Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Great conditions currently and the trail was easy to follow the entire way.

Road blocked off by snow drifts that are impassable as of May, 19 2018. In a 4 inch lifted jeep it was not possible for us. Come back when its warmer.

Don't start too late or you will enjoy crossing the snow melt swamps in the flat lands returning to the trail head. The last mile to the trail head took almost 1.5 hours of low crawlyto make it out.

Also, this is about an 11 mile hike round trip at this time. Geunalla pass is closed about 1.88 miles below the trailhead. Plan accordingly.

hiking
4 days ago

5/16. Awesome hike with great views. Could only reach lower Chicago lake, still too much snow for upper. Although some hikers went all the way up. Reservoir is also beautiful but worth the hike all the way to the top. Once you pass upper Chicago lake it, the trail continues to Summit Lake and then continues to the summit of Mt. Evans. Waterproof shoes a must. Instagram ec_boyd

hiking
4 days ago

Hit this trail last week. Great views on the way up and absolutely stunning at the top. There’s a radio tower of some sort that we explored for a while. Overall great hike but definitely would’ve been better if I had snow shoes. Also great for backcountry skiing or snowboarding

Do not waste you’re time with this road. Simple as that.

hiking
5 days ago

May 15. Very little snow; less than 1% left on the top part of the trail. You must hike until the end...the views are beautiful. Great place to have lunch. First 3.5 miles are all up hill. Enjoy. Instagram ec_boyd

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

Started at Echo Lake TH. Made it to the reservoir and kept going. To the right of the Rez there is snowpack that is melting. I post holed a little, but was fine. Passed the private property and on up to the lake. The trail near the lake was snowed in so I couldn’t find the rest of the trail. Had lunch to the right/backside of the lake then turned back.

I imagine in the summer the trail continues on past the lake. I looked at the map where you register for wilderness camping and noticed you can summit Evans from this trail, so I know the trail wraps around past the lake, I just couldn’t find the trail because of snow.

Anyway, I’ll give it another shot this summer. Still a decent hike for 5/12/18.

on St. Mary's Glacier

hiking
6 days ago

I usually agree with the average rating on AllTrails but not in this case. Yes it is close to Denver but this is overrated on all accounts. Drive an extra 20-30 minutes for many more options.

One of my favorite hikes that I've ever done. Not too physically demanding, but so rewarding. The views at the top are insane, even with cloud coverage. The drive up to the trailhead is a treat in itself too. Did this one 5/14/18 and would recommend crampons or microspikes for the descent- I can imagine it'd be a little slick without them. However, the risk of post-holing is pretty much gone! Get up there and see some beauty!!!

Great hike for early May. The trail was nearly completely snow free and it wasn't terribly hot!! Great views of snowy mountains while you are on dry land! Some parts of the trail were thru forests which is a nice switch up from what I've been used to in CO. The lake is gorgeous and a fun place to sit and watch clouds roll over while drinking water and enjoying a snack and sitting silently without cell service or the sound of cars rushing by. It does become a little physically demanding so lots of water is a must.

Super cool to see a glacier! Great hike for someone who wants epic views without it taking a chunk of your day. The trail was icy/slushy when we went 5/13/18 but nothing terrible in hiking boots!

hiking
7 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Colorado. Went up yesterday and the trail was pretty much clear of snow. Some snow in small patches. Beautiful scenery and a moderate amount of people around 10am

Great variety of scenery; walking labyrinth about 2/3 of the way down the trail. Very little traffic at 8am until about noon.

hiking
7 days ago

I hiked grays to torreys and whent down Kelso ridge. it was covered in snow about 75 80% got off trail and post holed it back for cuple miles... ;) next time it's kelso.to.torreys to Gray's then out ..

hiking
8 days ago

We hiked this trail today. Was amazing! Still some snow up top and good hiking shoes needed for sure as some of the piles are still deep. Also some water crossing you will get wet if not careful. This trail is a lot of up up up for the first 3 miles. But it’s worth it. We didn’t actually see anyone else out there til we were on our way back, which is perfect for those of us that like the path less taken. Happy Trails!

