Hells Hole Trail

MODERATE 109 reviews
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Hells Hole Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1961 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

This is a very popular trail leading up into the glacial cirque known as Hells Hole. Traveling along West Chicago Creek, the trail climbs for a mile to a bench above and west of the creek. The trail continues climbing less steeply, through lodgepole forest and into the bristlecone pines. The trail ends at timberline in Hell's Hole, in an open meadow at the base of Grey Wolf Mountain

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5 days ago

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12 days ago

Beautiful start, lush green aspen forests... steep inclines mixed with more mellow sections. Well trodden trail, never hard to stay on it. Probably beautiful in the fall. Bugs weren't bad at all in early August. Plenty of backcountry camping.

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19 days ago

After a couple of years decided to start hiking at 3:00 a.m., "is nice to get there with sunrise "

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20 days ago

I loved the hike, the diversity of trees from Aspen, to Blue Spruce, Penderosa Pine, and more. Look for a magical tree that reminds you of a string instrument. And don't forget the variety of mountain flowers. You will spot Indian Paint Brushes, Blue Bells, and several other beautiful mountain flowers. The trail needs a new name though.

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22 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

destination is a high mountain meadow with small ponds and a Creek. The bowl rises up on all sides and is very pretty. Great old trees...

hiking
1 month ago

Pack bug spray for this one! The first 2/3 were packed with biting flies and mosquitos. Otherwise, it was a quick and relatively easy hike. Poles would have come in handy for the steeper and more loose sections.

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1 month ago

The trail is beautiful, but pretty tough. the first 2 miles are straight up, the next two are a little nicer but still up. Getting down is just as bad, lots of steep places with loose gravel. Trail is pretty rocky with lots of sun and bugs. Amazing workout, you will be sore, esp your feet.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The trail head sign is a little hard to find you have to walk through the camp ground but the trail is very easy to spot. Great walk through the aspens at the beginning of the trail. The first 2/3 is pretty shady.

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1 month ago

Great day for a hike and a great trail with our new rescue dog. But more often than not the other dog owners had their dogs off leash which makes it really hard for a dog in training. I know you say your dog is friendly but there is a leash law for a reason. I can respect very well voice trained dogs off leash but 50 feet away from you in my dogs business is not well trained. Sorry to vent but this was the only negative to an otherwise wonderful day. Posting a picture of the rules from the trailhead sign in case you missed it.

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1 month ago

Hiked this trail last Wednesday-if you can go during week it's worth it! I think we saw possibly 8 other hikers up and back along the trail. I would rate the hike as more easy than moderate. A little bit of snow and a few muddy spots along the trail. Some cooler wind gusts at times but much fun!

hiking
1 month ago

No snow. About 3 places where you'd appreciate having waterproof shoes.
I left at 7:30 am on a Wednesday and didn't see a soul until I was coming back, and then just a handful of people. I strongly recommend weekdays if you can swing it.
Classic hike. A couple of gorgeous bristlecone pine trees at the cirque.