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.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
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.
We enjoyed it a lot, some parts where tricky with the wheelchair. but we enjoyed the drive up and the walk around the lake.
Good walk with small children. Pretty drive and scenery.
Nice stop before Evans
Pretty, but really a walk, not a hike. Nice for photos opps!
lake trail right there and a good hike!
Busy, paved hike around a beautiful mountain like - just too many people. Starting point for the Chicago Lakes trail, which looks awesome!
was a beautiful hike
Gorgeous! Short but stunning. Combine with a longer trek and you have a great day outside. Has both vistas and Narnia to see.
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.
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!
I wasn't too impressed with the trail we went on. The surrounding area was absolutely gorgeous, though. It was also a little busy, but we also went over the weekend so it's to be expected with most places. I may go again and explore a little more when I have time.