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








10 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!

14 days ago

Beautiful views perfect morning walk

1 month 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!

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

2 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.

7 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 .

7 months ago

Beautiful frozen lake. Breath taking sunset.

10 months ago

Easy .... beautiful !

11 months ago

Easy and flat.

11 months ago

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!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Beautiful area!

Monday, June 20, 2016

was a beautiful hike

Saturday, January 16, 2016

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

Saturday, September 05, 2015

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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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!

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