Mount Evans Resthouse Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Mount Evans Resthouse Trail is a 11.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2506 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Idaho Springs: Travel 14 miles south on highway 103 to Echo Lake Campground. The trail begins at the campground (look for the sign that says trail, this takes you past restrooms and camp sites).

hiking
1 month ago

Light foot traffic during the time I went. But awesome trail. I will be back soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a lovely hike and picnic on this trail. Only saw two other hikers on the way. Great day!

1 month ago

Had a lovely hike and picnic on this trail. Only saw two other hikers on the way. Great day!

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Packed snow on the trail up to the high point with a view of Mt Evans. We used snowshoes but would also be navigable with boot tracks. Very windy but protected in the trees.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

snowshoeing
7 months ago

did most of this trail last weekend. pretty crunchy until 3 miles in, then it became obvious there hadn't been anyone on the trail in a few weeks. about 4 miles in, started seeing really big mountain lion tracks. being alone, and not having seen another person since the first 1/2 mile, i decided to turn around. anxious to get back out and give it another go. highly recommend.

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

You want to dress in layers. The temperature can change by 20 degrees depending on altitude and time of day.

backpacking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Beautiful trail! we got about 2 miles in and the weather started looking ify so we turned around, but never a day wasted

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

A beautiful hike although not as exactly as described - much more than 200 feet in elevation gain. This is the 2nd time I have done this hike and unfortunately have never been able to do all of it. You will want to get to the trailhead early as parking is tight. You do NOT need to pay any fees, fees are for camping. While the trail description on this website shows heavy traffic, we started Saturday around 9:45 am and only saw a handful of people on the trail. When I think of heavy traffic I think of the Matthews Winters trail where you are overcome with bikers and hikers on the weekend. Have a wonderful time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain.

Monday, June 20, 2016

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

hiking
Monday, January 25, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

What a wonderful trail! Some call this the sister trail to Chicago Lakes, and some say its less interesting. I beg to differ, I enjoyed this trail tons more then the Chicago Lakes trail. I hiked to Lincoln Lake, roughly 5.6 mile from the Resthouse Meadows Trailhead. The trail was mostly mellow in my opinion, you start with going steadily up and then drop steeply down to Vance Creek (around 2 miles), remember this- going back up this one section is a butt-kicker. Its a nice easy grade from the creek and thru the burn area. The burn area is one of my favorite features of the hike. There is will a split to Lincoln Lake or to continue on the Resthouse Meadows trail, my goal was to go to Lincoln Lake so I followed the trail that direction. After about a mile or so in the burn area (mile 4.75is), I entered back into the forest and the trail very gradually started climbing upward. Once you start seeing giant boulders mixed with Bristelcone pines you are almost to the lake. The lake is glorious! There is no trail to the lake shore so you do have to manuvere of those giant boulders to get to the flat. The flat areas around the lake are limited, but obviously the boulders are big enough for rest and relaxing. It took me a little less then 6 hours to complete this trail roundtrip so plan for at least a 1/2 day adventure!

Monday, September 07, 2015

hiking
Monday, June 29, 2015

Good, somewhat strenuous trail. Longer than expected. Hiked to Lincoln Lake and it ultimately made the hike worth every step. Beautiful alpine lake and as of now the highway still isn't open so it was nice and peaceful. Definitely plan to be on the trail 4+ hours.

Sunday, June 28, 2015