Echo Lake Trail
The Echo Lake Trail is a wonderful scenic adventure for the whole family. This hike is short and sweet. Weave along the shores of the picturesque lake and through dense pine forests. This well-maintained path is perfect for hikers of all-skill levels and is the departing trail for those venturing to the Chicago Lakes and Mount Evans.
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Route Description for Echo Lake Trail
Grab your sneakers and set out on the Echo Lake Trail. Short and scenic, this adventure will get your legs as you adventure into the fresh alpine air. Located at the bottom of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Echo Lake Park is a popular spot. We recommend arriving early to secure a parking spot. In the summer months, the weekends tend to be the busiest, consider a weekday adventure to avoid the crowds. No matter if it's packed or desolate, the Echo Lake Trail is a fun excursion. On your next adventure up the Scenic Byway, stop in at the Echo Lake Park and walk the Echo Lake Trail, you won’t regret it.
Walk the Echo Lake Trail and you will be exposed to unforgettable views of Mount Evans and its neighboring craggy peaks in the background. Walk the well-maintained path around the lake in the summer, and snowshoe it in the winter. One of the best parts about this trail is that there is a restaurant at the halfway mark. Take a well-deserved break at the Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant prior to heading back. Whether you are on the trail as a connector to a longer excursion or simply hiking the Echo Lake Trail in itself, this walk is one for the books.
Departing from the Echo Lake Park Parking Lot, head south on the Echo Lake Trail. Shortly after you begin this adventure you will encounter a junction. At the intersection, stay left on the Echo Lake Trail. Follow along the trail as it guides you under tree coverage. Walk along the forested path lined with impressive pine trees. Hike on the soft forest floor, minding the odd root and rocks.
Track along the west side of Echo Lake and enjoy the striking views of Mount Evans and its neighboring peaks in the south. Hike along the path as it guides you away from the shores of Echo Lake. Weaving between tree coverage and meadows, the route will eventually culminate at the Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant.
Grab a bite to eat or simply enjoy the expansive views that the end of the trail delivers. See the snow-dusted peaks that hem the subalpine forests below and bask in its postcard worthy beauty.
After enjoying a snack or a rest, retrace your steps along the path all the way back to the parking lot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you hike the entire way around Echo Lake?
No, the Echo Lake Trail only tracks along the southwestern shores of Echo Lake. If you wish to do the loop, you will have to return on the shoulder of highway CO-103.
Is Echo Lake open year-round?
Yes, the Echo Lake Trail is open year-round.
Can you swim in Echo Lake?
No, swimming is prohibited in Echo Lake.
Insider Hints for Echo Lake Trail
- Although the Echo Lake Trail is easy, make sure you are acclimated to the high altitude before setting out on this walk.
- If you have a permit, consider bringing your fishing rod and try your hand at catching some trout!
- Camp at the Echo Lake Campground for the weekend and complete several hikes in the area.
- If you are feeling adventurous, try the Chicago Lakes Hike next!
- Consider trading your hiking boots for snowshoes in the winter months!
Getting to the Echo Lake Trail Trailhead
The Echo Lake Trail is located off of highway CO-103 at the Echo Lake Park Parking Lot.
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