Chicago Lakes (#52)
Length: 6 miles ONE-WAY
Elevation: 10,331 feet - 12,868 feet
Trail Description: Begin at the Echo Lake Trailhead. Leaving from Echo Lake, the trail goes downhill for the first mile. The trail then climbs upward and passes through an old burn area from the Reservoir Fire of 1978. Abundant wildflowers stand out against the burned trees. Darting back into the trees, the first Chicago Lake sits at treeline. The trail to the second lake, which is above treeline, is difficult to follow at times and is very steep. Both lakes offer excellent views of surrounding peaks.
View a Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) Map of Chicago Lakes Trail.
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.|
|Best Season:||Hiking conditions are best from July through September.|
|Restrictions:||Wilderness regulations apply in the Mount Evans Wilderness.
|Closest Towns:||Idaho Springs, CO|
|Water:||Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.|
|Restroom:||Practice Leave No Trace principles.|
|Operated By:||U.S. Forest Service|