Squaw Mountain Trail is a 3.4 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 March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Nice little hike with a constant climb, and the payoff is immense. A command view of the Divide from the Mummy Range to Pikes. Saying this is a trail though is kind of a stretch, it is the service road to the Squaw Mtn. Fire Lookout Tower. Once at the top be sure to take the "trail" towards the North as well as the one to the Tower. The one going North ends up at a point of rocks which you can see West, North, and East without an obstructed view, just simply stunning.
I gave it 2 stars because, one, it's a road, and second, there is a riffle range about half way up, and while there is nothing wrong with that, the noise reverberates through the valley, and it's kind of annoying when hiking. If it didn't have such a beautiful view at the top, it would've gotten no stars. The view from the top though makes this a must do.
Recreational shooting is allowed in the area and it occurs right near the trail. Apart from safety concerns and the debris that gets left behind, I would not recommend this trail for any dog that is skittish. I prefer Chief Mountain right next to it.
It's a little rough when it's super snow covered and you can't go into the house if it's being rented, but the views are gorgeous!
It was a very easy hike. After this hike, I hiked up the Chief Mountain summit. There was not enough snow to snowshoe. I just used some traction devices.