Explore the most popular forest trails near Georgetown with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did it with a stock 2018 Polaris RZR 1000 XP. Definitely three tight spots that I was glad I was only 64" wide. But gorgeous views along the way!

off road driving
10 days ago

Awesome trail. Incredible views. I did it in a stock Tacoma TRD Off Road. Up Saxon Mountain and down Crescent Creek. Quite a few narrow spots and tricky rock obstacles. Spotter recommended.

We did this as our first 14er! Definitely recommend taking 2 cars and having someone park at the summit to drive you back down if you’re not used to log hikes. Towards the end the trail is nearly invisible and you must follow the cairns. Wonderful views! We did this with our two dogs, I would recommend not taking your pups on this one. At many points we had to hoist them up on rocks and then ourselves, which was extra draining.

This was a fantastic trail! The only tricky part is that the trail is not well marked when you hit the first of the two Chicago Lakes. The trail goes to the right of the lake and there is a fork in the trail that is pretty easy to miss. The portion of the trail that looks more travelled goes to the right and ends up in a huge boulder/scree field with tons of brambles. (I unfortunately took this route and ended up searching for the trail for quite some time while having to carry my dog through the tricky sections). The correct trail goes to the LEFT at the fork and goes below the boulder field. It is a bit overgrown and muddy, but definitely beats the first route. It is a long trail, so be sure to ration your water. I unfortunately only make it to the upper Chicago Lake because of weather coming in, but I am going to attempt it again to get to the summit lake.

I don't think I did the same trail, I started from Echo Lake below treeline. Definitely an awesome workout with amazing views! I loved seeing Chicago Lakes to Summit Lake all the way up to the summit. No snow on the trail, just a bit muddy near Chicago Lakes. Going this route is perfect for a half day summit.

Happy hiking!!

off road driving
1 month ago

The view from the top is definitely worth the very rocky ride up. Recommend airing down for a smoother ride. Nothing too difficult, one contact with rock slider. Drive a 1999 Mitsubishi Montero built for overlanding. The drive down into Georgetown is filled with switchbacks and a good amount of traffic, although it was Memorial Day weekend. We started this trail off of Cascade Creek Trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

Grew up riding in rocky Pennsylvania. This trail kick our butts, but it was well worth the climb. Trail is clear and good to go all the way to the top. Great view from up there

Great Hike! Still a little snowy on the backside of Evans but there are snow footpaths to see where the trail leads.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful

The mileage is more like 12 miles from Echo lake to Summit Lake. It’s absolutely beautiful. If you take this route, the last mile is a difficult steep incline so save your energy and water for it.

off road driving
7 months ago

Fun trail went up Saxon then down cascade creek. Very bumpy trail with a few tight spots. Iced out road was an issue. We were lucky to have someone on the other side to help us across.

I took this route on the way down, from Cascade Creek went to the peak of the mountain turned around then went to goerge town. Had to cross a Iced out road, Lil sketchy, then the route down the mountain, was close call coming within inches of a sheer cliff, making it exciting as ever. Dont take a wide vehicle on this people.

off road driving
8 months ago

...bouncy and jarring 95% of the way.... high clearance only.. a few spots are tricky ... 1 spot is pretty scary..

Short and sweet. Probably wouldn’t make the trip from Denver just for this hike because it was pretty short, but would be great if hitting a couple of hikes in this area. I would rate this hike as easy. Snow makes portions slippery and it’s much colder by the water. You will need layers and gloves. Took about an hour from lake to reservoir.

I love this app

off road driving
9 months ago

Came down this trail after going up to Saxon from cascade creek trail. 2015 power wagon on Toyo 35s down to about 40. Got some body damage from a too tight squeeze. Going to try again from Georgetown. Fun trail. Pushed my limits.

off road driving
10 months ago

The first few miles has pretty views and it's fun. After that the road just gets narrower and the cliffs higher, still pretty unless you are afraid of heights. I used a spotter a couple of times when I had to go around boulders where the road narrowed. I only bottomed out once and the skid plates did their job. We Aired down to 10psi and my butt thanked me later.
Driving a 1980 CJ-5, 31" tires and hubby drove 2017 Rubicon, 35" tires.

Really pretty views the first half of the hike. Took us about an hour to reach the second lake. The only downfall was the trail was fairly crowded and there were several large groups of kids on the trail. If you're hiking for the solitude this probably isn't the right trail but it's a great one for views!

