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 is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until November.

8.7 miles 1971 feet Out & Back

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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
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hiking
6 days ago

On March 17, 99% of the trail was snow packed. I made it to the lower lake with yak tracks (although warm spring weather meant I fell through the snow a few times), and couldn't make it to the upper lake without snowshoes. The trail is a beast in snow. Bring poles and prepare for a slower pace. The lower lake was frozen solid. The last mile uphill on your way home is tiring.

hiking
12 days ago

Gorgeous and challenging!

12 days ago

Gorgeous and challenging!

16 days ago

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snowshoeing
23 days ago

cliffs....... drop offs....... not for the weak....... prepare 4.5 hrs min

hiking
1 month ago

snowshoeing
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this back in the fall of 15 and took our fly rods. It was a great time, but we only made it to the lower lake. On my list to go back to and make the trek to the upper lake.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

I couldn't get to the final lakes. First time here. It isn't easy, definitely it is hard.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Completed this trail today. Looks like nobody has snowshoed since the snowstorm. Got lost a few times and had to redirect ourselves until we found the trail again. It was a very VERY tough hike but it was worth it. As others have stated, you start off going down for about the first mile which made it strenuous going back up the last mile. Took us about 6 hours round trip but I am a slow snowshoer.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

10.05 miles to the 2nd lake. 4 hours 33 minutes.
Fresh snow on the ground in early November. Great hike, very scenic.
Snow added some dicey moments on the descent.
A few steep parts, but not a very difficult hike. Enjoy.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike offering everything you can possibly want. It starts off a little strange....you actually hike DOWN about a mile or so at the start of the hike, going deep into the canyon. From there, you work your back up to the two Chicago Lakes. I would estimate that this hike is more like 11 miles round trip, instead of 8.7. Bring some snacks and make sure you have enough water. Absolutely one of the best hikes you can do.

hiking
4 months ago