Sunday, April 29, 2012
South Chicago Creek Trail, Mt. Evans Wilderness
South Chicago Creek Trail
Mount Evans Wilderness, Arapaho National Forest
Date Hiked: April 29, 2012
Distance: 4.8 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 1,800ft
Elevation Min/Max: 9,906 to 11,734ft
Trailhead Lat/Long: 39.665430 N; 105.631540 W
Managing Agency" U.S. Forest Service
S. Chicago Creek Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: From Idaho Springs, take Chicago Creek Road south towards Mt. Evans. Make a right (west) onto Hefferman Gulch Rd, a good dirt road. Take this road to the end and you'll find the trailhead.
The South Chicago Creek trail provides for a pleasant escape into the Mount Evans Wilderness. There really is no destination for this hike, about 2.5 miles in the trail disperses and you must choose your own adventure. Some people use this trail to access Grey Wolf Mountain as the trail basically leads to the base of Grey Wolf. I took it until the trail ended and turned around. If I had more time, I would have pushed on for another mile to reach a ridge that, I assume, looks down onto the Chicago Lakes. Whatever your destination, this hike is all about a pleasant walk in the woods,
with barely any people. For this hike, it's the journey not the destination that makes it worthwhile.