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Clear Creek County Recreation and Trails Map
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1. Jones Pass
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 4.1 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,304’/12,456’/2,237’
GETTING HERE: Jones Pass Rd (FSR 144.1) is across from the Henderson Mine, just west of Berthoud Falls off Hwy 40, approx. address 1746 Co Rd 202, Empire, 80438. ABOUT: Jones Pass Rd travels across the Continental Divide above tree line for several miles until it dead-ends. Essentially a dirt road with a steep grade in some places, hikers, bikers and backcountry skiers find it to be challenging. A groomed winter trail open to snowmobiles, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat bikes. Local business, Powder Addiction out of Empire offers snowcat ride service for adventurous skiers – more information, visit www.powderaddiction.com.
2. Butler Gulch Trail
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 4.9 MI RT
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,516’/11,926’/1,573’
GETTING HERE: Butler Gulch TH is located on Jones Pass Rd (FSR 144.1), west of Berthoud Falls, approx. 0.5 mi up Road 202 from Henderson Mine, approx. address 1746 Co Rd 202, Empire, 80438. ABOUT: The trail starts out as a narrow, closed road winding up through the forest at a slight grade, but halfway up the grade becomes steeper through spruce/fir forest until ending at an open bowl. This trail is great for viewing wildflowers in the summer and backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking in the winter. You may notice many snowshoe and ski tracks made by backcountry explorers heading out from the main trail.
3. Continental Divide Trail (CDT)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED | DISTANCE: 35 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 11,320’/14,270’/11,548’
GETTING HERE: Argentine Pass TH: Hwy 6 east towards Keystone, right on Montezuma Rd, left on Peru Creek Rd (Co Rd 260). The Berthoud Falls TH (large parking lot) is located 6 mi north of Berthoud Falls on US 40 west of Empire. ABOUT: The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) runs 3,100 mi between Mexico and Canada, crossing 5 states as it follows along the Rocky Mountains. The CDT section through Clear Creek County travels from James Peak to Argentine Pass (51.4 mi.) Several remote high elevation sections of the CDT make it a primitive, adventurous route. Unless you are a through hiker, the trail is best traveled between Berthoud Pass and Argentine Pass (35 mi). Part of the route overlaps other trails and dirt roads through the County.
Not all sections are open to mtn bikes.
4. Herman Gulch (Trail #98)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 6.4 MI RT
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,294’/12,012’/1,853’
GETTING HERE: TH with large dirt parking lot north side of I-70 at exit #218, approx. address Watrous Way, Silver Plume, 80435. ABOUT: A former sawmill road up Herman Gulch at a moderate grade, but steepens significantly to Herman Lake above tree line. Trail winds its way through forest, wildflower meadows and creeks, with occasional bighorn sheep or mountain goat sightings. Heavily trafficked during the summer weekends. Mtn bikes are allowed but not recommended due to trail configuration – bikes descending from Jones Pass Trail should use extreme caution. A portion of the CDT Trail overlaps most of the Herman Gulch Trail.
5. Watrous Gulch
LEVEL: ADVANCED | DISTANCE: 2.1 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,294’/11,759’/1,558’
GETTING HERE: TH with large dirt parking lot north side of I-70 at exit #218, approx. address Watrous Way, Silver Plume, 80435. ABOUT: This steep, rocky trail winds upwards a little over 2 mi from the lower TH to a spot high up on Woods Mtn, not quite to the top. At around the 1.3 mi mark it intersects with the west end of Bard Creek Trail. Watrous Gulch is a great fitness challenge trail with awesome views. Mtn bikers heading downhill from the Bard Creek Trail should use caution.
6. Bakerville Loveland Trail – BLT (Clear Creek Greenway Segment)
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 5 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 9,776’/10,682’/1,218’
GETTING HERE: East TH located on the frontage road at Bakerville, just south of I-70 at exit #221. West TH on the frontage road on the east side of the Loveland Valley Ski Area at I-70 exit #216. ABOUT: Paved multi-use recreational path, perfect for year round use, this trail has a slight uphill grade running parallel to I-70 from Bakerville to Loveland Valley Ski Area. Snowcat grooming during winter months provides an improved experience for fat bikes, cross country skiers and snow shoeing. The Continental Divide Trail overlaps this trail, connecting to Herman Gulch TH.
