Explore the most popular walking trails in Echo Lake Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
21 hours ago

Some people say this hike isn't strenuous. Maybe with just a day pack it's not. If you plan on backpacking in, it's very strenuous. The views from the upper lake are incredible. Apparently, CO has a statewide fire ban. If you plan on staying the night, bring a gas burner (jet boil or similar). There was very little mud along the trail and the temps were 70ish during the day and low 40's over night. The first 1 mile is mostly downhill. The last 4 miles are uphill.

backpacking
1 day ago

Great hike but tricky. Mega incline technical footing. Trail starts at the parking area near the lake. Walk around the lake by the picnic tables and ascend from there. It does not start at the visitors center mentioned below. Start early as it rains in the afternoon

Wildflowers are amazing right now! Great hike in spite of hour or so of rain, sun broke out just in time. At first wasnt sure which path to take to get to upper lake because there are a few forks all at once... go with the "middle-ish" one that passes an abandoned camp stool, easy to follow after that.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice little walk. Pretty lake. I'd go out and back rather than loop and walk down the off-camber side of the road. First trip into that area, was a nice place to start!

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing hike. Ended up being around 11 miles with the climb to the top lake. Beautiful wildflowers all over, not too much elevation gain and it was spread out throughout the whole hike. Definitely recommend if you’re looking to get some miles in.

Fun day and not too difficult. A couple of spots had drop offs, but we just took it slow.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail with some climbing.

Beautiful hike. First mile or two are more decent after you reach little dam it opens up and incline starts.
Started at 6 AM, finished back in the parking lot at 10:30 AM by Echo lake , had a 20-30 min rest at the top. Trail started to get busy after 9 Am. As for parking - it is free but obviously limited.

Beautiful views perfect morning walk

Beautiful views, water spots for the dog, amazing wildflowers. Strenuous hike for me.

Beautiful vistas!!

The hike is absolutely stunning. You get to see Echo Lake, a reservoir, a waterfall and the two Chicago lakes.

It is a difficult hike especially as you reach the lakes. But, it’s well worth it!

My pedometer marked 12 miles because we walked to the waterfall as well.

Gorgeous this time of year! Wild flowers everywhere. A little busy on the weekends but thins out after you hike past the road. Take a sweatshirt or jacket if you plan to go to the second lake. It’s still quite chilly up there.

This was a nice enough hike (especially the cliffside bits of the first mile), but I suspect that the really beautiful stretches of the Chicago Lakes trail lie along the higher stretches past the reservoir. Half of this short trail is a wide dirt road, which can't help but to detract a little from the trail magic. We did find the trail looping around the reservoir, starting from the dam side, but it frequently petered out into thick undergrowth or boulder fields, so bushwhacking is definitely required.
Surprisingly, the trail wasn't particularly busy on a beautiful summer Saturday morning when we arrived just after 8:30 - maybe the expectation of afternoon storms was enough to turn away the masses?

hiking
15 days ago

We hiked today 6/30/2018 Only expected to walk a mile in and a mile out but so beautiful we did 2 miles each way. Will def go back with more time and planning to go to upper lakes

Beautiful ! Busy trail but gorgeous views.

I believe this trail is difficult because the way back is just as hard- or harder- than the way in. Total time: 3 hours in, 3 hours out! But it was great. Shade, changes in scenery, lakes, and beautiful flowers. When you get to the first lake, there are different trails so be careful- we got lost in a super muddy area that probably added 20 mins. Very very busy, the earlier you can get there the better! Completed on 6/23- perfect weather, muddy close to lake

Beautiful views and lots of shady spots. Kinda crowded, but you could find a parking spot still.

hiking
23 days ago

We hiked today (Friday, 6/22), and it was really wonderful! The trail actually begins not at the campground, but next to the Echo Lake Lodge. The hike is varied terrain and amazing views, especially near end of official Chicago Lakes Trail. We continued on to see the Upper Chicago Lake and it was so worth it! The "hard" rating is accurate! The elevation gain as you head back to car is a little bit nuts. Would have liked better markings on trails, especially between the lakes. We also had quite a variety of weather today. We had rain 8:45-10:15 or so, sometimes quite windy and cold. We had sunshine and blue skies, then more sprinkles. The trails did have a few muddy spots and wet/slick spots due to weather. We saw a deer, no other large animals. The wildflowers are GORGEOUS right now! We hiked about 6 hours (not in a hurry) and hiked nearly 11 miles and equivalent of 170 flights of stairs.

Great trail. Amazing scenery. Too many people especially for a Thursday morning-hence the 4 stars.

Walked here with my girlfriend the day before New Years. Was snowy peaked, and beautiful. A good quick trip for those who live in the front range!

The trail from Echo Lake to Idaho Springs reservoir is pretty rough and honestly uneventful, work like hiking. Once you get up to that lake, it’s more open hiking in the Chicago lakes vale.
The camping at Echo Lake is cool. I really enjoyed having a burger and beer at the lodge when I got back.

Super easy hike, decent workout. Good views, a lot of water! If you're looking for something that will last more than 2-3 hours, pack a lunch and head up to Chicago Lakes.

hiking
29 days ago

Loved it! Was not able to figure out how to get up to last lake, but well worth the trek. Will go again and find it, and summit Mt. Evans.

Stunning hike. Took us 5 hours roundtrip to Upper Chicago Lake and back to the car. About 45 minutes was spent bushwhacking through willows to get to the lower lake. There are easier routes supposedly if you continue to the end of the lake before the trail heads to Upper Chicago Lake. It is a steep, short hike to Upper Chicago Lake but well worth it. We didn’t have time to continue to Mt. Evans due to a late start unfortunately so I’ll be back.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this morning. More like 10 miles than 8. It’s tough. Lots of rocks and incline but great views. Made it to the end but lost the trail and couldn’t figure out how to get up to the final lake. Super marshy and muddy near waters edge. No matter. Still spectacular. Took me little over 4 hours with a 20 minute break. Started at 9am. Dark clouds rolled in at 11 when I got to the lake so be aware of the weather. I didn’t linger.

Clean and dry! Awesome week day hike and plenty of places to stop and fish along the way!

Glad I did this hike. However it's a one time hike. Much prefer Chicago lake if I drive up to this area . Took about 4 hours round trip to get to Lincoln Lake.

Did this trail 6.10.18.
Was a stunning day. Gorgeous hike, strenuous as you hike up to upper lake.
Will kick your butt right at the end as you have to go back uphill the echo lake.

Amazing hike with one of the best views overlooking a canyon in the Rocky Mountains! Definitely a hike that will take you quite a bit of time so be prepared with enough water and food! The hardest part of the hike is definitely the mile incline back to echo lake.

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