Echo Lake Trail

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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.

1.3 miles
68 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing








5 days ago

Great views for out of town guests who don’t have the time or desire to go for a hike.

8 days ago

The lake is set in an absolutely gorgeous area of the mountains. The walk through the forest is great with lots of small wildlife everywhere. The only disappointing part of the hike was the latter half walking along the scenic byway. Views were great but who wants their kids on the street...

19 days ago

Not a true loop and very flat. I lost interest.

1 month ago

Short trail. Kinda packed with visitors. Pretty views.

1 month ago

Nice, somewhat crowded, trail that goes all the way around the lake. Kids really enjoyed it. Bathrooms are available at different points around the lake, making it user friendly for little ones, and big ones - ha,ha!

2 months 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!

2 months ago

Beautiful views perfect morning walk

3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

Perfect trail for anyone. Great views and overall stroller friendly (minus a couple trees that had fallen on the trailhead)

3 months ago

Quiet walk through the woods. Just arrived in the state that day, so the 10,600 ft altitude slowed us down a bit!

The trail circles the lake but traverses woods part of the way. The trail is flat, sandy, and well maintained. We saw a few friendly people.

My only complaint would be that the trail ends at the restaurant, then you have to return to your car by walking along the road shoulder.

4 months ago

Very easy for a family with small children. Not rigorous or challenging at all; good when you have a 2 year old who wants to walk.

9 months ago

Lovely little trail , very easy and flat . Too quick , it's one that you would like to walk for miles on . Through the forest and then unfortunately on the road for the last bit but again , it's quiet and the mountains in front of you the whole way down to the car park are awesome . Worth it even for the drive up there . Great trail for a quick dog walk .

9 months ago

Beautiful frozen lake. Breath taking sunset.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Easy .... beautiful !

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Easy and flat.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Was a good trail for my little 3 year old. Highly recommend.

Friday, June 30, 2017

This is a great trail however very easy. Views are beautiful and if you hope to take some good pictures of the lake, you have to be there in the morning. Place is pretty busy during the weekend. I can't say I really hiked because the trail is pretty flat - almost wooded city park feel

Monday, June 19, 2017

City park feel. Easy hiking, families BBQing, lots of dogs, busy

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Great easy trial. Wonderful view of Echo Lake.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beautiful views all around the lake. Great scenery. Looks absolutely amazing regardless of the season.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trail was busier for Easter Sunday! And pretty snowy! Very pretty views and quite easy to locate!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Good walk to take the kids on. Very pretty!

Friday, October 28, 2016

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

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

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Good walk with small children. Pretty drive and scenery.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nice stop before Evans

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

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