Denver's only subalpine park. Glacial lake. 1920s lodge.Idaho Springs, CO
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Echo Lake sits nestled near Mt. Evans, Denver's most accessible 14,000" peak (that's a "fourteener" to Coloradans). Smooth and stoic, it's difficult to decipher which is the mirror: pristine, aquamarine waters, or Colorado's clear sky? Perhaps the only clue is the occasional raft of mallards, gliding across the lake's surface in quacking cacophony. Ensuing ripples lap lackadaisically along the shore. On an off-peak day at this near-peak lake, the stillness offers a soothing quality. It's easy to lose oneself in the engulfing temperate trees and soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountain backdrop, literally and figuratively. With such serenity on a sunny day, only the mallards test Echo Lake's namesake. The rest is in the mirror, where tranquil waters echo Colorado's sprawling aerial expanse.February 1, 2012 Like Add a Comment