the left.

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4 months ago

Great hike overall. More demanding that I thought but pleased overall. Beautiful hike through Aspen Groves and the up past tree line. Will go back in the fall when Aspens are changing colors.

5 months ago

Lots of altitude gain in a short distance.

Gorgeous views and beautiful fall colors. 10-3-15

1 year ago

Beautiful and challenging hike with some decent camp spots near the trail head. Easily passable road with 2WD but a few big bumps that aren't easy to see, so watch out for those. Not a very busy route. Only saw ~10 people on the way up and back. Colors are changing already!! Glad I brought my trekking poles for the hike down... Windbreaker would be ideal for the summit as the wind picked up as we crested the hill to the lake.

1 year ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Super pretty!

3 years ago

Really enjoyed this trail! There's not much to it as far as difficulty but great for a beginner hiker or to take people from out of town; however, as of November 16th there has been some snow and since the trail is surrounded by a lot of trees not much sunlight is able to melt it so it is VERY SLIPPERY. Also, about 2.5 or so miles in we couldn't find the trail anymore (due to snow and having never hiked this previously.) All in all, it is very pretty with not a lot of foot traffic, so a nice alternative for denverites if they want to see beauty and get a workout in without having to share the trail with many other people, as they would in all the Boulder hikes, since it's under an hour away!