Echo Lake Trail

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Echo Lake Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, CO that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles 76 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

13 days ago

Good walk to take the kids on. Very pretty!

1 month ago

Loved it! A little scary at times but great! Pretty! And not crowded once you get on the right trail

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I took my family on this. 4 little kids (age range 2-6) and a husband. We really had the best time just poking around and meandering through the trees. It was a simple, easy walk. We didn't do the whole thing because it got chilly and we were underdressed.

2 months ago

2 months ago

We enjoyed it a lot, some parts where tricky with the wheelchair. but we enjoyed the drive up and the walk around the lake.

walking
3 months ago

Good walk with small children. Pretty drive and scenery.

3 months ago

Nice stop before Evans

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Pretty, but really a walk, not a hike. Nice for photos opps!
Chicago
lake trail right there and a good hike!

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Busy, paved hike around a beautiful mountain like - just too many people. Starting point for the Chicago Lakes trail, which looks awesome!

5 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful area!

hiking
5 months ago

was a beautiful hike

10 months ago

Gorgeous! Short but stunning. Combine with a longer trek and you have a great day outside. Has both vistas and Narnia to see.

hiking
1 year ago

Echo Lake Trail is a short out and back trail from the shelter at Echo Lake Park to the Echo Lake Lodge and Restaurant. This easy trail begins close to the western shore of the lake and then stretches through pine and fir forest all the way to the lodge. A couple of paths lead from the trail down to the water’s edge, but there is no trail right along the water. Just after the trail enters the forest is the trail Marker for the Chicago Lakes Trail, which heads out southwest and eventually reaches Summit Lake near the summit of Mount Evans. We chose to walk back along the same path instead of circumnavigating the lake. To do so would have meant walking along the side of Squaw Pass Road along the north side of the lake, which doesn’t really count as a trail for me, at least not here.

While picnicking after our walk, we were entertained (or assaulted, depending on your point of view) by gray jays and saw Steller’s jays too, who kept their distance. A first for us, though, was the red-naped sapsucker who visited the various pines around our picnic table.

The Lodge has gifts and an extensive menu, including house-made pies that looked good. We especially enjoyed watching the hummingbirds visit the three feeders hanging near the restaurant’s windows.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Still really icy in the area all around the lake. Lake is about 80% frozen and the road to mt Evans peak is closed from Echo Lake onward. However, the birds and ducks were out which was nice to see!