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.

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1 day ago

Gorgeous fall day to do this hike. Virtually no snow anywhere on the trail. Some small patches of ice and mud but nothing major - did not need to use the microspikes at all during the hike. Made it to the upper lake where it was a bit windy, but great views both at the top and along the hike. It was 10 miles round trip, with many sections that are virtually flat or have little gain. Be prepared for about a mile of uphill at the very end of your hike. Outhouses have no TP this time of year, so bring your own ;)

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3 days ago

10/14/17: started on trail about 9:30am. Parking lot was not as busy as we were expecting but definitely busier when we returned. Not many people on the trail despite a beautiful day. Some mud and small patches of snow on the trail but overall good conditions. The upper lake was very windy but still worth the hike up! 3 adults and 1 dog finished in about 4:30 with a few rest breaks.

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18 days ago

Amazing hike, worth every step!

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23 days ago

Wonderful hike! Perfect mix of snow, fog, and fall foliage. We went to Upper Chicago Lake, no Trail that I could see and it was a bit risky climbing it after crossing the waterfall. I wouldn't recommend the upper Lake. Overall great experience.

27 days ago

Love this hike, great stocked reservoirs and great trails for hiking, snowshoeing, running

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28 days ago

As a girl from sea level, this was a moderately difficult hike. Especially the last bit between the first and second lake. Gorgeous views

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29 days ago

Gorgeous lake. Hiked in October of 2016 and snow was on ground but bearable. You get to see 4 total lakes: 1 at the trailhead, 1 along the way, then the 2 chicago lakes!

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