This trail begins south of Idaho Springs along Highway 103 and leads up South Chicago Creek. It is a good trail for beginner and intermediate skiers. The trail is gradual and wide, and ends up in a small clearing high on a fork of the South Chicago Creek.
The trail leads up a very gentle hill, past some summer cabins in the first mile and a half. The trail crosses the creek at mile 0.75 and at mile 1.5 forks to the right. A "South Chicago Creek Trail" sign points to the left, indicating a trail which is skiable but very steep and narrow, ending at 11,000 feet. Be cautious of downhill skiers when climbing. The trail continues on to the right and passes through an aspen stand along a pretty section of the creek. Finally, a few hundred yards from the end of the trail, it winds up through pines to a small clearing which makes a pleasant lunch stop and destination.
The fork at 1.5 miles encounters many small beaver ponds. A steep, narrow trail follows the South Chicago Creek as it forks to the south and offers a challenge to any wishing to brave it.
Directions from Idaho Springs: From the I-70 exit #240, travel south on Highway 103. The trailhead is located about 9 miles from Idaho Springs, on the right-hand side of the road.
Normal Winter Season:
Winter through Early Spring
(NOTE: Seasons vary depending on snow depth and weather.)