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).
Chief Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This close-to-Denver hike is a good choice as an introduction to Colorado’s alpine. Trail: All the way."
--Dave Muller, Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"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."
--Bob D Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Dave Muller, Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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