Chicago Lakes Trail

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Chicago Lakes Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Idaho Springs: Travel southwest on Highway 103 approximately 14 miles to Echo Lake Campground which is located at the intersection of Highway 103 and Highway 5 on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway. The trail begins at the Echo Lake Campground.

hiking
21 minutes ago

Fantastic views and a great challenge! There was only one snow patch towards he end of the path to the second lake but it was fun to slide down :) great hike! Highly recommend!

hiking
16 hours ago

1 day ago

Loved this hike! Beautiful the entire way!

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was very difficult. Had our group huffin and puffin but was so beautiful. The views were definitely worth it. Be careful with the rock scrambles and there is still snow on the trail closest to mt Evans but it was doable without spikes.

1 day ago

Great hike! I got a little lost around the first lake, but found the trail again. Definitely a more difficult hike, but can't beat the view up top! Still some snow up toward the second lake but got through it without spikes. Lots of muddy spots too-otherwise it's totally clear!

1 day ago

Great hike with amazing views, especially as you approach the last three miles. The route down to the first lake is unclear, had to bushwhacked through willows around the lake. To get up to the second lake the path was a lot easier and defined. Sunset views were great as I started the hike after 1 pm and still got back before dark.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike! Tons of people on the trail this time of year

hiking
2 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike! Definitely difficult but beautiful the entire way.

2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

FAVORITE HIKE EVER! I've done this hike a few times and love it each time! I always start at echo lake and make my way up to the very top of Mtn Evans parking lot-Beautiful and worth every step! Busy trail so try to go during week- take a nice lunch & eat at Chicago Lakes on the flat rocks -enjoy the scenery! Can't wait to go again!

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail. June 21 2017 and there was only a little snow (maybe 50' or so) to get to the upper lake. Didn't need any gear, just hiking boots to safely navigate over it.

4 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is beautiful. Parking was easy to find and the trail is very well marked. You start at echo lake and make your way to the trail head. The trail follows across a steep embankment for a while and then descends over several switchbacks to the creek. Once you cross the creek you are on a service road for about a mile and you get to the reservoir. Past the reservoir the trail starts back up again and gets fairly rocky and rough as you make your way up to the meadow. The views are incredible the entire way. Several river crossings later you are at the lower lake. There is a steep snow field required to make it to the upper lake which we opted out of for this hike. I definitely recommend waterproof hiking boots and pants if you are going to go close to the lake. There isn't really a clear path down to the water so we made our way through some scratchy brush to get to the water. Highly recommend this hike.

7 days ago

backpacking
7 days ago

Great trail with beautiful views. Fishing at the lower lake was great! There is still a small snow field to cross in order to get up to the second lake but its not bad. The trail was easy to follow and not that difficult. I will do this trail again.

hiking
7 days ago

Enjoyable hike. Some flowers, streams, and I believe, 3 Lakes from start to finish. Heard some kind of dogs in howling, sounded like coyotes but I'm new to CO, so I'm not completely sure.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago