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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Clear Creek Ranger District

Quick Facts

Chief Mountain Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 909 Feet (283.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,709 Feet (3649.9 Meters)
Length: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Idaho Springs

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This is a fairly short hike to a mountain summit above timberline. It passes through a spruce-fir forest then up to the alpine tundra for the last half mile. Once on top you have a beautiful 360 degree view of the surrounding area including Mt. Evans, Pikes Peak, Longs Peak, and Denver . It is great to take kids and a picnic lunch.

Directions from Idaho Springs: Exit I-70 in Idaho Springs at exit 240. Go south on Colorado Highway 103. The trailhead is located 5 miles east of Echo Lake on Colorado Highway 103.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

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ICON Viewing Scenery Chief Mountain offers 360 degree views.


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