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.

Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

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.
Fire InformationUnless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Backpacking

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.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Horse Riding & Camping

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Winter Sports

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles (one way)

  Latitude : 
39.678331

  Longitude : 
-105.659744

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

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=28432&actid=51