Hell’s Hole Trail (trail #53) is a hiking trail that begins at the Chicago Creek picnic ground (west of Idaho Springs). The trail is a 4 1/2 mile hike to the base of Gray Wolf Mountain – a place called Hell’s Hole. The trail ends at the base of the mountain in an open meadow. The area is gorgeous! With an open alpine meadow and small creek surrounded by high peaks, this place is worth the long hike!
The trail is well maintained by the U.S. Forest Service and is moderately traveled. The trailhead begins in the Chicago Creek picnic area then passes through tall aspen stands, steep slopes, and pine forest. It is mostly an uphill climb and will take you a better part of the day to hike in and back out again. We had a picnic at the end of the trail (in Hell’s Hole) and just spent time taking in the beauty. A fantastic hike with great views!
Restrooms Available at trailhead.