7. Grays & Torreys Peaks (Trail #54)
LEVEL: ADVANCED | DISTANCE: 8 MI RT
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 11,236’/14,260’/3,765’
GETTING HERE: I-70 at Bakerville exit# 221. Overflow parking at the bottom of Stevens Gulch Rd, ¼ mi south of the exit. TH and upper parking lot 3 mi up Stevens Gulch Rd. ABOUT: Grays & Torreys 14’ers are situated very close together on the continental divide, and normally combined into a single day hike. Bikes are not allowed. Grays is the highest point on the Continental Divide, providing fantastic views of the surrounding area. Weekend usage is very heavy, so plan accordingly.
8. Iron Fens / Geneva Basin
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 4 MI TRAIL NETWORK
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,253’/11,798’/1,688’
GETTING HERE: Follow Guanella Pass Rd to top and turn on Geneva Creek Rd (FSR 119), approx. address is 6118 Co Rd 62, Grant, 80448. Follow Geneva Creek Rd (rough dirt road) for 5 mi to the fork, past campsite #42. Turn right at the fork to enjoy Geneva Basin OHV trails or go left and follow the road a short way to the locked gate, this is the (non-motorized) Iron Fen TH. ABOUT: This location is registered as a Colorado State Natural Area with large areas of peat-forming wetlands quite reddish in color due to the iron in the ground water draining from surrounding calcareous rocks. Hike or bike the dirt roads throughout the area, but please stay on the trail as the Iron Fens are environmentally sensitive. The OHV trails are a network of old mining roads near the Iron Fens. Many old mines, and historic structures line the area, including remnants of the Sill Mine. Geneva Basin (aka Upper Geneva Creek) is a diverse trail, offering amazing views up to what was Geneva City.
9. Silver Dollar Lake
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 4.2 MI RT
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 11,199’/12,208’/1,148’
GETTING HERE: Follow Guanella Pass Rd to Silver Dollar Lake Rd, a rough dirt road for .7 mi to the Silver Dollar Lake TH. Park in the lot on the right. Silver Dollar Lake Rd is extremely difficult in winter conditions and users should park at the Guanella Pass Rd intersection and hike .7 mi to the TH. ABOUT: Silver Dollar Lake Trail is great for hiking and wildlife viewing near 3 high alpine lakes. Silver Dollar Lake is 1.6 mi hike from TH, Murray Lake is another .5 mi beyond Silver Dollar Lake. Naylor Lake is private property, no access.
10. Argentine Pass (Leavenworth Creek Rd, McClellan Mountain Rd)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 24 MI TRAIL NETWORK
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 9,456’/13,208’/4,065’
GETTING HERE: TH is 2.5 mi up Guanella Pass Rd from Georgetown, at the turnoff to Leavenworth Creek Rd. ABOUT: OHV trail network following FSR 248.1 to Argentine Pass, McClellan Mtn, Waldorf, and Santiago Mines. Remains of old mines and several structures are prevalent everywhere. One section of trail winds directly up the creek with two fairly deep creek crossings that can be rather daunting in spring but the views from higher up are well worth the effort. Freely explore spurs along the way – be advised route finding can be tricky – refer to a geo-referenced trail map such as the USFS Motor Vehicle Use Map available at the Visitor Center, in the Avenza app online library, or at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/mvum.
11. Mt Bierstadt (Trail #711)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 7.2 MI RT
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 11,630’/14,061’/2,697’
GETTING HERE: TH with asphalt parking lot near the summit of Guanella Pass Rd. Limited Parking. ABOUT: This 14er offers fantastic views of the surrounding area and is within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area. Bikes are not allowed. Mt Evans can also be reached via the Sawtooth connector for those up for the challenge. Winter closure at the Naylor Lake intersection and approximately 0.8 mi north of the summit, reopening Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. Non-motorized use such as bicycling, snowshoeing and back country skiing is permissible year-round. Weekend usage is very heavy, so plan accordingly.
12. 7:30 Mine Trail
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 4.5 MI RT
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 9,148’/10,586’/1,667’
GETTING HERE: TH with limited parking at north end of Silver St., approx. address 805 Silver St., Silver Plume, 80476. Additional parking in town. ABOUT: Narrow mining road up to the 7:30 Mine. Grade varies from 10-15%. Trail is lined with historical markers and artifacts. Griffin Monument, approx. 2 mi up offers excellent views of the area, continue .25 mi to the 7:30 Mine.
