Echo Lake Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado 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.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 68 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

NOTE: This park is closed after sunset.

walking
2 days ago

Beautiful place to take a quick stroll while driving on the scenic byway. Surprisingly low foot traffic on the trail!

9 days ago

Beautiful lake, located just by the road. Can be accessed year round. But absolutely gorgeous views can be captured further, when taking the trail towards Chicago lakes. Love it! However, best time for it is summer. Otherwise, you'll find it icy and slippery.

hiking
muddy
16 days ago

I was excited for this kid-friendly hike but the trail around the lake wasn't clear, there was snow, mud and there was no clear path. We decided to walk towards Chicago lake but it became narrow with steep drop offs that would be ok with my spouse and I but not three children under the age of nine. We returned to the lake and enjoyed lunch on one of the picnic tables. The lake is gorgeous and there is clean amenities.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Enjoyable hike around the lake. Was able to make it without snowshoes, though most others had them.

recorded Echo Lake Trail

snowshoeing
icy
snow
3 months ago

Great trail for first time snowshoeing. Not to many people. It was very easy but a beautiful little trail through the woods.

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

Good little loop to hangout and get used to your snow shoes or take the pups out for a little walk around a frozen lake

hiking
4 months ago

Couldn’t find part of the trail but still had fun by the frozen lake. Snow is packed. Microspikes not needed

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy walk. We simply went to look at Mount Evans and ended up stopping at Echo Lake. Lots of folks using snow shoes, but I had on tactical dress shoes. We made it about half way around the lake before turning around to meet up with the rest of our group. Nice area.

snowshoeing
snow
5 months ago

This is a beautiful hike along the lake and through the forest. We went snowshoeing for the first time today, so it's a great trail for beginners, especially with kids. The last half mile or so is along the road, so we took off the snowshoes for that part. The lake is frozen & the trail is in good condition.

hiking
8 months ago

Great easy and pretty loop. A portion of it is on the road though, so not ideal. Great for kids. We took our time and explored around the water and it still took only 40 minutes.

hiking
bugs
closed
private property
9 months ago

Closed after sunset and there is “security” watching. Major bummer drove over an hour to see the stars and lake for 5 seconds

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Very pretty hike along the lake. Flat but at a bit higher elevation so nice hike to see how you feel above 10,000 feet. If you’re feeling like you want a little more challenge that offers great views you only need to hike about 10 minutes on the Chicago trail. Nice hike if you have small children as well.

hiking
10 months ago

A beautiful, short walk in the woods to the lodge. Views at first when at Echo Lake (much smaller than I thought it would be), but no views on the walk, since you're among the trees. I wouldn't make this the destination hike if you're driving far to get here, perhaps a warm up or something to stretch the legs as you head further on your journey.

hiking
10 months ago

Georgetown has a ton of amazing little hikes and is a walkable town. We did the echo lakes trail, but went off the path to the elevation hikes that aren’t listed on this site. I don’t remember what they are called, but they are on the signs at the trail head. You can also get up to the Chicago lakes trail. I think we were on it for about a mile. Gorgeous area, no matter what you choose you can’t go wrong.

hiking
10 months ago

My children (4yo twins and 22m old) enjoyed this “walkabout” - lots of nice picnics table areas, heavier trafficked area.

hiking
10 months ago

Quick easy hike to warm up or stretch the legs before heading to Evans!

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

More of a walk than a hike, and not "really" a loop, since the western side is along the road. But a beautiful, nice walk. Great views of Mt Evans from the southern side. Strollers could do this trail, it is flat. Trail is free from snow.

hiking
11 months ago

I wouldn’t consider this a loop trail. Half of it is walking along a main road.

hiking
11 months ago

I wouldn’t consider this a loop trail. Half of it is walking along a main road.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful and easy loop! A little chilly - bring layers. There's a nice picnic area at the beginning of the lake and a restaurant down the road on the right. This trail was cleared of snow when we were there. We went on a Monday - very peaceful and quiet!

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty but short. Lots of snow still on trail but fairly easy to follow because it runs along a fence line. Temperature dropped 20 degrees when a storm blew through. Bring layers! There is a restaurant at the end of the trail.

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

Very easy trail! Just a path around the lake. Pretty highly trafficked, but great views!

snowshoeing
blowdown
snow
Mon Feb 18 2019

Little hard in the snow to find the main trail but definitely glad we brought snowshoes and spikes. It’s pretty but was somewhat full of people when we went on a Sunday. Possibly because of an REI van expedition that was there at the same time.

Fri Feb 01 2019

Hiked Sunday 1/27. Very enjoyable hike. The lake was frozen and covered with snow, so I missed out on some views, but it was still very pretty. I liked the aesthetic of walking through the trees.

Wed Dec 12 2018

Super easy and beautiful!

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