Explore the most popular scenic driving 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
5 days ago

Beautiful day. 95 degrees in Denver, was about 75 on Devils Canyon 4x4 Road. We did the full loop plus a couple of side trails. Lots of fun. Jeep Wrangler 4 Door with 4” lift and 35s made it very easy, But I haven’t been off-road driving in years, so still had a blast. Lots of fun. Beautiful views up top.

Not very interesting or very fun.

Ran this trail, the 20-30% grade in places, along with frequent giant holes created by 4x4 spinning tires made this route very challenging but fun.

scenic driving
14 days ago

Completed on Thurs 6/28. There's a checkpoint about 14miles from the summit, where admission cost $15. Up until the checkpoint the drive is scenic and relaxed. Once you get past the checkpoint the road changes; becomes narrower, no barriers and far more bumpy - the driver has to be awake! Having said that, the drive is a lot of fun - great views where you can see for miles. There's a couple of area's to stop off on the journey up; viewpoints, a little shop (I think, although we didn't stop and go in), and Summit Lake. The road takes you to a parking lot just shy of the summit, so you can hike the final 100ft or so. My group and I certainly felt the altitude up here, but there were also a lot of younger kids who seemed fine! Make sure to bring some warmer clothing, as although it was about 80deg down in Idaho Springs, it was cool enough for us to throw on jackets and pants at the summit. The view at the summit was truly amazing and well worth the white-knuckle drive up!

off road driving
15 days ago

Fantastic views near the top. Fun little day trip running all the spiderweb trails around. We did this all in a stock SR5 4Runner, not sure why it’s listed as “moderate”.

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

off road driving
23 days ago

Great spot to feel like you are getting away. Challenging spots in places for novices. Wish some of the side trails were marked as side trails somehow just to keep from getting turned around... Fun dun trail

scenic driving
24 days ago

So awesome

off road driving
25 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.

off road driving
25 days ago

It’s a great spot to get away for a few

hiking
1 month ago

This 13er is great when you want a good workout and have limited time. Was able to hit the summit in an hour. Park at summit lake to start the hike. This is a fairly easy hike with some holding of rocks to move through a few sections of the trail. Hike across to Gray Wolf Peak, which is another 13er for an extended hike of about 5 miles (parking, Spalding, GMP and return to parking). No snow on the hike and only a few people at the start of the trail. Had the peak to myself at 6:30am and saw only two people coming up trail before hitting parking lot!

off road driving
1 month ago

1st half of the loop counter clockwise is pretty mellow forest roads, second half is pretty rocky with some fun switchbacks and obstacles both up and downhill.
1st gen Tacoma with 33’s and a 3” lift was good to go, no clearance issues. 4 low in 1st-2nd gear most of the time. Pretty views and some fun stuff to see on the trail. Thought I’d see other rigs there on a Saturday morning but I was alone the whole time (6-16-18)

**BE ADVISED**- there should be a waypoint for the 710.1 turnoff on the AllTrails map, but there isn’t. If you’re going counterclockwise on the loop, it’s about a half mile southwest of the spring creek intersection. The sign will be on your left hand side. If you follow the red line given on the map at that point, you will go off course. 710.1 is the trail that will lead you back to hwy 103. As other people mentioned, get AllTrails pro or equivalent so you don’t get lost.

off road driving
1 month ago

Only went a up past the creek to the left and then to the abandoned mine? The other way to the right. Was a little short on time but had a few decent climbs. Defiantly gonna do the whole loop next time.

This wasn’t even a hiking trail. It was an off-roading trail with an intense ascent and even worse decent. Loose rocks, litter, people drinking and shooting guns. Not worth it, don’t waste your time.

off road driving
1 month ago

Ran this last week in our stock Sahara with 32” Goodrich ATs. We went counter clockwise. Still very new to off roading but managed just fine up to the first waypoint. There are some amazing views for sure. We continued on and missed the first hard right switchback because we were looking at some dried up puddles and roundabout areas to the left. We continued up hill on a bypass that was way out of our capabilities. Would have been fine for a quad or bike or even another 3” clearance.

