Explore the most popular skiing 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.

Though it was nice, after a few miles of 4x4 road its more like walking on a wide trail. Where the map shows the end of the trail, you can cut left and go up a ways toward Torreys peak

First 14 for us. It was a beautiful day but there was a lot of snow on the ground. It was slippery on the way down. We got an early start and beat the crowds. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. The trail starts out very easy and starting before sunrise was great. The elevation was a factor for us near the top, but it’s a great hike.

Great 14er with some amazing views. Best as a sunrise summit.

You’ll definitely want to bring traction and poles for this one. It looks dry at the trailhead, but there’s a lot of packed snow on ice pretty soon after you start climbing.

You could probably even get away with having your snowshoes handy toward the top.

Great climb. Went up 10/10/18, 3-6” of snow on the trail for the first 1.25miles. 1’ - 3’ feet! snow drifts from there on to the saddle. We were unable to make the peak due to conditions. Feet were soaked on the way down. 2hrs 50 mins up, 2hrs 10 mins down. Be smart. Be careful. We were the only car in the parking lot. Only ones out there.

hiking
8 days ago

Another classic Rocky Mountain hike. Great diversity with forest, meadows, snow caps all around, a couple of stream crossings and a nice lake at the end. The first half mile and the last 3/4 mile are pretty steep so be prepared for some climbing. Got lucky today with only six other cars in the parking lot. However, I am guessing this trail is very crowded in peak season. Go now before the trail is covered in snow.

Butt kicker

My first 14er today at Mt.Bierstadt. It starts out not too bad, but I agree with these other comments, the elevation totally got to me and I felt like I had to stop constantly towards the steep part of the trail. Still feels like a great accomplishment! No mountain goats or any wildlife that we saw. Super windy at the top, so we did not stay long up there! With windchill I believe it was close to 15 degrees.

difficult incline but so worth it

hiking
11 days ago

Strava 6.6 miles in 3 hours 7 minutes. 1837 in elevation gain. Big climb up but awesome hike and so easy to get to right off of 70.

hiking
13 days ago

Parking lot this year is more packed than I've ever seen it-but can accommodate a ton of traffic! Water in the lake seems a bit lower than other summers? Expect initial climb & last leg to be tough, but the end is worth it!

snowshoeing
14 days ago

Steep climb in the beginning then opens to expansive views over rolling inclines/declines. Heavy snowpack, not many people go past the first mile. Drops into a forest and then leads to what is a iced over lake, from there you can take various routes up the surrounding peaks/rim to continue. Great place to nom nom at the top.

hiking
15 days ago

Arrived at 9:30 and there was still plenty of parking. Trail starts off with an immediate incline then begins to level off after mile 1. Gently incline with sweeping views and then another sharp incline in the trail for the end view of the Continental Divide. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Bathrooms at the bottom of the trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Really great hike, awesome views and my pup loved it, really steady incline the whole time. Turned around before I got all the way to the top but still worth it! Super windy though once you get close to the top

we did this hike today and it wasn’t too bad. it was pretty easy as far as the trail goes, but then the elevation was kind of an issue when you got asthma. nothing a puff can’t fix tho jaja.

the wind was wicked at the summit so we didn’t spend a lot of time there. the views were worth the work and dealing with so many people.

Lovely hike. Completed on Thursday morning. Arrived at 10am and there was plenty of parking spaces. The hike starts with an incline right away. I did this hike to acclimate for a 14er. views are amazing throughout.

My 1st 14er definitely tough the views were amazing throughout. the winds were super chilly at the top. definitely layer, coming down we saw a couple of people with minimal clothing. Don't underestimate this hike and be prepared.

hiking
16 days ago

So beautiful. We started at 10:30am and it took us about 6 hours. We had a little one on our backs so we took lots of snack/picnic breaks. Quite windy at the top so I recommend you dress accordingly.

hiking
16 days ago

Was anxious to hike this during good weather since I snowshoed it this past winter. Good Lord this trail is a friggin human highway on the weekend. An endless parade of people and numerous bags of dog crap. WTH? It’s like Colorado’s Everest. That said, once I got to the top and the lake, I found a spot away from the human noise and it was bliss. Think I will stick to snowshoeing this one when everyone else is skiing/snowboarding. Pack it out people. If you can’t properly dispose of your dog’s waste, leave them at home.

hiking
17 days ago

This hike must be beautiful at any time of the year! I went on a fall day and enjoyed the aspens and the golden bushes. Herman gulch takes you through trees, along a river, near stunning mountain views. The climb is worth it- you will reach a lake and more views.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

My favorite alpine hike especially in mid July when the wildflowers are out in abundance. STP is across the street from the trailhead for Mt. Beirstadt with all of the beautiful views but far less crowds. Square Top Lakes are below the summit and is another great hike but is far tamer. Both are a great way to spend the day!

The best time to visit is mid- July when the wildflowers are out in abundance and this year, they were spectacular. The trailhead is on the west side of Guanella Pass just opposite the trailhead for the highly trodden 14er Mt. Beirstadt. Square Top Peak is the 111th highest peak in Colorado. The terrain is somewhat rocky but the grade can be steep near the top. Views from the top are like any alpine peak, spectacular. But there is a bonus. Square Top Lakes are below and are also spectacular. For those wishing an easier hike, end the trip at Square Top Lakes. Although difficult, this is my favorite alpine hike. All the beauty of any 14er without the crowds.

hiking
19 days ago

Got there at 7am on a Tuesday (9/26) and there were still plenty of parking spots. Wasn’t crowded at all. Make sure you bring a wind breaker, gloves, a hat, and plenty of water. 2liters was just enough to get me through the last stretch on the way back. Trail is well mAintained. Saw big horn sheep and mountain goats while I was up there! Started at 7:30 and I reached the summit at 10:30. I’m coming from below sea level so I took a lot of breaks to catch my breath. The hike wasn’t too hard in my opinion, but I’m in shape and exercise regularly.

Got to parking lot about 6:20AM. Only about 6 other cars were there. Temperature was 26 degrees F. Got to trail head at 6:30AM. I started out strong. Made it to 12000 elevation by 7:30 and 13000 feet by about 9AM. Then things became very difficult because of the altitude and my 70 year old legs. Also trail was hard to follow at the 13250 feet point. Finally headed back about 10AM with the peak in sight about 1/2 mile away but with about 750 feet more elevation to go.

Legs were very rubbery on way back. The trip down took as long as the trip up because of tired legs trying to negotiate the snow.and ice covered steps and rocks. Managed to fall a couple of times including a dip in the creek crossing on the way back.

The hike was much more difficult than I thought it would be. Finally 7 hours later at 1:30PM, made it back to car. I'm still glad I did this for as you may have heard, if something doesn't kill you it makes you stronger.

FYI, I'm a 70 year old male using wife's account.

Hiked on September 7th. Got there at 6:15 and the parking lot was half full. Started at 6:30 with temperatures of 40 degrees. We didn't realize the parking lot was so far from the base. It took us 4 hours to hike up as we aren't used to the elevation (we're from Texas), and it was the hardest thing we've ever done. Finally getting up there we spent 45minutes up at the top eating sandwiches we made and drinking a celebratory beer. Only saw Marmots roaming around the top, but they were fun to watch. Definitely one for the books. Go early for good parking, be courteous of other hikers (a lot are friendly, just say hi) and pack a lunch!

hiking
22 days ago

1st 14er so no comparison available. I had fun and the trail was well marked until the scramble at the end; fortunately there were enough people on the trail to get an idea of where the best path was.

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