Idaho Springs Reservoir Via Chicago Lakes Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Idaho Springs Reservoir Via Chicago Lakes Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back 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 best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
813 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

snow

hiking
3 days 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

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9 days ago

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hiking
16 days 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.

19 days ago

hiking
20 days 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
25 days ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great trail!! 10/10 would recommend!

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

1 month 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 ;-)

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike with great views and scenery!