We doubled back and found the trail and continued up to the abandoned town area. Couldn’t find the town. Didn’t look too hard. Again, amazing views, road wasn’t too tough. We will definitely come back to camp along here at some point.

About half-way through we could not find the turn off to continue SW off Saxon Peak rd. Our gps and the map showed Saxon Peak rd ending so we backed up looking for the left hand turn. I can almost swear it doesn’t exist. We were very confused and went back to the junction of Lamartine road and saw a sign for Georgetown.

We bailed on the route and headed off trying to get back to civilization instead of doubling all the way back to where we started.

Hind sight 20/20: we wouldn’t have done this without a crew of people. Our friends bailed last minute so the plan was to have more people. Would have been good to have another set of eyes/brains.

The road down into Georgetown was very difficult and probably pretty dangerous with loose rock and signs of landslides all over the top portion.

21 switchbacks, 4 clenched sets of white knuckles, and 1 lost wallet later, we made it into Georgetown. Don’t do what we did. Be smart. We found the upper limit of what we are capable of in our current rig. Also, if you do find a black wallet, my business card is in there. Hit me up!

$15 entry fee. Worth every penny. It feels like you're driving on top of the world. Insane views. We saw tons of mountain goats and beautiful bluebirds. Enjoy this! Also, be sure the driver is paying attention at all times. It's a little wild up there.

Was closed to vehicles today.

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

off road driving
1 month ago

Great 4x4 area with amazing views near Mt. Evans that is right off highway. Air down, pick up your trash, and be aware of those shooting who are not too aware of where they are shooting. :(

I've ran this 2 times with Front Range 4x4 during trail clean up days. There are some great camp sites up here and awesome views of Mt. Evans. Again please pick up your trash and casings.

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.

Road closed 5/17

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

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun trail, but as of this date (5/12/18) it becomes unpassible at about 3 - 3 1/2 miles in because of deep heavy snow. Had to turn around.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

For some reason, they had the road closed to the summit, even though it was perfectly clear and drivable for the first 3 miles and even had a parking lot up there to park. We walked the road and made it to about 7.5 miles before a blizzard blew in and turned us back around. We were hoping to see some mountain goats but had no luck. We did see a few bighorn sheep. Definitely would be better to wait until it opens and drive up.

off road driving
2 months ago

Stock 2018 Subaru Crosstrek:

Did this trail by accident on the way to Mt. Evans. I saw a spiderweb of trials on the gps and turned offroad.

Went up the first switchback and kept left up the Mt. Road. Got to where there is a destroyed shed directly below the trail and one next to the trail that's full of trash and bullet holes. To the left was sketchy metal door with the bars bent.

30 yards ahead we decided not to try our luck on the rocks so we parked by the shed and walked a bit to get some photos, but turned around to head back down since the sun was gonna set soon.

I need some better tires and maybe a life before really going at it. Only scraped one time on the way out near the end.

off road driving
2 months ago

Haha wow! It’s a good intermediate trail unless you miss the hairpin switchback at the first lookout point after the old mine shaft.

Continuing on the obvious trail straight ahead gets tough really quick! I made it about a quarter mile on 33s and 3” lift on my Tacoma and needed the rear locker twice. It’s fun, but probably the hardest trail I’ve done, and without a spotter and a winch I gave up after that!

The turn I should have taken was obvious on the way back down. +1 for downloading the map first!!

hiking
3 months ago

Went on a Sunday in mid April. Snow covered trail the entire way, but still doable in tennis shoes. Just be careful. Had 4 kids... 8, 7, 5, 2 (carried her). Easy without the snow, tricky with snow but still very enjoyable. Close to Denver and can hike morning or afternoon.

off road driving
4 months ago

I have driven this "trail" several times in my 2017 E300.... That should give you a good idea of the challenge level with this trail. When I want to get from Central City to Idaho Springs it is my preferred method of travel. It is honestly just a dirt road and there weren't even ruts towards the end of 2017 when I drove it. It has some great views of the mountains, but that is really the biggest draw that I am aware of. I cannot speak to how well the road is maintained in the winter after snow as I have not driven it during those conditions.

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