Echo Lake, Near Mt. Evans & Idaho Springs Colorado

Echo Lake Trail, Mt. Evans

July 21, 2010 |  by

Colorado’s Echo Lake is looped by an easy hiking trail and serves as a trailhead to even more classic Colorado hikes. Go early to Echo Lake to get perfect photos of Mount Evans reflected in the water. Explore the full hike profile below that will give you driving directions from Denver, a trail map, and all the information you need to launch out on this adventure.

  • Hike Distance: Less than 1/4 Mile
  • Denver Drive Time: 1hr
  • Difficulty: Easy (but consider altitude)
  • Duration: 15min
  • Activities: Fishing, Picnic Areas, Hiking, Connections to other hikes, Visitor Center
  • Directions: Click for Google Map
  • Trail Type: Out & Back
  • Seasons: Spring to Fall
  • Beauty: Lakes, Mountain Peak Views, Wildlife: Ducks and Geese
  • Trail Map Link for Echo Lake: Click Here

A great Colorado park to take visiting family and friends. It’s an hour from Denver and has very short trail, but it’s a great place to introduce others to the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and to take in a high Colorado lake. The trail circles Echo Lake and connects to several other trails: Chicago Lakes, Bear Track Lakes trails, which give you access to Mount Evans Wilderness Area which is full of other great hiking trails,and Mt. Evans summit.

Near the parking area, you’ll find a stone picnic shelter which was built in 1937. When the weather is getting hot, it’s a great place for a picnic or a wonderful place to break out the hot chocolate on a snowy winter day.

If you are looking for more Colorado lake hikes, be sure to check out our Lake Hikes Near Denver page.

Tips:

  • Early morning means that the lake is still, providing no windy weather, and is a perfect time to photograph or just to observe the rocky mountains reflected in the water.
  • A nice short Colorado hike can be made by parking at the parking lot (see map above & below), and hiking around the lake to the Historic Echo Lake Lodge. Visit there, then turn around and enjoy the lake on the way back again.
  • When you finish, drive up to the summit and enjoy the view from the top of Mt. Evans. Or visit Summit Lake Park
  • One of our favorite day-trips with visitors who are not from Colorado, is to take them to Echo Lake, Mt. Evans Summit (by car), then into Evergreen for Pizza at Beaujos Pizza
  • In regards to the summit hike: We avoid bringing friends who are not in good health. Be sure to have your guests drink plenty of water, and make sure they have had a day or two to get used to the altitude in the mile-high city.
  • The Weather link below is for Idaho Springs. Weather at the altitude of Echo Lake may be very different, and Weather at the summit will definitely be different. Check this National Weather Service Link for more accurate forecasts.
  • Looking for something more adventurous? Try the Chicago Lakes Hike. It starts in the same parking lot.

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  1. Hi! Headed out to Denver in September and have included Echo lake to the itinerary (thanks to stumbling upon your wonderfully informative site!). Anyway, I just wanted to ask how early ‘early morning’ is in terms of possibly catching the lake water standing still (if not windy). Thanks :)

  2. Julia, it changes with the time of year. In September, sunrise will between 6:29 (sept 1) and 6:56 (sept 30). Here is a sunrise time chart link. If you are hoping for the best photo opp, then I suggest getting there close as you can to the sunrise time. That will give you time to figure out where you want to set up your tripod, and will give you a variety of lighting conditions as the sun comes up. Conditions should be optimal for that first hour after sunrise. Happy Trails,
    Aaron – DayhikesnearDenver

  3. There’s also a BeauJos in closer Idaho Springs. Also highly recommend Tommyknocker’s for craft brew and bison chili. Deelish!

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