Chicago lakes beautiful, steep climb up to see summit lake.

off road driving
11 months ago

First don't waste time going up to the Mt. Evans Ranger Station, no good detailed maps. Started the trail on the Mt. Evans side planning to end in Georgetown. Trail started off fairly easy off the main road. Great views the entire time. The closer you get to the summit the tougher it gets, and then there is the down hill into town.... this is definitely a butt kicker to say the least. Lots of places to stop and take a breather and take in the views. At the summit you will get the best cell service you have ever had.

off road driving
Sunday, May 07, 2017

This one is my favorite! I've been coming since high school. little obstacles, not packed (hopefully it stays that way).

off road driving
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

This trail is definitely challenging! First off, most people won't believe it but I managed to get to the top of Saxon Mountain in a VW Passat 4motion! It's got a a 2-inch lift and slightly bigger tires. The first part of the trail went without a hitch, which made me think it was a piece of cake, until a series of obstacles presented themselves and became indeed treacherous. The first in line was that rock fall on the inner side, leaving very little space to pass. 2 options, scratching your car or falling off the cliff. As mentionned before, a spotter could have been useful but I stepped out of the car at least 10 times to make sure I wasn't going into one of the aforementionned situations. Then that switchback that has rocks and debris on the outter side leaving not option but taking it on the inside. The consequence is a very steep approach angle. I had to use my offroad traction aid to pull this off. Then a very rocky stretch but overall fine. The ultimate show stopper is that rockfall probably a bit passed halfway in the trail. My god, I was debating if I was turning back but the thought of going back through all of the obstacles made me work on this one for over one and a half hour. The strategy ultimately was to reconfigure the trail by moving rocks with my hands and some bigger ones using a shovel as a lever. It was intense. Altitude symptoms also kicked in for me as I'm not used to this. Eventually I passed it only to hit 2 more passages that would have required locking diffs. The solution for me was to pass an inch-away from the cliff. After that, I completed my ascension to the top in the dark. I spent the night there and woke up to magnificient views, alone at 12000ft. What an adventure! Be ready, bring a lot of water, recovery gear and so on. The return through the trails behind the mountains was almost as challenging. I finally got out and went to my train ride/oktoberfest in Georgetown! The beer was good!

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

amazing views!

rock climbing
Sunday, October 16, 2016

First off this was a bitch that kicked me in the ball sack. The trail starts off quite rocky and continues that way until the size of the boulders increases. At one point I swear I had one tire on the very edge of the mountain cliff. This trail is not for the faint of hearted I believe it ascends around 3000 feet. I drove up confidently in a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with all the bells and whistles. I had just swapped out my very bald stock tires for some slick BFGoodrich KO 2 all terrain tires so I thought I would be able to concur anything right? I was wrong. I came to a section of the road where the road narrowed quite significantly. To one side of the road was a big ass boulder and the other side was the side of the mountain. Needless to say I was hugging the boulder side of the road and inadvertently scraped the side of the jeep. Once I proceeded past the damage I continued on to ascend the road. After again ascending up the treacherously rocky road I continued to a point that was a real ball breaker. The road switched back to the left and was quite steep. I continued on after quite a struggle to ascend the steep grade. I then found myself up on a small rock about to split to hugh ass boulders. The better side of me came about and I decided to turn around at that point. I backed down on a very narrow roadway and proceeded to turn around and continue on my way down. About the half way point I turned right instead of left and found myself in unfamiliar terrain. I quickly descended the road and found myself at at dead end! My only option at this point was to reverse to the top where I made the wrong turn. I started my reversal and found myself in an all too familiar position. I was backing through a big boulder and the edge of the mountain cliff. I finally navigated my way in reverse back to where I started. I continued my ascent down and finally reached the bottom My god I am grateful I made it down in one piece. One final word. This road trail can and will kick you in the ball sack. I recommend you have a very high clearance vehicle as well as a good spotter as you're going to need it. Going up this road with a stock vehicle is not recommended. Bring someone along with you to watch your back. This is a difficult off road trail unless your prepared.

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Definitely a long hike. It is a service road that is extremely rocky. Worth the time to take it to the top.

hiking
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Had to park about 3.5 miles short of the trailhead, as CR 252 was very much 4WD only. The walk up the jeep road was interesting in its own right, with some rustic properties and mines to ogle, as well as aspen trees and the creek to enjoy. The Bard Creek trail started out an easy walk through deep pine forest, often near to the stream with occasional meadows and aspen groves. Nearing the top of the valley, it then ascends steeply to the right on a trail that needs little more definition and clearing in places. Beautiful views, with Bard Peak beckoning ahead. I stopped at a cascading creek, however, as there wasn't an easy crossing to be had with the high runoff (and an avalanche snowfield to contend with on the other side). This was about 3 miles from the trailhead.

off road driving
Monday, July 30, 2012

Not really that easy, LOTS of rocks, in fact we didn't finish and turned around.

hiking
9 days ago

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