South Chicago Creek is a 3.6 mile out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible from December until February.
cross country skiing
Pretty hike through the woods but not much to look at once you're at the top.
The turns for the trail are: 1) 103 to Hefferman Gulch (good dirt road), 2) right at the first fork (rockier here but OK for SUV), 3) left at the next fork, 4) parking area and trailhead are reportedly a bit farther along from here. All turns except Hefferman Gulch are unmarked. As of Fall 2016, camping is prohibited for regrowth / forest maintenance. The area has been heavily abused and locals are tired of people tramping through their cabin yards. Even with the help of a kind local, we went wrong and ended up having a nice walk on a forest service road. We'll try again sometime. Pretty area.
Trail is fairly steep & rocky, beautiful & opens into a lovely meadow above tree line. The creek is nearby & I hiked on a Saturday morning & only saw 2 other hikers.