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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Clear Creek Ranger District

Quick Facts

Chinns Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 300 Feet (93.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,100 Feet (3460.1 Meters) at Sherwin Lake
Length: 1 Mile (1.67 Kilometers)
USGS Maps: Empire

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General Description

This trail takes off from the Fall River Reservoir Road and goes up through a wooded area to the lakes. It is a short, easy hike to Chinns Lake. There are potential campsites along the trail. The trail continues around Chinns Lake to Sherwin Lake and can be followed on to Slater Lake. All the lakes offer fair fishing. This short but steep hike is available to almost everyone.

Directions from Idaho Springs: Take I-70 west to exit 238. Take Fall River Road to the Fall River Reservoir Road, 6.5 miles from I-70. Go 2.5 more miles on this road to Chinns Lake turnoff. The trail begins here.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing The lakes offer fair fishing.
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Mountain Biking

More Information

Visitor Information:

Clear Creek Ranger District, 101 Chicago Creek Rd, P.O. Box 3307 , Idaho Springs, CO, 80452, Phone: 303-567-2901, Fax: 303-567-3021

Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Information Center, P.O. Box 3307 , Idaho Springs, CO, 80452, Phone: 303-567-2901, TTY: 303-567-3009


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