Echo Lake campground in Clear Creek Ranger District, is up pretty high, but it is worth every minute of the very beautiful drive.
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Click the photo for a view that will let you read the sign with all the details about North America’s highest highway.
That is echo lake in the background behind the sign.
So, how high is it, one might ask ? High enough that the University of Denver has a High altitude research laboratory located there !
Betty and I were sight seeing in tee shirts. There was snow under all of the trees. We didn’t tarry outside of the Jeep’s warm interior for very long.
Seven miles of steep and very twisty highway to get back down to Idaho Springs, mostly in second and third gear, with the engine holding back.
I sure do like the jeep’s new five speed automatic transmission that shifts electronicly, making the long descent in lower gears easier.