Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Definitely make sure you understand the trail before attempting or else you may run into some class 4 climbing (happened to us). There are a lot of social trails so just be aware and if it feels too hard you might be off the standard route. Other than that this is a great hike! Super fun, great views, and a lot of exposure to get your heart racing!

off road driving
16 days ago

It was a fun trail. It gets technical in areas and very rocky. Make sure you find spots to pass people, it can get very narrow. Overall it was fun, but a little more challenging than expected.

great ridge climb avoiding the crowds

Great trail a little challenging with a stock jku. Just pick your line. Had fun

off road driving
26 days ago

this is a good trail that's nearby to get your offroad fix, says its 6 miles but you can spend 2+hours driving around on different paths that loop back to the beginning if you take trail b. been here 2x only seen one other jeep.

on Chinns Lake Trail

off road driving
1 month ago

9 June. Impassable snow 300' from lake. Circled back to Fall River Res. 2006 Chevy Silverado on 33s with three carseats in the backseat. Had a great trek on my first off-roading experience. Everyone had fun. Will try again 15 June.

hiking
1 month ago

Jeeping, not hiking. No parking signs everywhere. High clearance 4x4 recommended without previous off-road experience. Hiking once you’ve Jeep’ed to the lake.

off road driving
1 month ago

Love this trail. Does anyone know the conditions up there? Been really dry lately so was wondering if a lot of the snow has melted up there. Thanks.

One of the best for taking a weekday off.

very fun!

Awesome hike. Some snow but mostly on the edges of the trail - very avoidable.

My pup and I loved this traiL. Only saw one person!

off road driving
1 month ago

Great trail close to Denver to get out, run a lap in the rocks, and grab some dinner in Idaho Springs after. I've ran this one time and it was in a stock Frontier Pro 4x with AT tires. I scratched the lower front bumper below the fog light in one spot. Other than that I was fine on the trail. Please pick up your trash and thank Front Range 4x4 group for doing a volunteer cleanup on this trail 2 times per year.

the ridge is the best.. I did grays to Torres then down climbed the ridge super fun specially with all the snow up top and post holing on the way back :)) but hey who needs gear

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was a little difficult to follow and there is s bunch of trash from people shooting their guns.

hiking
3 months ago

This review is for the walk up Steven's Gulch Road from i70 to the summer trailhead for Gray's Peak (which shares the first portion of this trail). Due to how deep the snow was, I did not follow the trail shown here but stayed on Steven's Gulch Road. I clocked it at closer to 6 miles RT. Would suck in the summer with all the vehicle traffic but it ROCKS in the winter. Within the first half mile or so, the road became inaccessible to all vehicles (saw a few people stuck) so it becomes a great hiking trail.

cross country skiing
3 months ago

For XC skiing (not at a resort) after the snow melts elsewhere, where else can you go? Gentle trail and good for beginners. Went with a 7 year old who found it easy. It seems preferable to glide on skis instead of having to walk on snowshoes.

off road driving
4 months ago

I've drove off road on this trail with jk 2dr and a 2010 xterra, also stock, but with some larger ko2s. It's fun, just plan your line and go slow. At the peak make sure you turn right to go down or left as you make way up, or the road will get very narrow to a dead end, and you'll have a very tough and dangerous time getting out.

hiking
5 months ago

great hike. however definately bring snowshoes. Also saw a mountain lion on a trail so stay alert.

hiking
6 months ago

Went up in the truck to 4 wheel it and gaste was closed. Decided to hike a little ways and if you break off the trail to the left as soon as you start you can hike along the stream with several small falls. Almost everything was froze over but still pretty.

hiking
7 months ago

I actually hiked this yesterday with my dog. A few big open fields to play fetch in. There were a couple steep spots but nothing too strenuous, just enough to get the heart pumping. Not much for views, but nice walk through trees.

off road driving
7 months ago

Had a great day on this trail. Moderate and fun. Saw that they updated the closing dates to be Dec. 15. Great trail to get some last minute off roading in on some decent trails before winter.

