Chief Mountain Trail

EASY 201 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.

hiking
19 hours ago

It's a great half day hike with great 360 views at top.
About 3 miles round trip. Not to difficult. The drive is also very nice. Great place for a quick with out of town guests

hiking
20 hours ago

Super fun out and back trail! Back's easier than the out ;) I'd rate it an easy to moderate trail. As stated in previous reviews, out-of-towners may have a harder time with the altitude. Come early or later in the day, as parking is limited and fills up quickly. Happy hiking!!

hiking
23 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Fun hike + amazing views. If you start on Squaw Pass Rd it's only about a 3 mile round-trip hike (even though the sign at the trailhead says 2.4 miles to the summit). The trail is completely dry and snow-free right now.

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hiking
2 days ago

Nice hike, easy mileage and you park around 10600ft so your car does most of the work for you. Another thousand feet ascent through a pretty forest with glimpses of the surrounding hills and you're at the peak. 6/24/17 trail is dry from bottom to top.

walking
2 days ago

We enjoyed great views, but it was a bit of an incline. Closer to moderate than easy.

hiking
2 days ago

Amazing view at the top! This is a perfect hike for dogs and is relatively easy. The hike is 2.8 miles total, instead of 2.8 miles up and then 2.8 miles back. The drive up to the trailhead is quite curvy and the trailhead is located between mile markers 18 and 19.

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hiking
5 days ago

Good easy hike this morning. We had the top of the mountain to ourselves this morning (8:30) but passed a lot of people on there way up an hour or so later (so go early). Beautiful views from the top. I guess this hike could be done in 1.5 hours but more realistically this is a 2.5 hour up and back hike.

BTW, If you lost the keys to your Mazda, they are at the base of the trail maker (just off the road)

6 days ago

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6 days ago

A relatively short hike to reach a nice summit above the timber line. Good views of peaks all around.

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