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Friends of Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wilderness

Echo Lake Trailhead

The Echo Lake Trailhead provides access to the Chicago Lakes Trail, Resthouse Trail, and Captain Mountain Trail. The Chicago Lakes and Resthouse Trails begin at a small parking area just before the entrance to the Echo Lake Campground. To reach the Captain Mountain Trail, hike from the parking area east along the road through the campground to the east end, where the trail begins.


Drive approximately 15 miles south of Idaho Springs on Highway 103 to its junction at Echo Lake with Highway 5, the Mount Evans Road. Turn right briefly on Highway 5, then left just before the Mount Evans entrance. The parking area is just down the road toward the entrance to the Echo Lake Campground on the left side of the road.

Trails Served

Chicago Lakes
Captain Mountain