Snowshoe Chicago Lakes & relax after @ Indian Hot Springs!

DISTANCE:  9.4 Miles Roundtrip


ELEVATION: 10,617' - 11,733' (+1,116' Net Gain, +2,392' Rountrip Net Gain)

ALL MEMBERS MUST JOIN THE WAIT LIST TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS HIKE... Members will be added based on my own and/or the groups past hiking experience with members and other factors.  RSVP and no-show history will be considered as well.  If you do not make it on the attending list for this hike, we will see you on the next one!  :)


We will hike to Chicago Lakes and from there head to the Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs.  With that said be sure to bring a good snack or lunch to tide you over.  We can go somewhere in Idaho Springs for beers and dinner after the hotsprings if anyone is interested.  We can decide that during the hike.  Be sure to bring extra clothes, a towel, bathing suit and cash for the hotsprings!! 

Important!!  If you do not wish to participate in the hotsprings portion of the event...please be sure you either drive yourself to the trailhead or carpool with people who you know have the same plan as you!! 

CARPOOL:  8:00 is the carpool time, NOT the trailhead time!

For those interested in carpooling from Denver, I suggest meeting at the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (Section BB, across from the Conoco) in Morrison at 7:50 and leaving no later than 8:00.  I will not be at the carpool location, but will meet attendees at the trailhead.  For those planning on meeting at the trailhead we will leave no later than 9:00.


Chicago Lakes are located south of Idaho Springs, CO in the Mt Evans Wilderness Area of the Arapaho National Forest. The Chicago Lakes Trail begins at Echo Lake (west side), 13.25 miles south of I-70.

From I-70, exit #240 and head south on HWY 103 (toward Mt Evans) for 13 miles to Echo Lake. Turn right down the first dirt road on your right and continue .25 miles to the parking area.


Dogs Allowed: Yes, but must be leashed at all times (no exceptions)!


A popular trail starting at Echo Lake and descending to Chicago Creek before a gradual ascent past the Idaho Springs Reservoir to the lower and upper Chicago Lakes.  The reservoir is reached after 1.8 miles, the lower lake after 4 miles, and the upper lake after approximately 4.9 miles.  The trail steepens considerably up the rock face separating the two lakes.  It is a strenuous climb, but results in amazing views.


Should bring emergency headlamp, snowshoes, micro spikes, hiking poles and extra warm gloves & clothing.  I highly recommend hand and toe warmers for the winter months.  Also, bring extra water and plan for what to do in case your Camel back water tube freezes.  Don't forget food and snacks for when we reach the lake.

By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are soley responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you will require.


Indian Hot Springs

302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs, CO

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  • Roxane D.

    sorry I couldn't get anyone via email to commit to giving me a ride. My 4w drive is getting new tires. Only a convertible available for my use tomorrow. Too bad it didn't work out.

    February 15, 2013

    • Krista

      Sorry about that...turned out most people drove themselves to the trailhead this morning, which is probably why you didn't get a response for the carpooling. Hope it works out for you on the next one!

      February 16, 2013

  • Jeff

    Awesome trail! Was good to see everyone. Sorry I had to bug out early. I started feeling bad and decided I needed to call it a day.

    February 16, 2013

    • Krista

      It was great to see you again.. It was a beautiful day..hope you get to feeling better! See you on the next hike!

      1 · February 16, 2013

  • Krista

    Hey everyone.. I will not be at the carpool in the morning, but will have Jen, Eloise and Thibaut with me and will meet everyone else at the trailhead. I have received mixed feedback on the hotsprings portion of this event, so I am open either way and we can decide tomorrow during the hike if we want to go to the hotsprings after or just go get dinner and beer.. :)

    February 15, 2013

  • Marija K.

    Hi guys,
    I'll be at Wooly Mammoth at 7:50 as suggested. Is there someone I could carpool with to the trailhead?

    February 15, 2013

  • Roxane D.

    Hi Everyone.
    I would like to catch a ride with someone for the snowshoe. I'm not interested in the Hot Springs, but dinner is fine. Can someone let me know tonight if I can catch a ride? Thanks Roxane[masked]

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Krista, I may have unrsvp'd to another meeup ? strange...sorry I will not be able to make it ugh :(

    February 15, 2013

  • Ed W.

    Face is still healing from extreme cold last weeked :(

    February 15, 2013

  • Nicolas

    Sorry, need to cancel this time

    February 14, 2013

  • Anne

    Yiikes, made other plans while on the wait list...have fun!

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, I've got a conflict this weekend and need to bow out. Enjoy!

    February 14, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Only hike no hot springs.

    February 13, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Is the complete 9 miles required?

    February 13, 2013

  • Alex

    I'm in for hike, hotsprings and aprés hike

    January 23, 2013

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