Idaho Springs Reservoir Via Chicago Lakes Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews
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Idaho Springs Reservoir Via Chicago Lakes Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

snow

5 days ago

Great hike, super peaceful w beautiful views. The last mile was a little tricky because the snow was kinda deep and slushy- but we were fine w just hiking boots the whole time. Stopped and hung out at the bridge over the creek for awhile and it was very peaceful. Saw very few other people

hiking
19 days ago

A lot of snow, but packed down and easy to hike. Amazing views. Not busy.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Ups and downs! Pretty snowy but it was packed down well. Some sections of small slippery areas on the path that are along a cliff so a little difficult at time but this trail was definitely worth it for the views!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful place to hike! We went 3/12 early in the morning. We did not do the full loop at the end as the wind picked up, but it was still a wonderful hike. We did read the recommendations to wear yaktrax but we did not, wished we would have at times but it was still doable without them, just need to be careful with the ice!

1 month ago

I did this hike on 3/8, it was a little windy but an otherwise gorgeous day. Didn’t see too many other people out hiking.

Trail is snow packed and flooded/frozen over in spots. Snowshoes are not necessary but micro spikes are definitely helpful.

1 month ago

Spikes were very useful on hike out. Beautiful day in Idaho springs

1 month ago

A beautiful hike!! Definitely need Yaktrax for now.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Not enough snow to truly snowshoe - trail was pretty packed the first part and got super fun and deep back by the actual reservoir. We need snow!!!

hiking
2 months ago

it was so pretty! Definitely would have been easier with snowshoes, I did really enjoy it. Not overly crowded, nice short hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on a Saturday in January. Trailhead begins at the very touristy Echo Lake. When we pulled up and saw all of the cars we were admittedly bummed, but 90% of the visitors were just there to see the lake. The actual trail was pretty quiet. No need for snowshoes, microspikes were fine. In fact, there's a rather narrow ridge within the first mile, and it looked difficult to navigate in snowshoes. A pretty hike and a great workout! We hope to continue past the reservoir to Chicago Lake next time!

hiking
4 months ago

This was the first hike I did when I moved to Colorado and it did not disappoint. Back in September, it was warm and the leaves were just beginning to change. Definitely worth going all the way up to Chicago Lake, it reminded me of the Maroon Bells in Aspen, but closer to Denver.

5 months ago

Didn't make it. There's quite a bit of snow and we couldn't find the trail

6 months ago

Highly recommend! Very easy hike with great views!

6 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike. Just the right amount of difficulty. Definitely bring layers and lots of water because the temp can change quickly. Went last weekend when it was warmer so the temp may be dramatically different now though. Great trail for dogs too, but should be in decent shape to make a few of the more difficult climbs. Will definitely be doing this one again!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views and moderate trail. Only downside was the trail around the reservoir is gone. I tried hiking around and ended up in a lot of brush and smelly mud!

hiking
7 months ago

Going down was super easy! But coming back up is pretty difficult if your legs are not strong.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, beautiful views, a few streams to get water out of, and of course the reservoir Itself, great snow shoe in the winter, easy terrain

hiking
8 months ago

There were a lot of people on the trail including lots of dogs and even little kids. This is uphill on the way back. There is a nice waterfall about 2/3 of the way to the reservoir.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail and the reservoir is a hidden gem! Make sure to park at Echo Lake and then take the Chicago Lakes trail which will take you directly to the reservoir.

hiking
9 months ago

Good views throughout the hike. A ton of flies. The hike was definitely longer than 3.5 miles. My map my run said it was 5.1 for the out and back, maybe we followed the wrong trail.

9 months ago

Great trail!! 10/10 would recommend!

hiking
9 months ago

Great views the whole way. On the easy side of Moderate. Would be a great first hike for people who are visiting from out of state. It shouldn't cause altitude sickness, but it's right up there with the peaks. Good water supply everywhere for the dog in the middle of July. Highly recommend this one for a short relatively easy hike.

9 months ago

A little bit of everything. Nice views of the mountains, a river pass and of course the reservoir did not disappoint. Slight elevation gain but nothing too strenuous. Watch out for big rocks and hiking in the wet weather. Plus, don't let the first lake fool you when you get to the trail head. Hike 1.5 miles and you will find your destination ;-)

9 months ago

Gorgeous views, lots of wild flowers, and the fish jumping out of the reservoir are great too. You can follow the road up to Evans Wilderness aka Chicago Lakes Trail continues up past. I didn't make it all the way up to Chicago Lakes but overall an amazing hike. I'll be back.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views and scenery!

Monday, February 20, 2017

This trail was pretty icy and narrow at parts. Ended up turning around and wouldn't recommend it for a solo hike with all of the current ice.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

it was a great hike. nobody else on the trail, great view. but wish we would have had snow shoes.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's a very beautiful area. Backpacking in and out is a little difficult.

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