Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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
1 day ago

Great conditions currently and the trail was easy to follow the entire way.

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
4 days ago

5/16. Awesome hike with great views. Could only reach lower Chicago lake, still too much snow for upper. Although some hikers went all the way up. Reservoir is also beautiful but worth the hike all the way to the top. Once you pass upper Chicago lake it, the trail continues to Summit Lake and then continues to the summit of Mt. Evans. Waterproof shoes a must. Instagram ec_boyd

Started at Echo Lake TH. Made it to the reservoir and kept going. To the right of the Rez there is snowpack that is melting. I post holed a little, but was fine. Passed the private property and on up to the lake. The trail near the lake was snowed in so I couldn’t find the rest of the trail. Had lunch to the right/backside of the lake then turned back.

I imagine in the summer the trail continues on past the lake. I looked at the map where you register for wilderness camping and noticed you can summit Evans from this trail, so I know the trail wraps around past the lake, I just couldn’t find the trail because of snow.

Anyway, I’ll give it another shot this summer. Still a decent hike for 5/12/18.

on St. Mary's Glacier

hiking
6 days ago

I usually agree with the average rating on AllTrails but not in this case. Yes it is close to Denver but this is overrated on all accounts. Drive an extra 20-30 minutes for many more options.

One of my favorite hikes that I've ever done. Not too physically demanding, but so rewarding. The views at the top are insane, even with cloud coverage. The drive up to the trailhead is a treat in itself too. Did this one 5/14/18 and would recommend crampons or microspikes for the descent- I can imagine it'd be a little slick without them. However, the risk of post-holing is pretty much gone! Get up there and see some beauty!!!

Great hike for early May. The trail was nearly completely snow free and it wasn't terribly hot!! Great views of snowy mountains while you are on dry land! Some parts of the trail were thru forests which is a nice switch up from what I've been used to in CO. The lake is gorgeous and a fun place to sit and watch clouds roll over while drinking water and enjoying a snack and sitting silently without cell service or the sound of cars rushing by. It does become a little physically demanding so lots of water is a must.

Super cool to see a glacier! Great hike for someone who wants epic views without it taking a chunk of your day. The trail was icy/slushy when we went 5/13/18 but nothing terrible in hiking boots!

hiking
7 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Colorado. Went up yesterday and the trail was pretty much clear of snow. Some snow in small patches. Beautiful scenery and a moderate amount of people around 10am

Great variety of scenery; walking labyrinth about 2/3 of the way down the trail. Very little traffic at 8am until about noon.

Trail head has Portal Potties (not the cleanest). $5 fee to park (Honor System). The trail is pretty steep and rocky in the beginning but not bad at all. Once you reach the top it's amazing. Mountains were covered in snow. The trail is covered in snow, some slush but no ice..snow is very very slippery in sneakers so wear boots. At the top you can ski down, snow board or just slide down. The lake was half frozen. Beautiful pictures on this trail. Trail had moderate traffic. Definitely coming back when snow is melted.

fun trash bag sledding!

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely beautiful scenery throughout the entire hike. Some snow but easily passable with hiking shoes. I brought my yak tracks but didn’t need them. The trail was wet as you get closer to Chicago Lakes #1. If you are careful, it shouldn’t be a problem. My feet were dry the entire hike. There was one slightly sketchy water crossing but it’s not too bad if you take your time and watch where you step.

hiking
11 days ago

Simple, beautiful hike. My favorite to do with family and friends coming in from out of state because even the out of shape of us can handle it and it’s an incredible pay off.

hiking
11 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
11 days ago

Beautiful little trail. Definitely wear some waterproof boots.. lots of little streams and snow on the trail. Otherwise great views ! 5$ parking bring exact change !

