The Chutes

Empire, Colorado (ClearCreek County)

Last Updated: 12/15/2020
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.18 miles
Highest Elevation: 10088 feet
Duration: About 10 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Empire
Nearest Town w/ Services: Idaho Springs
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Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Clear Creek Ranger District


Highlight: The Chutes
About 1 hour from Denver, Colorado and situated within the Arapahoe National Forest the Bill Moore Lake 4X4 Road is one of the trails in the Empire Loop, a network of trails just above Empire, Colorado. This short connector trail offers a short cut and a fun, mildly challenging rocky hill climb.


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1. Lower Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn left/north uphill. There are shifting boulders along the way, and it is very steep and narrow with no passing.

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Starting Point: Empire, Colorado


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Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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