13. Argentine Central RR Grade
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 3.2 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 9,146’/10,038’/1,433’
GETTING HERE: Main TH in Silver Plume, ½ mi west of the Loop Railroad on frontage rd, approx. address 120 Mountain St., Silver Plume, 80476. Lower TH for 4×4 segment on Leavenworth Creek Rd (FRS248.1 continues to the left up to Argentine Pass), 1.2 mi up from Guanella Pass Rd and provides access to Pavilion Point (limited parking). ABOUT: Argentine Central RR Grade combines two segments; a (non-motorized) 2.4 mi segment winding up to Pavillion Point from main TH in Silver Plume where the 4×4 road continues down .8 mi to Creek Rd. The Argentine Central RR Grade represents remnants of an old railroad from Silver Plume to Pavilion Point to Waldorf and Mt McClellan. Grade maxes out at 7.5% making it perfect for hiking, biking, and snowshoeing. Great as an up & down or as a connector between Silver Plume and Silver Dale. Mtn bikers can enjoy the optional Pulaski Trail on their way down to Silver Plume, offering a steep challenging descent.
14. Silver Plume to Georgetown Express (Clear Creek Greenway Segment)
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 1.5 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,687’/9,114’/541’
GETTING HERE: East TH at the upper (back) corner of the Georgetown Loop Railroad parking lot, approx. address 646 Loop Dr., Georgetown, 80444. West TH located at the Georgetown Loop Railroad’s Silver Plume Depot, approx. address 825 Railroad Ave., Silver Plume, 80476. Parking – Visitors are encouraged to park in town and hike/ride the short distance from each TH while visiting the historic towns. ABOUT: This segment of the Clear Creek Greenway is an asphalt path running between historic Silver Plume and Georgetown Loop Railroad stations. With a view of the nearby train and tracks, including an excellent overlook area, it is perfect for biking and hiking year round. At 1.5 mi long with a slight uphill grade this path is great for all skill levels. This path may also be used to create a fun loop for mtn bikers from Georgetown to the Argentine Central RR Grade, through Silver Dale and down the Raspberry Trail back to Georgetown.
15. Tom Bennhoff Lake Trail
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 1.3 MI RT (LOOP)
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,468’/8,530’/227’
GETTING HERE: Parking and TH at Georgetown Lake, approx. address 2001 22nd St., Georgetown, 80444. ABOUT: Named after former Georgetown Mayor Tom Bennhoff, this wide, fairly flat gravel walking path loops around Georgetown Lake. Hikers, bikers, fishermen, snowshoers and others looking for an easy stroll around the lake will thoroughly enjoy this trail any time of year. The short Purdy and Dunbarton connector trails on the backside of the trail provide access to Silver Creek Trail higher up on the ridge side.
16. Silver Dale
LEVEL: EASY/INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 4.2 MI TRAIL NETWORK
ELEVATION START/HIGH: 9,266’/10,127’
GETTING HERE: TH and parking located on Guanella Pass Rd, 2 mi up from Georgetown, approx. address 1380 Co Rd 381, Georgetown, 80444. ABOUT: Beginner oriented (non-motorized) trail network with a few intermediate sections, open year-round. Three, well-marked, color coded “loops” enable easy route navigation among six short trails within Silver Dale; Sporting Times, Railbed, Clear Branch, Chicago Road, Highline Trail, and Anna Trail, offer mountain views and river access for walkers, hikers and mtn bikers. Silver Dale is an old mining area and QR coded markers provide info on historic sites – Colorado Central Mill is a highlight for visitors. The Highline Trail continues on, steeply winding its way to the top of Saxon Mtn for those in search of a serious workout. The Rutherford Trail connects from the Sporting Times Trail for those wishing to access Silver Dale from Georgetown.
