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Echo Lake

Echo Lake is a high mountain lake off of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway in Echo Lake Park. To get to Echo Lake Park, go west on I-70 to the Mount Evans exit (Hwy 103) in Idaho Springs. Travel south on Hwy 103 for 14 miles to the park. Soon after the park was acquired the 617-acre park in 1920, a shelter house with picnic facilities near the lake was constructed. In 1926-27 the Echo Lake Lodge (open seasonally May-September) was built from native rock and timber. Nestled in a glacially formed hanging valley at 10,600 feet elevation with excellent views of the lake, lodge and Mount Evans. It formed during the latest period of glaciation roughly 10,000 years ago. As glaciers retreated in the Chicago Creek valley, lateral moraines formed a natural dam to drainage, forming the lake. Contact Echo Lake Lodge at (303)567-2138. For information about Mount Evans, contact Clear Creek Ranger District at (303) 567-2901. The U.S. Forest Service charges an admittance fee on Mount Evans Road. 

This lake lies in the Arapaho National Forest along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.  It is usually fishable from May through September.  Hiking or horse trail to Chicago Lakes area of the Mount Evans wilderness. Echo Lake is at N39°39.558' Latitude and W105°36.346' Longitude with an elevation of 10,600 ft. 

Echo Lake is a shallow lake with plenty of rainbow trout in it.
All of the lake is fishable from the shore. There are 18 campsites, including some tent-only sites. 

 

 

To view more pictures of the trails, mines, and lakes check out our Echo Lake Gallery.