Colorado, Hell’s Hole Trail

State: Colorado
Location: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Length, One-Way: 3.5 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Minimum Elevation: 9500 feet
Maximum Elevation: 11200 feet
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Difficulty: Moderate
Usage: Moderate

Colorado Mallards

Trail Information

Traveling along West Chicago Creek for about a mile, the Hell’s Hole Trail climbs at a steadily step pace through a large grove of aspen trees. The second and third miles are rocky but less steep. When the trail ends at Hell’s Hole, the area opens to a meadow where alpine willows grow at the base of Grey Wolf Mountain.

When winter comes to the Rockies, the Hell’s Hole Trail becomes a popular snowshoeing location.


Six and a half miles south of Idaho Springs on Highway 103, take the West Chicago Creek Road for another 3 miles. The trailhead starts where West Chicago Creek Road ends. Walk right through the Chicago Creek Picnic Area.

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