Chief Mountain Trail

EASY 285 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
1 day ago

I would not consider this trail easy. There is a quick elevation gain, but the view from the top is amazing.

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3 days ago

We did this hike yesterday and began around 9:15am. It is pretty much uphill the whole way so it's a great workout! The views on the way up are pretty, but the ones at the top are phenomenal!! The leaves are starting to change right now and it was absolutely breathtaking. I suggest bringing a hat or having something with a hood to cover your ears as well as long sleeves/a jacket because the wind at the top is really strong! This hike is so worth the cardio battle to the top!

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hiking
13 days ago

Fairly short and easy but pretty much up hill the whole way. Somebody commented summed it up perfectly "It's long enough you feel like you did something". Poor mans 14ers view at the top with out the effort.

walking
15 days ago

I loved the hike, except the altitude was really bad for me. I also thought that the rocks made the trail really hard. This was one of my first major hikes so it was hard, but it was definitely worth it! The views at the top were beautiful!! I would recommend it to everyone!

16 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes to suggest to people new to town. It's long enough you feel like you did something even if you aren't used to the elevation yet. Amazing views at the top of surrounding peaks.

17 days ago

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17 days ago

Nice hike. Views are amazing

20 days ago

Great hike when you want something quick with a great pay off or to bring-out-of-towners. It's a steady climb up but low mileage.

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