Mount Spaulding

Quick Info

Distance:
2.3 Miles
Route Type:
Out & Back
Nearest Town:
Idaho Springs, CO
Elevation Climb:
1,003 ft. Elevation Gain
Difficulty Rating:
Difficult
View Rating:
5
Distance:
2.3 Miles
Route Type:
Out & Back
Nearest Town:
Idaho Springs, CO
Elevation Climb:
1,003 ft. Elevation Gain
Difficulty Rating
Difficult
View Rating:
5

This hike is an absolute stunner! I certainly wouldn’t call it easy, I was breathing hard the whole way up and took plenty of breaks, but it’s well worth it. From the nearby 14ers Mt. Evans and Bierstadt to Chicago Lakes on the other side of the ridge, every single way you turned had a million-dollar view.

One thing I loved about this trail is that you see exactly where you’re going when you’re at the trailhead. You can see what you’re in for so there aren’t any real surprises. Starting at Summit Lake the first part of the trail is the steepest and involves a little scrambling. The first few hundred feet come quickly and then it doesn’t necessarily level out, but it gets less steep.

The views of Chicago Lakes the whole way were my absolute favorite!

The trail is pretty easy to follow  until you get to the rocky scrambles, then just follow the cairnes and you should be good to go. Speaking of, this trail is very rocky so make sure you’ve got good shoes/hiking boots before hitting the trail. Once you’ve made it up the scrambles the last part of the trail to the summit is actually pretty level and the easiest part of the whole trail.

At the summit you get incredible 360 degree views! Mt. Evans is the closest 14er and then Bierstadt isn’t far off.

A couple quick notes: You do need a permit for the Mt. Evans area then you park at Summit Lake. Dogs are allowed on leash just keep an eye out for wildlife – we saw Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goats, plenty of marmots & pika! 

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

More From Kylie

2022 Moab Road Trip

2022 Moab Road Trip

Moab is one of my favorite road trips from Denver - the drive is only 5 hours and the hiking, biking & off-roading trails are seemingly endless. This was my fifth trip to Moab and I was still amazed at the beauty and found new trails to explore. I knew it would...

Visiting Denver on a Budget

Visiting Denver on a Budget

Denver can be an expensive city to live in and visit, but there are also a ton of ways to enjoy the Mile High City and the mountains on a budget. It can take a little creativity and lots of time outside, but here are my favorite ways to save money & still enjoy...

Discussion Combustion Podcast

Discussion Combustion Podcast

I am so incredibly honored that the lovely men behind Denver's Discussion Combustion Podcast invited me to come and chat! After interviewing people on the news for a decade now, it's always funny to be in the other seat and honestly I was a little nervous about...

Mental Health Check In

Mental Health Check In

I haven’t talked about mental health publicly in a while and it’s for a couple of reasons. The first is actually pretty wonderful: this is the best I’ve felt mentally in years. I feel like after years of turbulence my life feels settled, stable and full of purpose....

Hike For A Cause

Hike For A Cause

What an amazing weekend! There's nothing better then spending time outside with wonderful people who genuinely care about making an impact in our community. When the team behind HalfDays first approached me about teaming up to do a fundraiser, I was immediately on...

Best Road Trips from Denver

Best Road Trips from Denver

1. Southwestern ColoradoFrom Crested Butte to the Black Canyon then rounding off the trip with a stay in Ouray and Telluride, southwestern Colorado is an absolute must visit! Must hike: Black Canyon of GunnisonOuray Perimeter Trail We did a mix of camping and Air...

AO’s First Fundraiser

AO’s First Fundraiser

It's been almost a year since Approachable Outdoors launched last summer as a fun side project during the Pandemic and I'm still blown away every day at what it's grown into. In the very early days I would dream about using this site as a source of good, to make an...

Weekend Getaway: Estes Park

Weekend Getaway: Estes Park

Estes Park is one of my favorite places in Colorado! It's only an hour and a half from Denver (which is a gorgeous drive) and it has so many options for a weekend away. Obviously the big focus of our trip was hiking: Hikes: Mill's Lake (4.9 Miles/886 ft. Elevation...

My First Guided Hike

My First Guided Hike

I usually find my hikes on AllTrails or through recomendations from friends and had never been on a guided hike before but the  YMCA of the Rockies offers a guided hike for free when you're staying there. One of the best parts was that I didn't have to worry about...

Road Trip To Moab

Road Trip To Moab

Moab is just over five hours from Denver so it’s perfect for a weekend adventure to another world. The gorgeous red rocks of Moab, Arches National Park and the Canyonlands are a must-see and it’s also a trip you can do over and over again and see something new...

Trunk Picnic

Trunk Picnic

Whether it’s a road trip or I’m feeling antsy in my little city apartment, trunk picnics are some of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon. (Also, take note – killer date idea!) On road trips, especially through National Parks I’ll make sure I pack most of my gear...