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.

hiking
13 hours ago

5/23 Couldn’t make it to the very end but the views are awesome. I will definitely be back in a month. With that being said there was a lot of trash along the hike, I collected as much as I could. After the first mile, on your left, there is a small clearing when you can see the river there is a ton of metallic confetti caught in the grasses. Spent an hour trying to get most of it. Help me out if you go on the trail and try and collect it so it doesn’t end up in our rivers or wildlife. Also plenty of people leaving there dog poop bags along the trail.

Don't start too late or you will enjoy crossing the snow melt swamps in the flat lands returning to the trail head. The last mile to the trail head took almost 1.5 hours of low crawlyto make it out.

Also, this is about an 11 mile hike round trip at this time. Geunalla pass is closed about 1.88 miles below the trailhead. Plan accordingly.

hiking
7 days ago

Hit this trail last week. Great views on the way up and absolutely stunning at the top. There’s a radio tower of some sort that we explored for a while. Overall great hike but definitely would’ve been better if I had snow shoes. Also great for backcountry skiing or snowboarding

hiking
14 days ago

Patches of snow that you won't even notice in the morning but if the sun is out, you'll definitely notice them in the afternoon! Lots of post holing after noon, even in snowshoes. Suggest starting really early so you don't have a bad time!

hiking
17 days ago

The weather was great today! We hiked the trail in hiking boots which was a mistake! Please bring snow shoes. The trial is covered with 2-3 feet of snow and it is just warm enough that you sink through. Still, we had a great time laughing as we fell through the snow! Can’t wait to do it again later in the summer.

The sawtooth was an awesome addition

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.

1 month ago

Today, 4/08/18, I needed something to do. After doing some homework. Bierstadt it was. Being from Minnesota, hiking ...lets just say the mountains are a different beast. After reading numerous reviews here: my 4 year old had his first summit to the dogs and 100's...and 100's of people to contend with..well, didnt sound too challenging. But, I did read a few well written reviews to go prepared.
Not nearly for what I was about to face.
left late...really late from F.Collins (2:30pm) arrived at what was apparently the Silver Dollar parking lot as the road to the Guanella pass summit was still closed for the season...my homework skills need honing. talked to a guy there that was going to do some skiing and he thought the trailhead to Bierstadt would be a couple of miles. lucky I brought my winter gear including Sorrels, ski mask and micro spikes. headed up the hill at about 4pm. didnt need the spikes but postholed more than a few times but not bad. An hour later I was at the trailhead. Id say the wind was 40+ and the temp around 0. I knew a front was coming in but looking off to the west it seemed to be coming a good couple of hours early. I was alone and the only soul I had seen was a couple skiing down right as I set off...I really wished I had that idea..I need to think this over, if only I could get in the outhouse - frozen halfway shut and buried in snow. I get it open and have a seat. I decide to at least go a bit before turning back. I see what appears to be the start of the trail by the marker and another marker some 30 yards out. Off I go...postholing it every step. Wow..where are the snowshoes... (even those didnt seem to help one reviewer and his friends) Anyways, I realize Im out of my league here and want to see another day so after 20 or so yards of this I turn back down the mountain thinking of those skiers. Once back to my car the Blizzard hits with full force and Im out of there. I have to say..the whole experience - including the solitude and the views walking back down were soooo worth it!!!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Quite the workout. Used spikes until a little over a mile in. Snowshoes a must after that. Trail not marked so you’re left following tracks. Beautiful though. Hiked over 3.5 miles. No lake to be seen, just rolling hills of deep snow. You’re practically at the foot of the divide at the end. Wonderfully peaceful. Look forward to hiking it in summer.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

I think moderate is an average of the terrain of this hike in snowshoes. Some parts are definitely strenuous but some parts are easy. If you're running tight on time or are feeling tired, don't bother going all the way to the lake, it's just a snow covered area, in summer I'm sure it's worth it but it was not worth it for me! People we met on the trail complained about the wind but I didn't think it was that bad.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my all time favorite hikes on the planet! Fields of wild flowers, a creek, forests, a good workout, quiet serenity, and the emerald green lake at the top. This hike always has just the right amount of other hikers- quiet and clean, but if you twisted an ankle or didn’t bring enough water, you’re not alone. This hike is heaven!

hiking
1 month ago

3.24.2018 Beautiful trail! Snow is pretty deep about half-way up the trail. Highly recommend both microspikes/yaktrax AND snow shoes. Hiked for about two hours with spikes but had to turn back because snow was about hip-deep towards the end.

hiking
2 months ago

3.14.2018

I love this trail! It was difficult going uphill with the snow but hiking shoes and yaktrax were sufficient. I have hiked this in the summer as well and though I missed the beautiful lake at the top, it was cool to see the trail from a wintry perspective. The solitude was much needed and appreciated as I only saw a couple other hikers. Took about 3 hours round trip.

2 months ago

Path is completely covered in snow, but there are a few tracks you can follow from the skiers who hike up to the first peak. Recommend GPS, but still had to cut across some trail sections because of deep snow. Only attempt at this time if you go with someone else or if are an expert hiker. Dress warm. Views are completely wild at the top!

