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Echo Lake Park

A beautiful subalpine lake with easy year-round access.

Located at the base of Mt. Evans Road, Echo Lake sits next to Squaw Pass Road, providing a great jumping-off point for numerous adventures. The park serves as a trailhead for hiking or snowshoeing into the Mount Evans Wilderness, offers picnic areas, and includes a nearby campground with 17 sites. The area has dark night skies for photographing the Milky Way, and when the lake is frozen interesting cracks form in the ice. The lake is also a popular fishing spot, although actually catching a fish can prove difficult.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes or snowshoes
  • Warm Layers
  • Camera + Lens + Tripod
  • Fishing Pole & Tackle
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RT Distance 1.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 88 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Sweet Views

Great spot, if you find the main parking area full head up the scenic byway just past echo lake towards Juniper pass for some really, really sweet views of Mt. Evans and more!


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