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The Best Backpacking in Idaho Springs

Looking for the best backpacking in Idaho Springs? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Idaho Springs. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Idaho Springs

  • Clear Creek County, Colorado

    Turkey Gulch to Cascade Creek

    14.18 mi / 3563 ft gain
    Turkey Gulch to Cascade Creek is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Evergreen, Colorado

    Hike the Resthouse/Lincoln Lake Trail

    4.5
    While the Mt. Evans Wilderness never has a shortage of visitors, thanks to its proximity to Denver, it is possible to find a more private hike if you know where to look. Lincoln Lake Trail, accessible from Echo Lake year-round, is not as glamorous as its sister trail, Chicago Lakes, but is a wond...
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Mount Evans West Ridge via Chicago Creek

    15.87 mi / 4859 ft gain
    Mount Evans West Ridge via Chicago Creek is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Echo Lake to Summit Lake

    11.1 mi / 3419 ft gain
    Echo Lake to Summit Lake is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Georgetown, Colorado.
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Lower and Upper Chicago Lake

    4.5
    9.22 mi / 2270 ft gain
    From the parking lot, stay to the right of Echo Lake and you will run into the Chicago Lakes Trailhead. Follow the switchbacks down and across Chicago Creek. After crossing the creek, follow the sign indicating that the trail follows the dirt road and hang a left; from here, you'll reach the Idah...
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  • Evergreen, Colorado

    Beaver Meadows Trail

    10.99 mi / 2635 ft gain
    Beaver Meadows Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Evergreen, Colorado

    Beartracks Lake Trail

    11.66 mi / 2349 ft gain
    Beartracks Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Idaho Springs, Colorado.
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Explore 'The Hidden Gems' of Loch Lomond

    4.6 mi / 950 ft gain
    Getting There From Denver, go W on I-70 and take exit 238 for Fall River Rd. Continue on this road before taking a left on Alice Rd. Continue on Alice Rd. until you see the right hand turn for Steuart Rd. This is where you park. Do not attempt this road in a AWD or 2WD you definitely need a good ...
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Hiking James Peak (13,294')

    8.3 mi / 3000 ft gain
    James Peak is one of 76 13,000'+ peaks in Colorado's front range. On your way up to the peak you will pass St. Mary's Glacier. It is not an actual glacier yet a permeant snow field that is popular among skiers and snowboarders year round. St. Mary's Glaicer is a very popular destination (though m...
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    Camp and Fish at Loch Lomond

    5.0
    The trail to Loch Lomond is very rocky. I suggest a high clearance 4x4 vehicle (I did see a small SUV and a Subaru..Not sure how they did it!!!). There are a few campsites at the lake and several along the way. I set up camp by the lake but had to move because the wind was so intense. I recommend...
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  • Idaho Springs, Colorado

    ATV Leavenworth Creek Road (Guanella Pass)

    16.6 mi / 3655 ft gain
    September is famous in Colorado for clear, deep blue skies,sublimely perfect temperatures, and gold-digging – of the leaf variety, thatis. On September 9, wildflower season was recently past and the best of theleaves were yet to come, but it was the perfect, clear and sunny day to checkout the hi...
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  • Golden, Colorado

    Mountain Lion Trail

    6.74 mi / 1506 ft gain
    Mountain Lion Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Pinecliffe, Colorado.
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  • Nederland, Colorado

    Upper Forest Lakes Trail

    7.86 mi / 1778 ft gain
    Upper Forest Lakes Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Rollinsville, Colorado.
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  • Nederland, Colorado

    3 Crater Lakes via South Boulder Creek

    5.0
    6.92 mi / 1804 ft gain
    After turning on to Co. 16 (Tolland Rd.) from 119 at Rollinsville, drive about 8 miles down the dirt road along South Boulder Creek. The road will dead end at Moffat Tunnel where you'll find ample parking in a gravel lot with restrooms. You'll begin your hike along sweeping meadows until you ent...
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  • Nederland, Colorado

    Clayton Lake and Rogers Pass Trail

    5.59 mi / 1739 ft gain
    Clayton Lake and Rogers Pass Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Winter Park, Colorado.
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  • Nederland, Colorado

    Heart and Rogers Peak Lakes

    4.8
    8.62 mi / 2113 ft gain
    The hike begins at the East Portal Trailhead outside Rollinsville. Start hiking along the South Boulder trail to the right (north) of the very obvious Moffat Rail tunnel. The trail begins with moderate grades past the Forest Lakes cutoff just 1.25 miles from the trailhead. Continue hiking straigh...
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