off road driving
8 months ago

This trail should really only be done if you have a 4x4 or jeep. We went in a newer pickup truck and survived but had to go extremely slow due to how rocky it was. Not sure how anyone can hike this trail as there is no where to park at the beginning or end. We were the only ones going up the trail. We had to park in the middle of the road and hope no one was coming up because there was no way our truck could make it up the rest. When we got to the lake it was a very beautiful site. Very worth it! However, they are doing construction by the lake so there is equipment and possible dangers for younger children.

off road driving
8 months ago

This trail is a good mix of medium obstacles. made everything first try in 3"-6" of snow yesterday. this trail is almost always in the trees making it a good snow trail in my opinion. its a pretty well defined 2-track and i was only nervous about not getting up, instead of sliding off and never stopping like some other shelf road trails. the hardest part i'd say is the 2nd-to-last hill which is some pretty big stairs with opposing holes on a pretty steep hill. in dry conditions with an experienced driver- i'd say almost anything with 4lo and 32"+ tires will be fine. if you'd like to see a video of the obstacles i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4B3I5ID06Y&t=313s

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
9 months ago

This trail is a good mix of medium obstacles. made everything first try in 3"-6" of snow yesterday. this trail is almost always in the trees making is a good snow trail in my opinion. its a pretty well defined 2-track and i was only nervous about not getting up, instead of sliding off and never stopping like some other shelf road trails. the hardest part i'd say is the 2nd-to-last hill which is some pretty big stairs with opposing holes on a pretty steep hill. in dry conditions with an experienced driver- i'd say almost anything with 4lo and 32"+ tires will be fine. if you'd like to see a video of the obstacles i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4B3I5ID06Y&t=313s

07 ranger manual
33"
33psi
bilsteins
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

My first 14er. Follow 14ers.com if you want to stay on trail and not get yourself into crazy scrambles with lots of exposure (oops). A life changing experience for me. Do Grays and Torreys this way if you have the physical ability.

Good for first 14er, combined with it's partner Torreys peak. Most hikers were doing Grays then over to Torreys via the mountaintop connection; however there was significantly less traffic the other direction. Beautiful weather at the beginning of September, keep an eye on weather for potential thunderstorms

Kelso Ridge is no joke. The exposure is dramatic and a fall in most areas would likely result in serious injury or fatality. The class 3 climbs were fun and kind of easy but don't look down (gut-wrenching) and don't make an error (death)! There was a lot of loose rock so check each foot and hand hold before you weight it. Stay on the standard route, we got off track some how (even with 14ers.com maps) and made some insane class 4 climb up the left side instead of simple trail on the right side. This was my first class 3 route and me and two other inexperienced climbers managed to make it all the way up to Torrey's summit alive (Congrats to Caleb & Kelsi). The knife edge crux wasn't so bad but still subject to serious exposure.

Other notes: Road is rough from 70 exit all the way to TH (~3 miles), need high clearance vehicle and recommend 4x4. Got to TH around 5:30AM and it was dark as hell, lot was full but parked on side of road not too far from the parking lot. Didn't make it to Gray's peak due to altitude sickness and massive fatigue from not being able to eat anything all day so will summit at a later time.

I've been hiking Colorado for about a year now. And this was my favorite experience so far.

trail running
10 months ago

This is mostly a forest service road that beyond the first 1/4 mile would only be suitable for a quad or UTV. However, on foot it's easy! There is a stream to cross that I drove across and parked on the other side. There were a few other shallow creeks along the way but there were either logs across them or rocks to cross on.

At the end of the road it was all worth it, the trail ends in a bowl filled with wildflowers besides Torreys. At the top of that you could hike up to the cirque and you had an awesome, unobstructed view of two valleys. There was still some snow in piles hanging out up there (8/19) but it was mostly clear.

I only had a 2L trailrunning pack on for jogging/running and it wasn't bad at all. I ended up stopping to take a bunch of pictures which significantly added to my time. There's some cool old mines/equipment along the way to see too on the other FS roads.

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