Trail head has Portal Potties (not the cleanest). $5 fee to park (Honor System). The trail is pretty steep and rocky in the beginning but not bad at all. Once you reach the top it's amazing. Mountains were covered in snow. The trail is covered in snow, some slush but no ice..snow is very very slippery in sneakers so wear boots. At the top you can ski down, snow board or just slide down. The lake was half frozen. Beautiful pictures on this trail. Trail had moderate traffic. Definitely coming back when snow is melted.

fun trash bag sledding!

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.

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely beautiful scenery throughout the entire hike. Some snow but easily passable with hiking shoes. I brought my yak tracks but didn’t need them. The trail was wet as you get closer to Chicago Lakes #1. If you are careful, it shouldn’t be a problem. My feet were dry the entire hike. There was one slightly sketchy water crossing but it’s not too bad if you take your time and watch where you step.

hiking
11 days ago

Simple, beautiful hike. My favorite to do with family and friends coming in from out of state because even the out of shape of us can handle it and it’s an incredible pay off.

hiking
11 days ago

Patches of snow that you won't even notice in the morning but if the sun is out, you'll definitely notice them in the afternoon! Lots of post holing after noon, even in snowshoes. Suggest starting really early so you don't have a bad time!

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful little trail. Definitely wear some waterproof boots.. lots of little streams and snow on the trail. Otherwise great views ! 5$ parking bring exact change !

Started at 9 AM and got back around 2 pm. There is a little snow but I only put on spikes for the last hill going up to the 2nd lake. Otherwise normal hiking boots are fine.

hiking
12 days ago

Fun hike. We went this past Saturday May 5 and it was ALL snow. Either Yaktrax or trekking poles are helpful, but not necessary (but expect to fall a few times or get buried into feet of snow at times). I think it should be considered a moderate hike because the incline in the first 1/2 mile itself is tough. But I think it is "easy" because its short. It took us about 2.5 hours in and out. Beautiful views!

We parked right at the end of the road by the signs that point towards the lake. The trail was doable without snowshoes but we definitely wished we had them as we got to the top third or so of the trail. We sank up to knees and hips every 5 or 6 steps or so in spots. Windy at the top. Really beautiful! Will definitely go back his summer so we can see the water!

walking
13 days ago

Very easy for a family with small children. Not rigorous or challenging at all; good when you have a 2 year old who wants to walk.

hiking
13 days ago

Excellent hike through pine forest opening up at the top in a meadow with mountains directly to the south and to the east. The incline is steady throughout and gentle enough to make the entire trip fairly relaxing, yet with enough climb to get the heart going! Snow patches are frequent after about 10,600 feet. Snowshoes weren't necessary, neither were spikes. Although I think the trip would have been a little more comfortable with some gators to help keep the feet dry. The end of the marked trail lands you in an area that would be ripe for further exploration, but we were short on time and so we headed back down after
a snack and a sit at the top. The way down was quite a bit sloppier than the way up as the afternoon sun encouraged more rapid snowmelt. The whole journey took us around 4.5 hours including a short break at the top.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike! Was on the trail about 8:45 on Saturday morning (5/5/18), we were the first ones up to the lake although we didn't actually go right up to the shore, we basically stopped where the map shows the trail ending, 50 ft or so above the lake. Mud & Snow most of the way after you hit the reservoir. 2-3 feet of snow in a few spots once you're close to the lake made for a few solid postholes, but i don't think snowshoes would be worth it, and the snow will be gone soon enough. Poles & Yaktraks might help but i didn't have either and was fine. Not sure i would classify this as a "Hard" hike, the most difficult part is probably the uphill at the very end, since the trail takes you to the bottom of the canyon from Echo Lake before you start climbing again, but there was quite a bit of level ground as well, not just a constant climb. Will definitely be back in another month or so to try and make it to the upper lake!

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