Magazine article Sunset

Echo Lake

Magazine article Sunset

Echo Lake

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Strap on the snowshoes and experience the sounds of silence outside of Denver

WHEN SNOW FALLS on 14,264-foot Mt. Evans, everything around this summer hot spot hibernates for the winter. The scenic byway to the summit shuts down; the Forest Service campground is deserted; , and Echo Lake Lodge boards up its doors. I It's the sort of quietude that attracts snowshoers, who are drawn by the proximity to Denver, easy-to-find roadside trailheads, and sheltered romps through the snow-laden pine forest. Traipse family-style around the 23-acre, iced-over Echo Lake, or head out with friends for a more heart-pumping trek. After snowshoeing, head to nearby Idaho Springs for cold pints and thick-crust pizza.

Go Echo Lake Circumnavigate on a mellow, quarter-mile loop-or lengthen it by continuing through the trees for half a mile to the shuttered yet still picturesque Echo Lake Lodge. INFO: Clear Creek Ranger District, www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf or 303/567-3000.

Resthouse Meadow Trail If you want to bore through the snowy forest and deep into the National Mount Evans Wilderness, Resthouse Meadow is your route. Its total distance of 5 miles makes it daunting for some, but the good thing about an outand-back trail? You can pivot at any time. INFO: Trailhead begins at the Echo Lake Campground.

EAT Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub Big, brassy brewpub pours award-winning ales and cooks up hearty burgers and garlic fries. INFO: $; 1401 Miner St., Idaho Springs; 303/567-2688.

Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza The go-to stop for refueling. Thick- or thin-crust pizzas come with lots of toppings; frothy root beer arrives in mason jars; and the salad bar perches on an old claw-foot tub. …

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