Chief Mountain, Sunday Aug. 11 at 9 AM

A scenic but strenuous 2 mile hike with about 1000' elevation gain from Squaw Pass Rd. to the top of Chief Mountain (11,709'). Excellent view of Mt. Evans (14,264') and surrounding area from the top.

More information here:

http://www.summitpost.org/chief-mountain/153817

Directions from the website:

The trailhead is located at a large pullout on the north side of the Squaw pass road. Colorado 103 can be accessed from Evergreen parkway, exit 252 on I-70. There will be a light with a sign for 103, and turn left there.

It is somewhat hard to locate unless you're climbing on a summer or fall weekend in which case there will be plenty of cars but it should be the biggest one around. Basically drive up squaw pass road from Evergreen for twelve miles. After about this time you will pass a road to the south that leads up to the Squaw peak radio tower. The pullout will be shortly after this. Look across the road for a three foot high cement marker with the number 290 on it. Looking down on the north side fo the road you should also be able to see the remnants of the old Squaw Pass ski area. This is the start of the trail. The trail will switchback steeply up into the trees.

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  • Lise Marie B.

    Nice hike, nice people, excellent vista!

    August 11, 2013

  • Robert T.

    Great. Nice day, nice hike, and good to be with people and talk about the hike, future hikes and other things. Thanks Steve for organizing this hike.

    August 11, 2013

  • Sandie

    Steve , unfortunatly I won't be able to make it either. Not feeling well this morning. My apologies.

    August 11, 2013

  • Liliana P.

    I would love to joing you someday. Since I have no car I will do it in a day where the meeting point for car pooling is in a place that I can reach by RTD.
    Going to Boulder to another hike! Wish you fun and a safe hike!
    thank you for accept my request to join

    August 11, 2013

  • Steve Van V.

    OK, hope to see you all either at the trailhead at 9 or the Wooly Mammoth Park n Ride at 8 to 8:15. I'm not sure how much time the detour will add to the drive, maybe 10 minutes or so. Also, we have to find a place to park, perhaps in one of the places Robert mentioned. So, this may be a day to be a bit flexible with timing. We can always wait near the trailhead for anyone having trouble getting there.

    If anyone has trouble finding me or the meetup group at either the Park n Ride or the trailhead, my cell phone number is (720)[masked]

    August 10, 2013

    • Steve Van V.

      Also, I should have a small Colorado flag to help identify the group.

      August 10, 2013

    • Robert T.

      I drove up there today (Saturday) and unless people are coming in several cars, parking right across from the trail head should not be a problem. And I don't think the detour adds any more than 10 minutes to the drive.

      August 10, 2013

  • Robert T.

    Steve and all,
    Last time I took Squaw Pass Road/103 from Evergreen, they were doing road work on a section of it and traffic was detoured around a part of it. As I work in Evergreen now I will take the road on Thursday or Friday and get an estimate of the mileage to the place we will park and post it here to make sure everyone can get there with no confusion.

    August 7, 2013

    • Robert T.

      Sorry, I hit the enter key too soon. I was going t add that since I live right off of CO 103 a half mile from Idaho Springs, if there is not much room for my car across from the trailhead, I will park my car beyond the trail head and meet you all AT the trail head at 9:00AM. So that will be one less car parking to be concerned about. Oh and that dirt road 3/10 of a mile before the trail head is on the left hand?North side of the road.

      August 8, 2013

    • Steve Van V.

      Thanks for finding this out, Robert. I think that the rest of us will just have to carpool earlier from the Wooly Mammoth Park n Ride and allow more time to arrive. It may be a day to be patient.

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in carpooling?

    August 6, 2013

    • Steve Van V.

      Yes, I found that on the Google Map link of the route. Probably allow 45 minutes for good measure. So yes, meet about 8 to 8:15 AM at that big lot. I have a small Colorado flag to identify the group.

      August 7, 2013

    • Steve Van V.

      Also, my cell phone number is (720)[masked]

      August 7, 2013

  • Lise Marie B.

    Steve, If we meet up at the the Mammoth parking lot, how much time should we allow ourselves to get to the trailhead?

    August 7, 2013

  • Robert T.

    Sounds great.

    August 5, 2013

  • Steve Van V.

    West Denver Trails hiked up Chief Mountain two years ago:

    http://www.meetup.com/West-Denver-Trails/events/25286861/

    It was very scenic with views such as above, as well as a good conditioning hike.

    August 5, 2013

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