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South Chicago Creek
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South Chicago Creek

 

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Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.61700°N / 105.66°W

Object Title: South Chicago Creek

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Walk-up

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Page By: Steven Cross

Created/Edited: Aug 7, 2005 / Aug 7, 2005

Object ID: 166142

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Approach


From Denver take I-70 to Idaho Springs. Take the Mount Evens Exit and follow this road till you get to South Chigago Creek. There is a sign that reads "Dead End". Follow this road back for about 1.5 miles till it ends. Here you will reach the South Chicago Creek Trailhead.

Route Description


Rount Trip: about 10 Miles.
Elevation Gain: 3,600 Feet.
Take the South Chicago Creek trail back for about 1.5 miles. You will reach an old settlement. From here the trail keeps heading up for a short distance then comes to an end. From here keep heading further back into the valley. There are faint trails that head to treeline. About at 11,600 feet you will finally reach timberline.
After looking at the topomaps the most logical routes looks like it would head right up the center ridgeline, but this is not so. The whole center of this wide valley is covered in thick brush. Stay to the left of it and skirt arount it. You will want to head to the let ridge and end up conecting in with the same route you would take if you started up Echo Lake. From here the route is quite obviouse as you stay on the ridge all the way up to the top of Grey Wolf.

Essential Gear


If you have a GPS it makes it easier to get back to where the trail ends in the forest. Not required, but deffinatly a plus.

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