Chinns Lake

Total Miles
3.7

Elevation

3,392.50 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Chinns Lake is located in a beautiful narrow valley. Unlicensed vehicles are permitted, but there isn't a staging area. Trail will start out broad, passing through a residential area, but quickly narrows to become a thin, rugged mountain road. There are a few obstacles that are optional, and the lake is great fun. This is a nice weekend destination.

Photos of Chinns Lake

Chinns Lake
Chinns Lake
Chinns Lake

Difficulty

Moderate. The road to Fall River Reservoir is easier with some rougher spots. After the fork, the road to Chinns Lake climbs up the side of the valley and gets progressively steeper and rougher. High-clearance, 4-wheeldrive SUVs can make it with careful tire placement. Oversize vehicles may struggle near the top. Vehicles must have 4-wheel drive to reach the lakes.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Kevin Frier
Feb 24, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Deep Snow
most of the area is plowed for residents. after the houses, it's 100% impassable by vehicle. it's good for snow mobile. 2-3 feet of snow. if you want to test it, go ahead but you'll be stuck and camping alone! this area is good around mid June or later! you'll need a winch and tow straps but even with that you're going no where!
Samuel Rummel
Jan 23, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Deep Snow
3ft of snow impassable
Andrew Gilbert
Dec 09, 2023
2011 Toyota 4Runner
Open
Snow/Ice
Rough/Deteriorated
Jack Hovart
Nov 16, 2023
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
Rough/Deteriorated

Access Description

Take I-70 west from Denver to Fall River Road, Exit 238. Drive north about 6.6 miles to unmarked road on the left just before gated residence. This turn is at the bottom of a tight switchback that breaks hard right uphill.

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