Squaw Mountain Trail

EASY 66 reviews
#30 of 138 trails in

Squaw Mountain Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
849 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

7 days ago

Took my 4Runner up but the gate is still closed. All snow has been melted as of 3 days ago..

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10 days ago

I can’t comment on the trail itself because we never actually got to it. We went May 7 and it was snow covered. The reason for the bad review is because you have to drive up a bad road to get to the trailhead. Once there, you discover you are at a shooting range and people aren’t even staying within the posted areas to shoot. Doesn’t make for a good trip when your children are frightened and your baby starts crying because of the gunfire.

1 month ago

A quick hike to the fire tower. As of 3/31 the trail was covered with about 4 inches of snow but able to be hiked in tennis shoes.

1 month ago

This was a fun, quick hike that we paired with Chief Mountain. We didn't know about the shooting range, though, and that really sucked the fun out of it. The fire tower is very cool! There's some snow and icy patches as of 3/24, but nothing dangerous. I lost one of my Yak Trax on the way down without realizing it, hope someone can use it!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike along the forest road. Limited views until you get to the top. Was snowing when we got there but amazing views of Denver and the lowlands

4 months ago

A great hike to let doggies run around. There was some snow but the road was easy to walk on. The climb to the lookout tower was steadily steep but not too exhausting. The lookout tower is awesome. You can rent it out and pretty much sleep under the stars.

Do the look out tower. We messed up and went in winter and almost died, but most memorable hike and stay.

8 months ago

Sick views

8 months ago

The shooting was quite annoying, but the views at the top are great... wide road all the way.

hiking
8 months ago

I was amazed at the views. We've done some neat hikes out here and I was even blown away when we reached the top. Very easy hike. Almost not sure if I would call it a hike. Walk up a dirt road up to somewhat of a trail. Brought out of town visitors and didn't want to overwhelm them with a too strenuous of a hike. They did great and love the views at the top. There is a shooting range that you'll go past so that was a little noisy obviously, but not very active on a Saturday morning. Then at the top there a little fire station that is now rented out to people. So I would just advise not lingering there too long, but there are other boulder mounds you can climb up and see the best 360 view of the surrounding mountains. Just breath taking. We brought the pups with. They loved it. Saw under 10 people during the whole hike. Will be bringing more out of town family here.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike, 1.5 hours out and back. All on 4x4 road. Unfortunately there is a shooting range half way up. So don't expect a peaceful experience. We went on a Sunday morning. Not sure if it's open every day though. Great views from the tower at the top.

11 months ago

Tight

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Great views! Short hike but expect an incline. There is still snow on the trail

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Really nice views up there! Worth the hike!

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Lovely views from the top, and not too strenuous a hike, I am in town visiting a friend for the weekend and not used to the altitude but I didn't have a problem with this hike, I just went slow on the way up. Snow was packed on the trail but I was able to make it in my tennis shoes - only sank a few times when I wine off the path. The view from the lookout was amazing and it was very windy at the top, but the rest of the hike was calm. The biggest downside was people firing guns not far from the trailhead entrance on the way back - it was loud and one group was a little rowdy and smelled of weed, but I suppose that isn't too rare in Colorado.

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

With packed snow this was a great, quick hike. What a view from the top, you can even see Denver in the East.

hiking
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

An okay hike, not long at all but a little tough when there's a lot of snow. Today there was about 4-5 inches with some parts reaching up to my knees. Views at the top were amazing however it was extremely windy. Power lines were a bit of a disappointment and like a couple other reviews say, it was more of a service road than a trail. Overall I would definitely hike again

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nice little hike with a constant climb, and the payoff is immense. A command view of the Divide from the Mummy Range to Pikes. Saying this is a trail though is kind of a stretch, it is the service road to the Squaw Mtn. Fire Lookout Tower. Once at the top be sure to take the "trail" towards the North as well as the one to the Tower. The one going North ends up at a point of rocks which you can see West, North, and East without an obstructed view, just simply stunning.

I gave it 2 stars because, one, it's a road, and second, there is a riffle range about half way up, and while there is nothing wrong with that, the noise reverberates through the valley, and it's kind of annoying when hiking. If it didn't have such a beautiful view at the top, it would've gotten no stars. The view from the top though makes this a must do.

hiking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Recreational shooting is allowed in the area and it occurs right near the trail. Apart from safety concerns and the debris that gets left behind, I would not recommend this trail for any dog that is skittish. I prefer Chief Mountain right next to it.

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

It's a little rough when it's super snow covered and you can't go into the house if it's being rented, but the views are gorgeous!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

It was a very easy hike. After this hike, I hiked up the Chief Mountain summit. There was not enough snow to snowshoe. I just used some traction devices.

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