James Peak North East Ridge via Little Echo Lake

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James Peak North East Ridge via Little Echo Lake is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near St. Mary's, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2447 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cross country skiing

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

off trail

no shade

18 days ago

We hiked this two summers ago. Overall it’s a beautiful and difficult hike but takes some bushwhacking to find the trail. Hiked up St Mary’s glacier (microspikes might have been helpful but we didn’t have any), the trail continues for a bit and then abruptly stops at which point you have to bushwhack/trailblaze a little to get to the “next” trail that takes you up to the peak. I’d HIGHLY recommend marking a GPS coordinate at this point, or leaving a piece of fabric you can pick up on your way down. We failed to do this and hiked past the point we originally bushwhacked through and ended up a fair bit off trail. The majority of the trail is also above tree line so be sure to hike early.

hiking
2 months ago