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Squaw Mountain Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 862 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

Great trail. steady incline throughout. lots of gnats at the top of the lookout and picnic table.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views and not too crowded. Gravel and wide path al the way to the top.

hiking
2 days ago

Did this trail today, and would probably call it moderate over easy due to the incline up to the top. You’re on a wide gravel path all the way up and then gorgeous views at the top with a tower. The hike itself was mediocre but worth it for the views at the top. Passed about 2 other people (arrived around 2:00 on a Friday afternoon) but the trail was very wide with plenty of room to social distance. Not much shade on the way up.

hiking
8 days ago

Relatively easy hike up a gravel road resulting in great views. Easy to socially distance on this trail unlike some other trails nearby.

hiking
11 days ago

The hike and the views were beautiful! Sadly, there were shotgun shells (despite many signs disallowing firearms) and lots of trash the whole way up.

hiking
11 days ago

No more snow. The trail is dry. Amazing close up view of Mt Evans at the top. You can see from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak and also see Denver. Windy and cold at the top. Lots of great rock scrambles to climb on the summit. The fire lookout tower is so interesting! You can drive farther up past the trailhead if you want to shorten the hike some. I went in the afternoon on a weekday and didn’t hear any shooting.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice trail with amazing views at the top. There’s a shooting range about 1/2 mile in so be aware it can be loud. The trail is more of a rocky road but nice.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice hike but underestimated the shooting ranges. The trail walks you close by and our dogs got pretty scared. Might have been better to turn around so we didn't have to pass again on the way back. In particular, an assault rifle going rapid fire was intense to hear close up. Great views up top but don't think we'll do this one again.

hiking
icy
snow
29 days ago

Beautiful hike! Dog had a great time. Little windy and cold at top. Awesome views.

Spectacular

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Insanely good trail. Suggest parking to east of trailhead (road entrance) on the north side of 103. There is a ton of snow on side of road right where the trail starts. Trail packed down. Can do it without spikes, but might have them in the pack. Once at top keep following the road all the way to the north -- to the last building and antenna. When you get to this building, do a 180 degree turn and you will see a small way up to the rock backbone. This is not to be missed. Views from up there are outstanding, especially to the east.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and gradual trail. About 4 miles round trip with a heavily trafficked & packed down trail. There is a great reward at the end as you reach a fire lookout tower. Be aware that there are a couple shooting ranges in the area so gunshots can be heard while hiking. Currently Clear Creek County has issued a fire ban so there wasn’t any shooting while we were there.

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

I loved this trail. Even though it's rated easy, with the snow it's a good moderate workout because of the incline. At the summit you reach a fire lookout which is cool and amazing views. Quite windy! Beware of parking on Squaw Pass Road; I got an $87 ticket. It looks like you can legally park near the Echo Mountain sign and then walk the road west to the trailhead. I used snowshoes which I would recommend.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Nothing overly complicated. gorgeous views at the top. ...I world say snow shoes are recommended. Went with just microspikes but def wanted the snowshoes.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Mostly snow packed trail. Micros/yaks help but not necessary.

hiking
3 months ago

I've hiked this trail probably a dozen times, usually for sunrise and it's always worth it! I know it's been mentioned a lot, but please be aware that this is a designated target shooting area, one of very few in the area and the only one easily accessible in the winter. So just keep in mind that dealing with gunfire sounds is definitely a possibility. If you want to get some almost guaranteed peace and quiet, check out chief mountain which is just down the road from squaw!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Limited parking. I arrived around 9:30 and got the last spot. The trail has a slow, steady incline so it wasn’t overly taxing. The snow is mostly packed. I used spikes and only post holed once or twice on the way back down. It’s supposed to snow again soon so you might want to pack snowshoes. I could’ve used them in a few spots. Great views at the top! I didn’t encounter anyone doing target practice so it was peaceful. No signs of wildlife. Overall a good, safe trail

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was packed with snow but not deep enough for snowshoes. Spikes worked just fine. And the fire tower is a nice destination at the end. I (and my dog) could have done without the shooters doing target practice by the side of the trail. It was loud and jarring for a skittish dog, so just be aware that this is a possibility.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

The entire trail is snow-packed, but we didn’t have any trouble doing it wearing hiking boots. The snow is soft enough you don’t slide around, but if you have spikes this trail would be great for them. Beautiful day, but the wind at the top was no joke. Still got to take in the glorious views, but didn’t hang around too long because it was so windy. It’s definitely a steady incline the entire way, so if you think the rating of easy means mostly flat, I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. Going to look into reservations for the fire lookout, what an incredible place to stay a night or two!

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed the trail itself. The views from the top were nice enough. We hiked this 3 weeks ago (Jan. 5) with micro spikes and they were perfect for the amount of snow. However, about 1/2 mile up the trail there’s an area that is clearly designated for target shooting, and it must be well known because there were multiple groups up there even in the snow. It was miserable trying to hike with our panicking dog, because the shooting was very audible for most of the hike. It wasn’t my idea of a peaceful hike, and I was surprised that there was no mention of this on AllTrails or at the trailhead. If you have a dog who is afraid of gunshot noises, this trail is not for you.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Good quick peaceful hike. Road was packed down enough that you can get by with just boots, had spikes which made things easier. Even though you can’t go all the way to the top of the fire house lookout the views are still beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was in great shape 1-18-20. We choose to snow shoe but could have totally gotten away with spikes or really good hiking boots. I didn’t realize it is literally straight up hill, glad we did it. Good workout, peaceful, met wonderful people and puppies on the trail. Will be returning again.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike on 01-18-20! We did a sunrise hike and it wasn’t too windy going up. Snow packed most of the way. No spikes needed for earlier hikers. Windy near top, beautiful views. Easy to access. You can’t go to the actual fire house itself since you need to make reservations in order to access it. That’s the only bummer. Started a little after 6am and back to our cars by 8am!

hiking
4 months ago

Great conditions on 1/11/2020. Trail was fairly packed down and the views were stunning

hiking
4 months ago

Walk up and down is more of a drivable trail, but in the snow, was gorgeous. Climb to the top of the rock mountain- amazing amazing views.

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