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Hells Hole

Hells Hole

Hells Hole

Page Type: Trailhead

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.67683°N / 105.66097°W

Object Title: Hells Hole

Elevation: 9680 ft / 2950 m


Page By: rpace

Created/Edited: Sep 15, 2007 / Sep 15, 2007

Object ID: 337129

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This trailhead is at 9680 feet, and provides access to Mount Evans, Mount Spalding, and Gray Wolf Mountain via West Chicago Creek.

Getting there

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.)

Latitude: 39.67683 N
Longitude: 105.66097 W


Since West Chicago Creek Campground only a couple hundred feet away, I'm not sure if camping is allowed on the trailhead.

Reservations can be made for the sites available, but there usually some that are first come-first serve. The cost per night for one of the sites is $13.

Checkout is at 2pm, so if you will be hiking far (like Mount Evans), you can pay for an extra day, or pack up before you leave for the day, in which case you can just park your vehicle at the trailhead.

Amenities at the campground include toilets and trash bins.

External sites

West Chicago Creek Campground

USDA Forest Service:
West Chicago Creek Campground


Trailhead: Hells Hole