17. Rutherford Trail
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: .93 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,553’/9,234’/798’
GETTING HERE: Lower TH and parking lot at the end of 3rd St. in the southwest corner of Georgetown. Upper TH located in Silver Dale, along the Sporting Times Trail. ABOUT: Excellent hiking and snowshoeing from Georgetown to Silver Dale and connects to Sporting Times Trail. Trail runs adjacent to S. Clear Creek with grades varying from 5-12%. Begins as a dirt road through a gate and heads up along the creek. Narrow trail begins across last bridge, about .3 mi up. The trail continues along the creek and connects to Sporting Times Trail in Silver Dale. A kiosk sign providing information can be found at the TH. QR code signs along the way mark historic locations.
18. Saxon Mountain Road
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 6.6 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,617’/11,418’/3,546’
GETTING HERE: TH on Saxon Mtn Rd in Georgetown (I-70 exit #228), approx. 1 mi from the intersection of 11th and Main St. (Main St. becomes Saxon Mtn Rd). ABOUT: Old mining road that climbs from 8,500’ to roughly 11,500’. Significant exposure and tight spots along this road make for nerve wracking moments, but the views are fantastic! Don’t miss the old cabins and ruins of the Anglo-Saxon, Loranzie and Highland Mines on your way up. Trail is great as an up & down or connect to/from Cascade/Ute Creek Loop (FSR 712.1) where it intersects South Spring Gulch Trail about 1.2 mi from the summit.
19. Silver Creek Trail
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 4.6 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,618’/9,009’/1,778’
GETTING HERE: West TH located just off the last driveway on Saxon Mtn Rd in Georgetown approx. address 350 Saxon Mtn Rd, Georgetown, 80444. Trail can also be accessed via the Purdy and Dunbarton connector trails on Tom Bennhoff Lake Trail, or via a .4 mi access trail (w/small parking lot) on frontage road, approx. address 849 Alvarado Rd, Georgetown, 80444. ABOUT: Running from Saxon Mtn Rd to Spring Creek (Silver City Jeep Rd) road above Lawson. The grade/elevation change is minimal, but technical sections, obstacles, and narrow segments with steep drops keep your heart rate up if you’re biking this trail. Old mines along the way add to the experience. Fairly easy for hiking, but significant exposure makes it intermediate for mtn biking. Hikers access the Silver Creek Trail via Purdy Trail off Tom Bennhoff Lake Trail or access trail on the frontage road.
20. PAW Education Research Trail (PERT)
LEVEL: EASY (ADA ACCESSIBLE) | DISTANCE: 0.2 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,629’/8,641’/14’
GETTING HERE: ¼ mile west of Empire on US40, just north of West Park Ave. ABOUT: PERT opened in 2013 as an ADA accessible trail showcasing the history of the wagon road over Berthoud Pass. The trail is 481’ long with about half having grades up to 5 representing the grades to the summit of Berthoud Pass. The trail is also enhanced for the visually impaired with Gravelpave2 sections flush with the level of the trail providing a differing texture as a “tactile warning” to indicate the location of 3-dimensional “way finding” maps. Visitors are able to touch the map and know what elevation changes and obstacles are ahead.
21. North Empire Jeep Trails
LEVEL: MIXED | DISTANCE: 15 MI TRAIL NETWORK
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,751’/10,458’/2,109’
GETTING HERE: US 40 to Empire, right on Main St. to N. Empire Rd, continuing to Bill Moore Lake TH at Lions Creek Rd intersection. Continue on N. Empire Rd to FSR 171.1 to FSR 183.1, this is the Mill Creek TH. Continue left on FSR 183.1 to Bill Moore Lake, or follow FSR 171.1 to the right (Mill Creek Loop). The Red Elephant upper TH is at the intersection of FSR 171.1 and 171.3A. The lower Red Elephant TH is accessed via FR308 from US 40 at the I-70 underpass; approx. address 2342 Co Rd 308 Idaho Springs, 80452. ABOUT: A network of USFS roads and spurs, or all-day route of Bill Moore Lake, Mill Creek Loop and Red Elephant Hill. Mix of beginner to advanced OHV roads, with Red Elephant Hill being the toughest, the route wanders through forest, rock obstacles, and meadows to Bill Moore Lake. Don’t forget to stop at the “Empire Hilton”, a historic survival cabin on Mill Creek Loop.
