Summit Lake to Upper Chicago Lake via Chicago Lakes Trail [CLOSED]

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Mount Evans Wilderness

Summit Lake to Upper Chicago Lake via Chicago Lakes Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and fishing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.4 miElevation gain1,174 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashFishingHikingNature tripsBird watchingLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeClosed
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INDEFINITE CLOSURE: As of March 2021, this trail is closed indefinitely. For more information, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD746971

Restrooms at Summit Lake trail head and at the peak of Mt. Evans.

It's very windy.

From Denver take I-70 W to CO-103 S Mt. Evans/Chicago Creek Rd in Idaho Springs. Take exit 240 from I-70 W. Follow CO-103 S 13 mi. Turn right onto CO-5 S at Echo Lake. Continue 9.0 mi to the Summit Lake parking lot.

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Monique Rivera
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HikingMuddyScramble

Such a good hike. We started down by echo lake at 8am and it was packed! You can try and drive to Idaho Springs Reservoir to avoid the clustered parking and cut distance off the 9miles. Still muddy and would arrive earlier than 8 to avoid heavy traffic.

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Shelley Zhao
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HikingIcyRocky

5/10/20 I hiked this starting from Echo Lake to Upper Chicago Lake so I started in the opposite direction. It's absolutely beautiful, the scenery here was the best part of my hike, but it's definitely very difficult, especially the gravely and sandy climb in the beginning quarter. There's still ice but it isn't too bad if you use spikes and the post holes of others as steps. Coming down wasn't much faster due to the precariousness of the footing. I believe it took me a little over 2 hours round trip, but I'm not a very strong hiker so you may be faster. Trekking poles helped with the footing. The summit loop from Mt Spalding to Mt Evans was looking treacherous with ice so I didn't attempt it. I saw another hiker who looked far more skilled than me also skip it.

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Andrea Earle
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HikingClosedIcy

Attempted to hike this trail on 4/25/20 but the road is closed for the season still. Walked on a trail near echo lake campground but went on wrong side of road that Chicago lake trail was on. Would wait until summer to try again

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Veronica Sparks
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Hiking

Nice little hike. Down near the upper Chicago lake there is a steep section of loose rock and gravel, but otherwise it’s a nice little hike

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Brian Aden
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Fishing

Hiked down to Lower Chicago Lake. Tons of smaller cutthroat trout but nothing with any size. Caught well over 60 fish in just a few short hours fishing the inlet to the lake with ants and scuds.

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Ian Armstrong
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Jessica Jayo
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HikingRocky

You start above 12,000 ft And head straight down, so the climb back up is absolutely brutal. Encourage you to bring poles for help. Beautiful trail, breathtaking views. Patches of snow no need for snow shoes or spikes.

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Jim VP
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First to Review

A beautiful hike with breathtaking inner canyon views. Not for the timid, as it's quite steep with loose scree in spots. When we hiked this on June 20, 2019 there were still a few areas with snow and ice. Not enough to cause serious problems. Trekking poles are highly recommended.

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Andrew Kuzmen
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ELIJAH ORR
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Christina Nicole
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Lindsey Pederson
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Jenny Trawick
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Matthew Suda
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Maddy Leiter
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Julie Coulter
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Peter Klingman
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Mike Bolsinger
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Ashley Teliska
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Tori Bear
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Josh Ezell
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Tom Wehr
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Melissa Wheeler
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Melanie Ravey
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