Chief Mountain Trail

Arapaho National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,083ft
Trailhead Elevation10,715ft
Elevation Min/Max10715/11703ft
Elevation Start/End10715/10715ft

Chief Mountain Trail

Chief Mountain Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Clear Creek County, Colorado. It is within Arapaho National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 10,715 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,083 feet. The trail ends near Chief Mountain (elevation 11,699 feet).

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"Though this is a short hike up to the rocky summit of Chief Mountain (11,709 feet), the trail gains over 1,100 feet in 1.5 miles. But once on top of Chief Mountain you are rewarded for all that hard work with spectacular views to the north and south, and eastward to the plains." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"This is one of the best panoramic Front Range hikes near Denver. A short climb gets you rather quickly above treeline and onto tundra, where you will enjoy an expansive 360-degree view of Mount Evans, Mount Goliath, Rogers Peak, and Roslin Peak to the west; Griffith, Saxon, and Alps Mountains to the west and north; and the foothills and plains to the east. The elevation makes it a good route for winter sports on calm days." Read more
Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Dave Muller
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"Chief Mountain is a good destination throughout the year. Its proximity to Denver and Evergreen make this trek a delightful half-day outing. Snowshoes are recommended, but an experienced cross-country skier can enjoy this trail as well. The views from the rocky, windblown summit reward your effort. Look north northwest to Longs Peak, east northeast to Squaw Mountain, southeast to Pikes Peak, and southwest to Mount Evans." Read more

Chief Mountain Trail Reviews

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nice short hike! not strenuous at all, a nice gradual climb. easy to miss the trailhead if you don't look closely. nice views of mt. evans and grays and torreys. not too far from denver.

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Trail Information

Arapaho National Forest
Nearby City
Arapaho National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Additional Use
Clear Creek Ranger District, Arapaho National Forest
Local Contacts
Latitude 40° Colorado Front Range Trails
Local Maps