DISTANCE: 9.4 Miles Roundtrip
SKILL LEVEL: MODERATE TO STRENUOUS (Not for Beginners!)
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