22. Bard Creek (Trail #83)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED | DISTANCE: 9.8 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,130’/12,037’/3,647’
GETTING HERE: East TH (w/limited parking) at the end of Bard Creek Rd (FSR 777.1), 4 mi west of Empire. Additional parking in pull-outs along FSR 777.1 or in town. West TH at intersection with Watrous Gulch Trail, 1.5 mi from large dirt parking lot at Herman/Watrous Gulch TH off I-70 exit #218. ABOUT: Single track from Bard Creek Rd to Watrous Gulch Trail. This fairly long, mixed level trail, is an all-day hike if you’re planning to travel from one end to the other. The eastern half runs along Bard Creek and offers fantastic views above tree line. Mtn bikers should plan on some hike-a-bike along the way. The Watrous Gulch Trail segment is advanced with steep rock obstacles. Route finding can be challenging above tree line, keep an eye out for rock cairns and prepare for rapidly changing weather conditions.
23. Spring Creek (Silver City Rd)
LEVEL: ADVANCED | DISTANCE: 5 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,113’/11,099’/3,350’
GETTING HERE: TH and staging area at the intersection of Alvarado and Silver City Rd, immediately on your left after crossing the bridge on Alvarado Rd at I-70 exit #233, approx. address 70 Silver City Rd, Dumont, 80436. ABOUT: This is a serious rock crawling trail with constant challenges, including named obstacles such as “The Wall”. NOT a trail for beginners! The trail climbs straight up the mountain on FSR 712.2J, providing spectacular views high above I-70 of the surrounding area. A short distance beyond the final obstacle, appropriately named the “Rock Garden”, you will intersect with the Cascade/Ute Creek Loop where you can choose to head down FSR 712.1 to Hwy 103 or Saxon Mtn Rd to Georgetown. Weekend usage is very heavy, so plan accordingly.
24. Mt Evans (West Ridge via Mt Spalding + Trail #51)
LEVEL: ADVANCED | DISTANCE: 2.75 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 12,248’/14,246’/2,000’
GETTING HERE: Mt Evans lower TH and parking area at Summit Lake, 9 mi up Mt Evans Rd from the gate at Hwy 103. The upper TH is at the top of Mt Evans. Fees apply for vehicles. ABOUT: This steep/rocky trail at high altitude is not for beginners. Hike from Summit Lake as an up & down, or catch a ride back down Mt Evans Rd. You are encouraged to visit the interpretive center and continue the short .3 mi walk up Trail #51 to the summit of Mt Evans at 14,271’ for amazing views and wildlife such as marmots and mountain goats. Those who prefer a paved route to the top can traverse the 14.4 mi route from the Forest Service gate on Squaw Pass Rd to the top of Mt Evans. This route is closed to vehicles Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Non-motorized use such as bicycling, snowshoeing and back country skiing is permissible year-round. Weekend usage is very heavy, so plan accordingly.
25. Chicago Lakes (Trail #52)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 5.4 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,600’/12,865’/3,024’
GETTING HERE: The lower TH is on the backside of Echo Lake Trail, park at Echo Lake off of Hwy 103. The upper TH is at Summit Lake, 9 mi up Mt Evans Rd. ABOUT: This trail climbs its way up at a steady grade from Echo Lake, then alongside Chicago Creek through the Mt Evans Wilderness past Idaho Springs Reservoir and Chicago Lakes, up a rocky section to Summit Lake. Bikes are not allowed on this trail. The upper TH intersects with the Mt Evans West Ridge via Mt Spalding Trail #51. Users can hike this as an up & down, shuttle from Summit Lake, or continue on to the top of Mt Evans.
26. Echo Lake
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 0.75 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,600’/10,661’/90’
GETTING HERE: I-70 exit #240 up Hwy 103 12.5 mi from Idaho Springs, approx. address 12334 Squaw Pass Rd, Idaho Springs, 80452. Parking at Echo Lake picnic area or near the gate for Mt Evans. ABOUT: Enjoyed year round, this trail offers an easy, relaxing walk around the south side of Echo Lake with beautiful scenery. This trail also provides access to Chicago Lakes Trail #52 for those interested in continuing their journey to Summit Lake. Bicycles are not allowed on this path. Great for snowshoeing.
