Chinns Lake

Total Miles


3392.5 ft


1 Hours

Technical Rating



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.


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


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.