Hell's Hole Trailhead

  • June 13, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Our last 9am hike - it's officially Summer next week and we'll start meeting at the trailhead at 8am.

Hell’s Hole (trail #53) is a hiking trail that begins at the Chicago Creek picnic ground (west of Idaho Springs). The trail is a moderate-difficult 9.3 miles roundtrip hike with 1,700 feet of elevation gain, to the base of Gray Wolf Mountain – a place called Hell’s Hole - in an open meadow. The area is gorgeous! With an open alpine meadow and small creek surrounded by high peaks, this place is worth the long hike! We'll spend some time in the meadow having a snack and enjoying the scenery.

The trail is well-maintained by the U.S. Forest Service and is moderately traveled. There are bathrooms at the trailhead.  The trailhead begins in the Chicago Creek picnic area then passes through tall aspen stands, steep slopes, and pine forest. It is mostly an uphill climb so we'll have a picnic at the end of the trail (in Hell’s Hole) and just spend time taking in the beauty.

Carpool: Meet at the Wooly Mammoth parking lot, Section CC (across from the Conoco Station) located at the Morrison Exit 259.  We'll form some carpools and leave lot by 8am or you can meet us at the trailhead.

Directions to the Trailhead: Exit I-70 at exit 240 in Idaho Springs, then go south on Colorado-103 (CO-103) (there are signs for Mount Evans as well) for 6.5 miles. Turn right on a dirt road that is Forest Service Road-188 (FS-188). Follow FS-188 for 3 miles to the trailhead. (Right before the trailhead, West Chicago Creek Campground will be on the left.)

Optional Refreshment/Lunch after the hike at Tommyknockers located at 1401 Miner Street in Idaho Springs, Phone[masked]-2688.

See you there!

Important Note:  This is a participate at your own risk event!

Life is risky. I am not a professional guide.  By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.

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  • dave

    not as 'tough' as advertised... BUT no cake walk either!

    June 18, 2013

  • Rossy

    Great workout, wonderful group of people as usual.

    June 15, 2013

  • Debbie

    FYI - just visited the Clear Creek Ranger Station to ask questions about Hell's Hole. There are legends about it's name and they have no knowledge of the "real" Hell's Hole being over that ridge I pointed out to everyone. I learned that "legend" from a couple other hikers who I think just enjoy bushwhacking! LOL

    June 14, 2013

  • Carol B.

    A beautiful area and a great bunch of people. Thank you Debbie, for setting this up.

    June 13, 2013

  • Terry G.

    It was a bit of grind to get to the top but well worth it.

    June 13, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Great hike and lovely people.

    June 13, 2013

  • Debbie

    This is a great hike and so beautiful at the top with the bristlecone pines, snowy mountains and some wildflowers.

    1 · June 13, 2013

  • Linda

    Will meet at Wooly Mammoth. Are we really going to leave "lit"?

    June 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If I was hiking lit, it would have to be a pretty short hike! It's all so fascinating.

      June 12, 2013

    • Debbie

      Sorry about the typo! Maybe some were hoping !

      June 13, 2013

  • Joan J.

    Sorry to miss this one. Not feeling well.

    June 13, 2013

  • Rossy

    Linda, do you want to carpool at century link? I can't stay for lunch.

    June 12, 2013

  • linda

    I have some business to take care of on Thursday before going out of town for the weekend. Sorry to miss this hike.

    June 12, 2013

  • Denise L.

    Foot problem. So sorry.

    June 11, 2013

  • Don

    My knee is acting up again

    June 9, 2013

  • Angela D.

    Wish that I could be there but I have to work. Maybe next time.

    June 8, 2013

  • Richard E.

    Be sure Linda I'll be there with you!

    June 7, 2013

  • Linda

    I'm going and I hike at a slower pace.

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It sounds great, but I think I will need to hike on my own so I can go slowly. Have fun!

    June 7, 2013

  • Caryl

    This is a beautiful place; I think I prefer to visit it on a slower paced, all day hike, with lunch mid day way up there.

    June 7, 2013


    I have to work

    June 4, 2013

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