Hell’s Hole


Trail Stats & Info

RT length 8.5-9 miles
Elevation gain 1,510 feet
Difficulty moderate-strenuous
(because of length)
Lowest elevation 9,661 feet
Highest elevation 11,599 feet
Trail type out & back
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 104
Restrooms @ TH? yes


From I-70, exit 240 headng south on Hwy. 103 towards Mt. Evans. Follow Hwy. 103 for 6.5 miles. Turn right at the Chicago Lakes Campground sign onto West Chicago Creek Rd. Follow this dirt road all the way to the end, passing Chicago Lakes Campground. Dirt road ends at a parking lot. Trailhead is just left of the restrooms at the Hell’s Hole Mt. Evans Wilderness sign.



This is a nice long hike that is not too far from Denver with a variety of scenery. The dirt road getting to the trailhead is a bit bumpy, so make sure you take a car with some clearance. There is a good size parking lot at the trailhead and a few picnic areas. If you’re in the mood for some camping, there is Chicago Lakes Campground right next to the trailhead, but I can’t say they are the nicest, as the sites are pretty open and you can totally see your neighbor. Not much privacy or “secluded”-ness here. The hike starts out with a gradual climb into the Mt. Evans Wilderness, but it immediately gets steeper as you get into a dense forest of Aspens. In the Fall, the Aspens here are absolutely beautiful. The trail continues for awhile in and out of forests. As you approach the end, the view opens up and you can see Gray Wolf Mtn. and patches of Bristlecone pine trees. There is a grove of Bristlecone pines that look as if they were petrified to the right. Great photo op. I’m not sure where the trail ends, but I stopped at the open meadow where a few large Bristlecone pines grow. The view is awesome here as you sit under a Bristlecone and enjoy your well-deserved snack.

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About Mar

My name is Mar (short for Maria), and I'm an avid hiker, backpacker, snowshoer, and snowboarder. There's no place I'd rather be than on a mountain! Originally from San Diego, I packed up my few belongings, and moved out to colorful Colorado so I could be immersed in the awesome Rocky Mountains! And I haven't looked back since! Any free time I have, you can find me hiking up a 14er or snowboarding in fresh powder.