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Walk Around Echo Lake

Join us for a morning stroll around this small but very picturesque lake! Plan an hour drive from Denver. Bring snacks and water & prepare for a cool morning. This walk is on-leash.

Directions: Take I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 - Hwy 103. Go south 14 miles to the intersection of Hwy 103 and Hwy 5 (Mt Evans Road). Turn right on Hwy 5 then turn left to enter the campground.


Overview: Echo Lake Campground is located on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in central Colorado near its namesake lake at the base of Mount Evans along Hwy 103. Visitors enjoy hiking, fishing and taking scenic drives along Mount Evans Road.

Natural Features: Echo Lake sits in a spruce forest near the shores of Echo Lake. The campground's 10,600' elevation creates cool to chilly nights, even in summer, and its location on a mountain pass makes for windy conditions year-round. 

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland on the foothills and slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The forests and grassland cover 1.5 million acres and extend north to the Wyoming border, south to Mount Evans and west across the Continental Divide. 

The area encompasses mountains, lakes and five scenic byways, designated by Congress for their scenery, wildlife or history, including the highest road in North America. Mount Evans Road, also known as Colorado Highway 5, allows visitors to drive from 10,500' to 14,130' above sea level in just 14 miles.

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  • Buffy

    Absolutly beautiful day! Started out a little chilly but once we got to the lake and in the sunshine, it was awesome. The dogs got to play in the very late snow, and loved every second of it! Definately a must-do!

    2 · June 2, 2014

  • Mary

    Hoping Mike is feeling better and George / Lonnie n pups made it home ok without any problems!!

    2 · June 1, 2014

    • Michael

      Thanks, Mary. I was feeling better this afternoon. Not sure what hit me this morning.

      2 · June 1, 2014

  • Kristen C.

    Loved this walk! Can't think of a better outcome. Gorgeous weather with SNOW, beautiful scenery, a lake to cool off in.... Clementine and I had a wonderful time :-)

    2 · June 1, 2014

  • Mary

    Pups had an awesome time....great weather, friends n pups!!

    2 · June 1, 2014

  • Dennis

    I miss read the post and thought it was today, Saturday. We went up there and walked the lake. There are just a few little snow piles in the trees. the temperature was warm (no jacket needed) today so it should be the same tomorrow.

    May 31, 2014

  • Buffy

    Also - the site doesn't open for camping until next week - so the bathrooms might not be open. There are bathrooms in the Lodge, and it is open at 8am.

    May 29, 2014

  • Buffy

    Update: The weather forecast says the high for Sunday up there should be in the low 60's, with 10% chance of rain - overnight lows in the 40's - so dress accordingly. :-) The dogs will LOVE it!

    May 29, 2014

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