Resthouse Meadows Trail (#57)


A trail sign, Resthouse Trail No. 57, displays at the beginning of the trail.

The first mile climbs gradually through the trees, then it seems to level out for about three miles. Once you cross Vance Creek, it begins to climb slowly once again. The forest opens up to a meadow where 700 acres of forest burned in the 1962 Lincoln Lake Fire. Elk graze in this newly developed meadow. The last mile drops steeply and may be a little rocky.

At a Glance

Permit Info: * A mandatory free self-issuing permit is required for the Mount Evans Wilderness. * Free permits are available at each trailhead or entry point into the wilderness.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: * Dogs must be on a hand held leash * No motorized or mechanized equipment * Camps, campfires and stock, where allowed, at least 100 feet from water and trails * Group size limited to 15 people and/or 10 pack/stock animals per party * Certified weed-free hay is required for stock
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: Streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault Toilet

General Information

Directions: At the junction of Hwy 103 and Hwy 5, the trailhead starts in the Echo Lake Campground near the restrooms.

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5 miles (one way)

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Trailhead: 10,600' - Destination: 10,400'