Chief Mountain Trail

EASY 258 reviews
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Chief Mountain Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado 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 best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1023 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Idaho Springs: Exit I-70 in Idaho Springs at exit 240. Go south on Colorado Highway 103. The trailhead is located 5 miles east of Echo Lake on Colorado Highway 103.

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4 days ago

The main downside was hearing the shooting range on the hike. The view at the top was fairly nice though.

5 days ago

Easy and scenic hike with amazing 360 views at the top.

hiking
5 days ago

relatively easy hike up...trail was marked pretty well and for a Saturday afternoon not too busy. friendly folks along the hike. we loved it and will probably come back again. there is a gun range nearby which made it not so peaceful of a hike..however great 360° views once you get to the top!

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6 days ago

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8 days ago

Great steady incline. Unfortunately the clouds were too low so i didnt have much visibility. But it looks like from other peoples pics on a clear day this is awesome. Parking is on the other side of the street! Only saw 1 other couple and no animals!

9 days ago

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11 days ago

Great warm up for a 14er. Steady incline that is more moderate. Two hours up and back with plenty of time to enjoy wonderful views up top. Went on a Saturday morning. No problems parking. Route was busy but not crowded. Mildly annoyed by the constant gunfire from the nearby shooting range.

hiking
12 days ago

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12 days ago

On the harder side of easy. Great views at the top and plenty of places to chill and have a picnic. Lots of parking, even on a Saturday. Dogs allowed. Lots if hikers, but never felt crowded.

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13 days ago

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14 days ago

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14 days ago

This should definitely be rated moderate instead of easy. Continuous uphill, but not as bad as it sounds considering gain. Climb to the top of the boulders at the peak and have a snack. 360 view!

15 days ago

Very quick and easy but great views.

hiking
16 days ago