Hells Hole Trail (#53)


A visitor information sign at beginning of Hells Hole Trail. Beginning of trail is in the background

Traveling along West Chicago Creek for about a mile, the trail climbs at a steady pace through a large grove of aspen trees. The second and third miles are rocky but less steep. When the trail ends at Hell's Hole, the area opens to a meadow where alpine willows grow at the base of Gray Wolf Mountain.

At a Glance

Permit Info: * A mandatory free self-issuing permit is required for the Mount Evans Wilderness. * Free permits are available at each trailhead or entry point into the wilderness.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Mount Evans Wilderness * Dogs must be on a hand held leash * No motorized or mechanized equipment * Camps, campfires and stock, where allowed, at least 100 feet from water and trails * Group size limited to 15 people and/or 10 pack/stock animals per party * Certified weed-free hay is required for stock
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: Streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: * Six and a half miles south of Idaho Springs on Highway 103, take the West Chicago Creek Road for three miles. * The trailhead starts where the road ends. * Walk through the Chicago Creek Picnic Area.



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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles (one way)

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  Elevation : 
Trailhead: 9,500' - Destination: 11,200'