First 14er. The gain in elevation was harder than expected for my friend and I, which meant the hike took longer than we had planned. Best views I've ever had and the experience was exhilarating! Make sure you have plenty of water, protein and healthy fats snacks(nuts, bars, etc.). Went in October 2016, temp went back and forth between just a hoodie and needing a wind resistant, thermal coat.

thank you to the snowshoers and Intrepid hikers who came before me! I forgot my snowshoes in Denver and thought I would have to turn around! I hiked in mid morning on March 2nd and was able to stay and find the trail due to it being pack down. the first mile is straight-up and a great workout but the views are worth it!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Did this trail today. First mile can easily be done in just hiking boots, definitely need snow shoes the last half. Lost the trail, but headed up in the same general direction . Saw a few people on our way back.

hiking
2 months ago

Did part of this hike with a friend. The first part of the trail was packed as the last reviewer noted. However, once we got through that first part, we lost the trail completely. There didn't appear to be any markers anywhere. We knew generally what direction we were headed, but the new snowfall made things difficult especially with tree wells. It was incredibly windy and very chilly and about 3 or so miles in we turned around. We ran into a couple of other people - they also lost the trail and turned around. The weather was pretty bad, but it was still pretty nonetheless. We are intending to try again on a day when the weather is better.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Completed on 2-11-2018.

This is a great trail to snowshoe that doesn't seem to be heavily trafficked during the winter months. I recommend snowshoes with a lot of float. Throughout the day I was falling waist deep in snow and breaking new trail. While fun, I wished I had brought tails for my snowshoes. Strava did record the distance just shy of 8 miles rather than noted 6.4.

Very easy trail to find. Take exit 218 then look North for the sign pointing to parking lot.

The lower third of the trail is a wide well packed trail. There is a pretty significant elevation gain over the first mile but this part of the trail is heavily used by skiers and snowshoers. The trail is wide and the snow is well packed down.

After the initial climb the sounds of i70 vanish and the trail levels off a bit, though it is a sustained climb the entire way up. The trail becomes much less traveled once the skiers head away from the main path and up their own steep slope to play. But if you're like me you're always looking for the less traveled sections of Colorado.

The middle third of the hike is through an open prairie before entering the trees. There is a 200-300 yard prairie section which had some of the deepest snow on the hike. The trail had been wiped out by an avalanche down Mount Machebeuf. There was a lightly broken trail created below the affected. The snow here is very deep and snowshoes with a lot more float would have been nice. Once you enter the trees you begin skirting the slope of Machebeuf. You are within treeline through most of this section so I wasn't worried about avalanches, but the slope is severe enough that I felt fatigue in my down slope leg from continually supporting me.

The final third is an aggressive slope made up of a few switch backs but mostly runs strait up. The snow is deep and I had to fight from continually sinking. I didn't see any evidence of an avalanche, but the final slope looked like it would be a great area for everything to go. I was pretty careful none the less. Herman Lake is probably more exciting in the summer, but it was satisfying to reach the summit.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Snow was hard packed, a little loud initially but once you are away from the highway it was serene! I took my dog and used snowshoes near the end! Saw an old avalanche slide so backcountry skiers be ware. There is not the most snowfall up there and it was in the 40’s so I may or may not have slid into the creek that was only inches below the snow...;) This hike is on my list for a fresh powder day!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, well marked! Snowshoes an absolute must as there is a ton of fresh powder up towards the top! Can't wait to come back!

Lots of snow when we went two weeks ago, going back again today! Very peaceful once you conquer the initial incline away from the road. Snowshoes a must. So much fun.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful day to hike the trail. Hardest part of the trail beginning the ascent with the switchbacks until it all levels out. Had to turn back short of the turnaround due to the necessity of snow shoes to continue. Otherwise a great experience!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

We did 4 miles RT of this trail today 1.13.18. Lots of snow - would recommend snowshoes or skis for any real distance on it. We turned around after the meadow area. Very pretty though!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views and feeling. We made the summit by 2:05pm 01-09-18 (start time 8:53am). Lucked out with beautiful blue skies. The terrifying brownish grey clouds scattered away as we ascended out of the willow area. I'm not the fastest so took about 9 hours total. Winter trek is 11+ miles (my GPS said 12) due to having to park at Silver Dollar Lake TH as Guenella Pass is closed from there. Walked down Guenella Pass in the dark on the way back to the car, but as long as I was of the actual trail before dark I was felling comfortable and our eyes adjusted to the dark. Micro-spikes were perfect, there was no need for snowshoes. I agree with the review before me do not look over that snow bank down to frozen lake too much as its sketchy and snow is slightly deep there.

Started from the winter parking lot ~2 miles below the actual trail head (roads well plowed to this point). Round trip is about 11 miles over a mixture of packed snow, gravel, and patchy ice. Leave your snow shoes and crampons in the car, microspikes are more than sufficient. I hike pretty quickly and it took me ~7 hours (4 up, 3 down). No ave danger except at the final quarter mile up the ridge to the summit; there’s a sketch snow bank overhanging the eastern slope. Don’t get curious to peak over the edge and this is easily avoidable.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Lots of snow coverage! Definitely recommend skis or snowshoes. I was following a couple other snowshoers and it turns out they were accidentally following some downhill ski tracks instead of the actual trail (by the time I checked my AllTrails map we were way higher up and off the trail- though still heading in the right direction). I didn't make it to the lake since we were on a steep slope in big drifts and I was slipping all over even with the snowshoes so I turned around... Anyway, it was beautiful and I would do it again!

hiking
4 months ago

1/6
The hike was absolutely beautiful, however, you 100% will need snowshoes to finish the last mile or so of the trail. Had to turn back because we ended up butt deep in snow

super easy made it up and down in a few hours. too many tourists.

It’s good, but there was ever present road noise. Far in it may be better, but expect to hear traffic. That being said, I thought it was pretty and the access was easy.

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