Hike to Idaho Springs Reservoir

Echo Lake Park

Easily accessed in the winter, this is an awesome short hike from Echo Lake in the Mount Evans Wilderness Area.

This is a great hiking area an hour outside of Denver, Colorado. It's still easily accessible in the winter and most of the time it can be hiked without snowshoes.

Starting at the Echo Lake parking lot, hike around the right side of the lake until you reach a fork in the trail. Follow the path on your right until it leads you down into the valley and across the creek. Shortly after the crossing you'll find a road - turn left here. Follow this a short distance until you reach the reservoir, and for the best view considering hiking around and to the left a bit when you get there. This is a great sunrise hike when the weather is nice. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Micro spikes (if winter)
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RT Distance 3.9 Miles
Elevation Gain 800 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area


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Overall rating: 

Great Hike

This hike offered some great views and good cardio! The main trail to Chicago lake curves around the mountain side then heads down to the Idaho Springs Res. My husband and I just went Oct. 21 2018, and the trail down in the valley started to get slick due to the ice and snow but it was easily manageable. The res itself had an amazing view of the snow capped mountains and lots of chipmunks running around.

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