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.