South Chicago Creek

MODERATE 7 reviews
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South Chicago Creek is a 3.6 mile out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is best used from December until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.6 miles
1328 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing



10 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. Not much to see at the top. Lots of down trees in the trail. Mosquitoes were bad so be prepared. Water proof shoes recommended due to water on trail.

11 months ago

A rocky trail thru beautiful thick forest. It's a pretty trail that's uphill pretty much all the way and ends in the meadow opening. Not the most scenic hike ever but its was pleasant and not a lot of people on it.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pretty hike through the woods but not much to look at once you're at the top.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The turns for the trail are: 1) 103 to Hefferman Gulch (good dirt road), 2) right at the first fork (rockier here but OK for SUV), 3) left at the next fork, 4) parking area and trailhead are reportedly a bit farther along from here. All turns except Hefferman Gulch are unmarked. As of Fall 2016, camping is prohibited for regrowth / forest maintenance. The area has been heavily abused and locals are tired of people tramping through their cabin yards. Even with the help of a kind local, we went wrong and ended up having a nice walk on a forest service road. We'll try again sometime. Pretty area.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Trail is fairly steep & rocky, beautiful & opens into a lovely meadow above tree line. The creek is nearby & I hiked on a Saturday morning & only saw 2 other hikers.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015