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

snowshoeing
1 day ago

amazing views. tons of snow. lots of back country skiers. very cold and windy above the trees.

off road driving
3 days ago

Great trail overall. Has some great views when you come out of the trees. It is tight in some spots and would be tricky for anything much bigger than my 4Runner. My 2.5” lift was plenty and saw a stock Tacoma doing just fine. Fairly snowy up top already.

You’ll definitely want to bring traction and poles for this one. It looks dry at the trailhead, but there’s a lot of packed snow on ice pretty soon after you start climbing.

You could probably even get away with having your snowshoes handy toward the top.

off road driving
5 days ago

BLUF: this is not an easy trail! This is a moderate trail. At least 3 spots that required technical driving and someone guiding you. Not entirely a problem, made it more fun, but you shouldn’t go alone. Nice little pullouts to grab lunch and a beverage. Scenic for a the majority. I love how close to Denver it is!

off road driving
8 days ago

Super easy trail. A Subaru Outback could run it. Pretty good views.


01 XJ
3.5in lift
31s

hiking
9 days ago

Another classic Rocky Mountain hike. Great diversity with forest, meadows, snow caps all around, a couple of stream crossings and a nice lake at the end. The first half mile and the last 3/4 mile are pretty steep so be prepared for some climbing. Got lucky today with only six other cars in the parking lot. However, I am guessing this trail is very crowded in peak season. Go now before the trail is covered in snow.

Nice trail. Was easy enough in my '14 Tacoma Baja. nice trail tips in app made navigation a breeze.

We were looking for a lake hike not far from our house and this looked like a good candidate. The Guanella pass road was still open so we took it, and then drove the Naylor Lake Road up to the upper parking lot, shaving about a mile off of the total distance of the trail. I'd highly recommend AWD or 4WD. We did it in our Jeep in 2WD but that road can get slick really quick. As we were driving through the Guanella pass road we realized that there was a light coating of snow at the top, and assumed that there would be a little snow up where we were headed, glad we packed warm. The hike was fairly easy, with a skim coat of ice on some of the areas where water came off the mountain and pooled in the low spots. We were glad that we had our trekking poles if only for a couple extra points of contact. About 2/3rds of the trail is above treeline and is exposed to the elements. The wind started to kick up fiercely as we made it to Silver Dollar lake and continued to Murray Reservoir. The views were obstructed somewhat from the low ceiling, but it was still worth the hike.

I'll have to come back sometime in the spring to check and see if there are any nice looking trout in those lakes!

Butt kicker

off road driving
10 days ago

Did it on a ATV , fun , some rocky inclines / declines . I’d go back again for sure.

Views were great, but there was a lot of traffic. Very easy drive.

difficult incline but so worth it

hiking
12 days ago

Strava 6.6 miles in 3 hours 7 minutes. 1837 in elevation gain. Big climb up but awesome hike and so easy to get to right off of 70.

hiking
14 days ago

Parking lot this year is more packed than I've ever seen it-but can accommodate a ton of traffic! Water in the lake seems a bit lower than other summers? Expect initial climb & last leg to be tough, but the end is worth it!

snowshoeing
16 days ago

Steep climb in the beginning then opens to expansive views over rolling inclines/declines. Heavy snowpack, not many people go past the first mile. Drops into a forest and then leads to what is a iced over lake, from there you can take various routes up the surrounding peaks/rim to continue. Great place to nom nom at the top.

We are from Houston TX and this was our first 14ner . I thoroughly enjoyed the experience . The views along the way are out of this world . The trail only gets more and more difficult. I experienced headache and nausea only on my way down. The ascent is very doable but please take as many water breaks as u need. I recommend taking your time with plenty of water and high energy snacks. I also recommend training yourself physically a few weeks before the hike so it is more of an enjoyable experience.

hiking
16 days ago

Arrived at 9:30 and there was still plenty of parking. Trail starts off with an immediate incline then begins to level off after mile 1. Gently incline with sweeping views and then another sharp incline in the trail for the end view of the Continental Divide. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Bathrooms at the bottom of the trail.

off road driving
17 days ago

Attempted this in a stock Subaru Crosstrek. Didn't get very far, clearance wasn't an issue but the stock tires couldn't grip the soft sandy dirt. I think after a set of all terrains and maybe some underbody protection (didn't scrape but not sure what the rest of the trail looks like) I'll attempt it again (with my brother's Rubicon tagging along). I'm new to "soft-roading" so I don't really know what an easy trail looks like but I think this might be miscategorized.

Great hike with beautiful views. If you have to park in the lower lot, plan on walking an extra mile or so RT. We arrived around 8:30 on a Sunday morning and the lot and path were pretty empty on the way up—not so much on the way down. Lots of friendly dogs, too!

Lovely hike. Completed on Thursday morning. Arrived at 10am and there was plenty of parking spaces. The hike starts with an incline right away. I did this hike to acclimate for a 14er. views are amazing throughout.

hiking
18 days ago

Was anxious to hike this during good weather since I snowshoed it this past winter. Good Lord this trail is a friggin human highway on the weekend. An endless parade of people and numerous bags of dog crap. WTH? It’s like Colorado’s Everest. That said, once I got to the top and the lake, I found a spot away from the human noise and it was bliss. Think I will stick to snowshoeing this one when everyone else is skiing/snowboarding. Pack it out people. If you can’t properly dispose of your dog’s waste, leave them at home.

hiking
18 days ago

This hike must be beautiful at any time of the year! I went on a fall day and enjoyed the aspens and the golden bushes. Herman gulch takes you through trees, along a river, near stunning mountain views. The climb is worth it- you will reach a lake and more views.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

Nice hike accurately described. Great views once above tree line (about 2/3 of the trail, each way).

off road driving
21 days ago

Fun little trail with great views.

off road driving
22 days ago

It’s not all that easy people. Don’t know who rates these things. It was a BLAST! But not entirely easy. Many parts were a solid moderate. There were a ton of places to get off the marked path! The rocks were beautiful. Wish we would have been there last week when more of the aspens would have held their leaves but it was still beautiful.

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked 9.22.18. Breathtaking panoramic vistas. Had the top of the mountain to myself while I ate lunch. Definitely a blood pumper on the steep switchbacks to get to the ridge line and a thigh burner on the way down. Be mindful of weather. While yesterday was clear and sunny, temps were high 40s or low 50s at top and wind was howling. Great trail for solitude.

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