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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Clear Creek Ranger District

Quick Facts

Resthouse Meadows Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters) at Echo Lake Campground
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 200 Feet (62.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters) Resthouse Meadows
Length: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers)
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Idaho Springs; Harris Park

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail south of Idaho Springs begins at the Echo Lake Campground and leads to Resthouse Meadows, in the Mount Evans Wilderness. The trail is relatively easy except for the last mile which is fairly steep, narrow and rocky. Portions of the trail travel through an old burn, which offers good views of the surrounding mountains. The meadow has several beaver ponds and when in season, many wildflowers. The traveler can also reach Lincoln Lake, Beaver Meadows, and Beartrack Lakes from this trail.

Directions from Idaho Springs: Travel 14 miles south on highway 103 to Echo Lake Campground. The trail begins at the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking This trail links to several others in the Mount Evans Wilderness.
ICON Hiking & Walking Resthouse Meadows Trail
ICON Snowshoeing

Related Activities
Beartracks Trail - This trail begins at the Camp Rock Trailhead west of Evergreen in the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area and leads to Beartrack Lakes.

Beaver Meadows Trail - This trail begins west of Evergreen in the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area. It leads into the Mount Evans Wilderness and intersects the Beartracks Trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Clear Creek Ranger District, 101 Chicago Creek Rd, P.O. Box 3307 , Idaho Springs, CO, 80452, Phone: 303-567-2901, Fax: 303-567-3021

Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Information Center, P.O. Box 3307 , Idaho Springs, CO, 80452, Phone: 303-567-2901, TTY: 303-567-3009


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