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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

Echo Canyon Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,967 Feet (3106.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,693 Feet (527.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,660 Feet (3634.7 Meters)
Length, One-way: 1.3 Miles (2.17 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127 Aspen, Independence

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This is a moderate hike. The elevation gain of the right fork of the trail is approximately 2,800 feet, and the elevation gain of the left fork is about 1,750 feet. This is a short but steep trail. Excellent opportunities for viewing high alpine scenery and wildlife. The trailhead is located on private property. Please respect the rights of the owners while traveling to this trailhead.

Directions from Highway 82: The trailhead is found just off Highway 82 east of South Fork of Lake Creek, and approximately 7 1/2 miles west of Twin Lakes. Look for the trailhead on the north side of the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History Echo Canyon Trail - right fork, abandon mine sites
ICON Hiking & Walking Echo Canyon Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Echo Canyon Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Echo Canyon Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Echo Canyon Trail

Related Activities
La Plata Peak (north route) - La Plata is one of Colorado's peaks that reaches above 14,000 feet. At 14,336' it is Colorado's fifth highest peak.

Parry Peak Campground - Perry Peak Campground is located west of Twin Lakes Reservoir on Highway 82. Many recreation opportunities are accessible from this campground including fishing, canoeing, hiking, motorcycle riding, four-wheel driving and mountain biking.

Twin Peaks Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Thirty-nine sites are available at Twin Peaks Campground on a first come, first serve basis,

More Information

Visitor Information:

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box P, South US 24 , Buena Vista, CO, 81211, Phone: 719-395-6612


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