27. Devils Canyon Area
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 10 MI TRAIL NETWORK
ELEVATION START/HIGH: 10,327’/10,415’
GETTING HERE: I-70 exit #240 Hwy 103 south for 10.2 mi to the TH at FSR 246.1, approx. address 9795 Squaw Pass Rd, Idaho Springs, 80452. ABOUT: Devils Canyon is a vast network of forest service roads and OHV trails. Most spurs come to a dead end, but present interesting challenges along the way. The first section is fairly steep but easy climb. The area is possible to run as a large loop that starts and ends at the first fork, or you could spend the day exploring all the side roads. This area is closed to vehicles Dec-Jun.
28. Cascade/Ute Creek
LEVEL: EASY/INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 12 MI RT (LOOP)
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,527’/9,601’/1,293’
GETTING HERE: I-70 exit #240 in Idaho Springs, 5.3 mi up Hwy 103 to Cascade Creek TH (.5 mi past Ute Creek Rd) on the right, approx. address 5494 CO-103, Idaho Springs, 80452. ABOUT: Jeep/OHV road running along Cascade and Ute Creeks. Fairly easy with a few challenging sections and creek crossings. Alternately, you can drive to top of Saxon Mtn or explore many spurs along the way to make for a longer trip. This route can be used as a connector from Saxon Mtn to Georgetown or Spring Creek Trail to Idaho Springs.
29. Resthouse Meadows (Trail #57)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 6.4 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,655’/11,444’/1,754’
GETTING HERE: From I-70 exit #240, travel 14 mi south on Hwy 103 to Echo Lake Campground. Trail begins on campground loop (FSR 191.1). Follow “TRAIL” signs past restrooms and camp sites. ABOUT: Climbs through trees and across Vance Creek to tree line where 700 acres of forest burned in the 1962 Lincoln Lake Fire. Elk now enjoy grazing the meadow. Out & back hikers take the right fork to Lincoln Lake Trail (Trail #45) midway through the meadow for the .5 mi walk to Lincoln Lake before heading back down to Echo Lake for a 11+ mi hike. Long distance hikers – continue last mile of steep terrain to Summit Lake Flats Trail (Trail #82) to Summit Lake, or beyond the intersection to trail’s end at Beaver Meadows Trail (Trail #44).
30. Chief Mountain (Trail #58)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 2.9 MI RT
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,722’/11,707’/1,039’
GETTING HERE: Parking in pullout on north side of Hwy 103, .5 mi west of Echo Mountain Ski Resort near mile marker 18, TH across the Hwy. ABOUT: Users encounter a consistent uphill grade through spruce and fir forest to tree line where the alpine tundra begins. This fairly arduous, hiking trail, with a steep section prior to the summit where you will be rewarded with incredible 360 degree views of the surrounding area, including Bear Creek Basin, Mt Evans, Mt Goliath, Rogers Peak and Roslin Peak.
31. St. Mary’s Glacier
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 3.9 MI RT
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,540’/11,653’/1,147’
GETTING HERE: TH and two, pay parking lots located 9 mi up Fall River Rd from I-70 exit #238, approx. address 9054 Fall River Rd, Idaho Springs, 80452. ABOUT: A fantastic out & back trail with a moderate uphill grade. The trail starts wide but becomes narrow with numerous side trails branching off through the woods. Hikers will find St. Mary’s Lake about .5 mi up the trail, from there take the bridge across and continue up the rocky hill to the glacier, or continue another mile to the junction with Kingston Peak Trail for great high altitude views. The St. Mary’s Glacier Trail is enjoyable year round, and is an exceptional favorite for snowshoeing. Weekend usage is very heavy, so plan accordingly.
32. Barbour Fork Area (Including Trail #48)
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 8 MI TRAIL NETWORK
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 8,692’/10,572’/2,542’
GETTING HERE: TH w/large dirt parking lot located 3 mi past Indian Hot Springs on Soda Creek Rd, approx. address 2930 Soda Creek Rd, Idaho Springs, 80452. Trail #48 is located .5 mi up FSR 194.2. ABOUT: Mix of single track and OHV roads. (closed to motorized vehicles Dec-Jun) Hikers and mtn bikers can explore the area via Trail #48 (non-motorized) combined with OHV roads crossing through groves of aspen and conifer trees. OHVs enjoy intermediate level 4×4 roads as they meander on USFS roads in a counter-clockwise loop with optional spurs. All will appreciate fantastic overlooks and ruins along the way.