Started at 9 AM and got back around 2 pm. There is a little snow but I only put on spikes for the last hill going up to the 2nd lake. Otherwise normal hiking boots are fine.

hiking
12 days ago

Fun hike. We went this past Saturday May 5 and it was ALL snow. Either Yaktrax or trekking poles are helpful, but not necessary (but expect to fall a few times or get buried into feet of snow at times). I think it should be considered a moderate hike because the incline in the first 1/2 mile itself is tough. But I think it is "easy" because its short. It took us about 2.5 hours in and out. Beautiful views!

walking
13 days ago

Very easy for a family with small children. Not rigorous or challenging at all; good when you have a 2 year old who wants to walk.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike! Was on the trail about 8:45 on Saturday morning (5/5/18), we were the first ones up to the lake although we didn't actually go right up to the shore, we basically stopped where the map shows the trail ending, 50 ft or so above the lake. Mud & Snow most of the way after you hit the reservoir. 2-3 feet of snow in a few spots once you're close to the lake made for a few solid postholes, but i don't think snowshoes would be worth it, and the snow will be gone soon enough. Poles & Yaktraks might help but i didn't have either and was fine. Not sure i would classify this as a "Hard" hike, the most difficult part is probably the uphill at the very end, since the trail takes you to the bottom of the canyon from Echo Lake before you start climbing again, but there was quite a bit of level ground as well, not just a constant climb. Will definitely be back in another month or so to try and make it to the upper lake!

hiking
14 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.

View was amazing. Definitely a bit more difficult in the snow, but totally worth it. Spikes are definitely necessary until the snow melts.

Amazing views! Lots of snow, bring water proof boots

05-04-18, Lots of snow on the trail. Shoe spikes were a must. This is a great trail with stunning views.

Breath- taking hike, and didn’t see a single other person. 4 wheel drive road is closed, adds a little under a mile each way to the hike. Snowshoes helpful, but not necessary. Pretty easy trail to follow, but helpful to have a gps/map to find the last lake, as the trail was unmarked.

Hiked from I-70 in mid April as the road to trailhead was not accessible even with a 4x4 due to mix of snow and Ice. But as Temps rise it should clear. Check with Ranger's office to get updated information on the road conditions. Amazing views from the trailhead to the peak. Recommend snowshoes and microspikes if hiking in winter conditions. Definitely worth giving a try.

hiking
21 days ago

Excellent for what it is - front range hike with great views.

We did this hike yesterday. Excellent views in 360 degrees but really slick especially from the start up to about 5/6 of the way up where the snow had finally melted. Excellent views of the front range and not too far of a drive. Even with chains on my boots, still fell a couple times into snow. Windy at the summit.

beautiful! hiked today with some friends - most of them just had regular tennis shoes on and did fine. it’s definitely slick, but it’s a fun challenge..and you’re not close to a cliff or anything, so if you slip it’s no biggie. tons of people out today! absolutely gorgeous hike.

hiking
22 days ago

I actually ended up doing this hike by accident. I was planning on visiting the Mount Evans Bypass, but the road was closed. I pulled off to the side of the road to get a picture of Echo lake and ended up walking around it. I saw a sign for Chicago lake and decided to hike it. It was muddy, but that was expected as the snow was melting. Chicago Lake was absolutely worth it. I cant wait to do this hike again in the summer.

hiking
22 days ago

AMAZING hike! I get to see 3 different lakes. Although, it was still icey and deep snow after 3 miles passed from the starting point. I had a HIIT training class all day yesterday so my body was already sore, but I made it to this beautiful hike and so happy I went. Traffic was heavy until about 2 mile point then I didn't see anyone at the end of the trail(right in front of Chicago Lake). Recommend to get there before 10am to find a parking spot nor you'll be out of luck or driving around to find a spot as the weather gets nicer and nicer. You'll need a waterproof hiking boots unless you don't care your shoes to get muddy. Ski poles are not necessary if you only go up to the first 2 miles but it will be handy after the 3rd mile.

Ran into lots of dogs, but I didn't see any trash cans/bags during the hike, so if you take your dogs, please take stuff to take care of your dogs' afterwards.

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