Cascade Creek

Idaho Springs, Colorado (ClearCreek County)

Last Updated: 01/03/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 24 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.83 miles
Highest Elevation: 10987 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Idaho Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Idaho Springs
Official Road Name: 710.1
Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Clear Creek Ranger District


Highlight: Cascade Creek
Just outside of Idaho Springs the Cascade Creek off-road trail is one of the many trails that are close to Denver, Colorado. This rocky road travels under the cover of the pine and aspen trees in the Arapaho National Forest and can be used as a 4WD route between Idaho Springs and Georgetown when combined with Saxon Mountain. It is part of a network of several other trails that can provide a full day of wheeling that is close to home.


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1. Trailhead From Highway 103 (0 mi)
Turn onto the dirt road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Idaho Springs, Colorado

Drive south on Colorado Highway 103 about 5.3 miles to Cascade Creek Road which is on the right-hand side.



Trail Reviews (35)

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Is there a good area at the trail head to unload for those of us with trailers? Thanks
–Doug (08/20/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (08/21/2020)
Q: Any news on the trail?
–Adam (06/11/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (06/11/2020)
Q: Anyone ever run cascade creek and have the old man in the beat up house and 15 junker cars (about 1/2 mile in) every where run after you with a shotgun and say you're on private property?? When it's a public road. He literally thinks no one can pass and said he's even "shot the the forest service guys". I tried explaining to him that he doesn't own the road but he didn't get it. Beware!
–Adam Meyers (07/21/2019)
–Todd (07/21/2019)
Q: Traditionally, I've taken a right at the first "intersection" and proceeded up the hill. There is very challenging rock sections through here and ultimately you connect with Ute Creek. Is this not considered part of Cascade Creek?
–Andrew Dixon (10/05/2017)
–Todd (10/05/2017)

Writer Information

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.
For individual use only, not to be shared.