33. Warren Gulch
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 4.2 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 10,730’/10,730’/-2,637’
GETTING HERE: Upper TH w/parking located on Hwy 103 above Echo Mtn Ski Resort. Lower TH on Steve Canyon Rd, parking/shuttle/loading 1 mi away at bottom of Little Bear Creek Rd at Soda Creek Rd intersection. ABOUT: Rocky, fairly technical single track with a consistent, steep grade favored by downhill mtn bikers. Mountain bikes may shuttle the 10 mi from the lower parking area up Little Bear Creek Rd to Echo Mtn Ski Area, ride up the shuttle route, or ride up Soda Creek Rd and take Steve Canyon Rd to the lower TH where you will be faced with a steep climb to the top. Users are encouraged to remain on the trail and respect private property as the path threads within USFS land near private property on the lower section. Please note that Lost Mine Ln is a private road and no longer part of the trail, users are advised to stay on Warren Gulch road until the trail is re-aligned.
34. Scott Lancaster Memorial Trail (Clear Creek Greenway Segment)
LEVEL: EASY | DISTANCE: 4 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 7,231’/7,561’/878’
GETTING HERE: Two locations available: one at the Shelly/Quinn Ball Fields at 101 E. Idaho Springs Rd, 80452 and two, Game Check Station TH at 1335 E. Idaho Springs Rd, 80452. Additional parking in town. ABOUT: Paved multi-use recreational path with bike lane sections along the frontage roads. This path runs from Hwy 6 & I-70 just west of Floyd Hill and across the Scott Lancaster Memorial Bridge to the City of Idaho Springs. Following along Clear Creek, this scenic segment of the Clear Creek Greenway is home to several popular fishing sites and wildlife along the way.
35. Beaver Brook Watershed
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 12 MI TRAIL NETWORK
ELEVATION START/HIGH: 8,543’/9,183’
GETTING HERE: Three access points; upper TH w/ large parking area on Hwy 103 at Witter Gulch Rd (Road 475). Lower TH (w/limited parking) on Old Squaw Pass Rd at Hwy 103, and Pat Creek Open Space TH (w/limited parking) along Beaver Brook Canyon Rd near Floyd Hill. ABOUT: Network of old wagon roads for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Main trail runs from Old Squaw Pass Rd to Beaver Brook Reservoir where it bears left towards the upper TH at Witter Gulch Rd North Beaver Brook Trail splits to the right up an old wagon trail to Pat Creek Open Space.
36. Clear Creek Greenway
LEVEL: EASY/INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 30 MI ONE WAY
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 7,231’/10,682’/5,657’
GETTING HERE: East TH on the US 40 Frontage Rd, across Hwy 6 from Two Bears Tap & Grill at I-70 exit #244, approx. address 33295 US-6, Idaho Springs, 80452. West TH on the Frontage Rd adjacent to the Loveland Valley Ski Area at I-70 exit #216. Several parking areas with trail access at various locations along the Greenway. ABOUT: Various segments make-up this “trail” that will become part of the P2P (Peaks-to-Plains) trail system crossing Colorado, but for now it remains a patchwork of interconnected 6-8ft wide concrete and asphalt paths, interspersed with bike lanes along frontage roads running the length of Clear Creek County from Hwy 6 & I-70 east of Idaho Springs to Loveland Valley Ski Area. This is a great multi-use recreational path and provides access for fishing and wildlife viewing. Construction and improvements are ongoing. www.ccgreenway.com.
37. Floyd Hill Open Space
LEVEL: EASY/INTERMEDIATE | DISTANCE: 1.3 MI TRAIL NETWORK
ELEVATION START/HIGH/GAIN: 7,931’/8,335’/466’
GETTING HERE: TH and dirt parking lot on US40 at the bottom of Floyd Hill, on north side of I-70 at exit #247. From Denver exit #248 and continue 1.3 mi west on US40 to the trailhead. Approx. address 37899 US40, Evergreen, 80439. ABOUT: An existing 1.3 mile “necktie loop” route created by combining new single track with old wagon roads provides visitors with fantastic views of the surrounding area and access higher up on Floyd Hill, where hikers and mtn bikers can continue exploring the area or head back down the wagon road portion of the loop.