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
2 days 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
16 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
5 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
5 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
9 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.

amazing hard climb. take your time, at the end it is worth it. goats pop out from everywhere, it's amazing.

Pretty cool spot! Don't recommend going up without a high clearance vehicle. Views are pretty good and today we saw moose! Overall pretty rad spot.

camping
10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Fiance and I went camping there for a night and got the whole place to ourselves. Took the Adventure Trailer up and had a great time. Trout were top water feeding all day so bring the dry flies. I would recommend a high clearance vehicle. With all the runoff and rain it has created some difficult spots but nothing super crazy.

Loved this hike but "Hard" is an understatement, there needs to be an "Extreme" rating.

The knife edge isn't that bad. Not bad at all, really, and not the scariest exposure on the route by far. Plenty of hand and foot holds, me and my climbing partner straight blasted across it.

Another reviewer commented about the importance of knowing the route - I second that. Print off the route description from 14ers.com and refer to it often. I forgot my copy and I think we may have gotten off route into some dangerous Class 4 stuff with iffy hand/foot holds and gut-wrenching exposure. Would not recommend that.

Excellent hike today. I cannot emphasize enough the requirement to know the route. Tons of class 3 scrambling!
It should not say that it is a dog friendly route. It's barely human friendly haha.

off road driving
10 months ago

Easy trail to navigate if you have a relatively high clearance vehicle. Not recommended for cars. There are a few sections of the road where you will be glad you have a high clearance vehicle. It's a pretty easy trail. The views of the reservoir are gorgeous. There are a few hiking trails that hug the side of the reservoir you can take. Overall well worth the short trip up!

Beautiful mountain lake views. However, don't expect to drive up to the lake! Unless you have a pickup truck or a jeep, it's probably not a good idea! I had no idea how rocky the "road" was, and was praying I didn't damage my smaller SUV. You're better off walking up it. I will never drive it again.

One of my all-time favorite hikes in Colorado. Amazing views as long as you're ok with heights and exposure

Awesome Class 3 scramble. Tack on Grays afterwards via the saddle. Definitely need a car with high clearance to get to the trailhead. Not much snow left except on the Knife's Edge which actually aids in crossing.

off road driving
11 months ago

Varying terrain, technical to easy to fun to challenging. Stock 2004 Rubicon did well. Very beautiful with lots of Columbine flowers along the trail. No grand vista at the peak though. Overall, lots of fun!

I took the dogs here last week, and there was a stream with pretty high water crossing the path about 5 minutes into the hike. I didn't want to risk it, so we just wandered around the area, which has some really cool old mines. I'm going to try again later in the summer or fall, and hopefully the water won't be so high.

off road driving
11 months ago

Pretty fun trail. Went left at the fork and got into it pretty quick. The trail is rocky and rutted in some spots but not terrible. When you get to a split and the road drops to your right, that’s your turn. If you keep going you hit a dead end.

If you go right it’s not as difficult. I’d rate this a lotl higher than moderate. I was still able to get my stock ram 1500 down it.

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