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.

off road driving
3 days ago

Very pretty drive in forested area. The lakes were very low, but it looked like very decent camping. Nothing spectacular.

off road driving
7 days ago

Fun trail that had a great mix of flat dirt road and some intense rocky uphill climbs (I went counter clockwise). I am newer to trails, but I am guessing that if my 2000 4Runner (3” lift and 33’s) was stock, I’d have some potential dings/damage underneath from one to three spots.

Nice and shady but also not busy at all

hiking
15 days ago

Never found Chinn Lake. Asked a local at St Mary's Glacier and he told us to go back to an unknown road that he thought was the reservoir road. After finding it, drove only 1.4 miles before giving up and turning around as the road was so bad even in an SUV. The road is private for 3 miles before you can even park so we have no idea what existed further out. Good luck.

Kelso Ridge was pretty fun with some nice scrambling. Good conditioning and great views. Standard route was super busy.

Great challenge, but rather scary for someone that doesn’t do well with heights. Glad I did it but don’t need to do it again. Started at 5am and saw a beautiful sunrise just as we began the class 3 climbs. Definitely kept referring back to 14ers.com descriptions to stay on the correct path, so download before you go!

off road driving
29 days ago

Not sure I would classify this one as easy.... agree that it isn't very technical, but mainly a lot of rocks requiring good line selection and some narrower sections where you hope someone isn't headed the opposite direction. I have a '15 Tacoma TRD Sport DCLB lifted w/ Cooper Disc STT Pros and the high clearance was key with the rocks. Great views and once you get to the lake it was better. Once again thanks to B Roll Offroad for his youtube videos, they were a huge help in locating trails I could tackle while I was out there....

Great way to avoid the crowds along the way. Fun scrambling on Kelso Ride. Much easier than the Dragon's Head on the Ten Mile Range. If things look too hard, back up and take another approach, most it it really isn't that bad. I took this down because I started early and missed the turn off in the dark. Going down wasn't too bad, you just end up glissading down some skree at the top and that's not my favorite thing in the world.

Took my 4Runner here. The views were incredible when your reach the main landing spot. It’s almost like a playground up top because there are plenty of trails from easy to difficult centrally located around this area. Plus it’s one of the closest trails to Denver that I’ve seen

Hands down one of the most fun climbs up a 14er! Definitely more climbing than hiking!

off road driving
1 month ago

Supper fun don’t go up without an 3+ inch lift and 33s unless you look for mild damage

Awesome place to take the 4x4 n camp out over night

This route is a great intro to true class 3 scrambling. 3 good spots. Knife edge is good practice for exposure. Study your route! It is pretty straightforward if you prepare. If not you run into some fairly exposed low class 4 moves.

Ascended Kelso and walked the ridge all the way to Grays. Great views and fun scrambles, but if you are unprepared you will not enjoy this.

off road driving
1 month ago

Lots of up hill, and not much space for other people coming down. Kind of confusing on figuring out the trial is. Almost put my xj on its side when going up a big hill, with a rut in the middle of it. Would do it again, but going the opposite way.

This is not your typical trail. It is a 4 x 4 road but has great views once you get to the lake. I parked at the bottom and hiked up, but you can drive up too if you have a 4 x 4 vehicle.

We couldn’t even make it up in a SUV.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun trail with some pretty scenery at the right time of year.

SO, while I am glad we did this I will absolutely never again. We referenced our map often and even while remaining on trail there are definitely some class 4 climbs with very extreme exposure. The class 3 rating of this trail definitely had me thinking I could handle this, which I know know to be incorrect. We summited to Torrey’s which took us 5 hours. It’s super easy to get off trail, and fast. There are no Cairns to mark the path. Also had to bear crawl up most of the class 3 scrambles as it was all loose soil and rocks. I was very nervous to lose my footing. The knife edge was so much more of a steep exposure ON BOTH SIDES, which I did not feel most photos reflected. I went into this thinking one edge was extreme exposure while the other was not so bad. I had much panic and took about 15 minutes to cross that short path, but there was no turning back at that point. Please do not ever attempt this path alone, or without capability to call emergency alpine services. It started to sprinkle as well and the rocks were immediately slippery as ice.

As for driving to the trail head; the path is rough but you can do it. Imagine a seasonal ORV path. Dirt, bumps, and many rocks. Any SUV should handle it fine. I’ve even seen a Chrysler 300 make it down the path to the trail head. Would not recommend doing that however with any less than 9” of vehicle clearance.

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
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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!

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