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South Chicago Creek Trail (#90)


This short hike parallels south Chicago creek through the forest in the Mount Evans Wilderness.

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: * 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: Stream; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 - Hwy 103. Go south to Heffernan Gulch road, turn right on dirt road, go approx. 1.5 miles to left fork parking area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Hide detail HIDE


This short hike parallels south Chicago creek through the forest in the Mount Evans Wilderness.

Day Hiking

This is a short hike yet the thin air and occasional steepness may be challenging.

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
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles (one way)

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  Elevation : 
10,000' - 10700