Whenever Denver started creating the Squaw Pass Road in 1918, they envisioned a ‘skyline drive towards the summit of Mount Evans.’ The town additionally obtained Echo and Summit Lakes in hope that ‘scenic wonderland without peer’ would get to be the portal to a different national park the City was proposing to Congress. The ‘Denver National Park’ was never designated, but the move forged a long-term commitment between Denver in addition to US Forest Service to create the highway on peak.
The 616-acre Echo Lake hill Park has actually a natural lake at 10, 600 foot within the area during the base of Goliath Peak in the middle of a thick spruce-fir woodland. A steep percentage of the playground lies across Highway 103. Echo Lake may be the just hill Park in the subalpine zone. It’s east edges are described as a sizable complex of subalpine wetland and shrub riparian vegetation. Portions for this wetland is a 10, 000-year-old fen—a painful and sensitive and irreplaceable resource (this is certainly shut to community use). The lake is a component of the Echo Lake Potential Conservation region and has large biodiversity relevance because of its unusual and globally susceptible subalpine flowers, including shown moonwort, Mingan’s moonwort, and western moonwort.
The Echo Lake Lodge, a sign building finished in 1927, sits majestically from the eastern shore of this pond overlooking an amazing subalpine environment. Echo Lake Lodge ended up being designed for going to overnight visitors, complete with sleeping areas, a fireplace lounge, and dining area. These days, the lodge serves as a seasonal present shop and restaurant with lodging limited to the concessionaire and employees.
Echo Lake Park, at 10, 600 ft (3, 230 m), presents the subalpine ecosystem, with surrounding forests of Englemann Spruce, Subalpine Fir, and Limber Pine. The 24-acre (10 ha) lake is well-known for fishing and reflects wonderful views of Mt. Evans. The fen (wetland) on east end for the pond provides crucial wildlife habitat; visitors are requested to stay on nearby tracks.