• Start in Idaho Springs, site of the first major gold discovery. Explore the Victorian downtown and stop at the Underhill Museum, home and business of mining engineer Dr. James Underhill and his wife, Lucy. Visit the Idaho Springs Heritage Museum at 2060 Miner Street, where the gold rush began January 7, 1859.  See exhibits from 1859 to mid 1900s gold mining and town settlement. Walk over to Bridal Veil Falls, which plunges behind an historic waterwheel built in the 1890s by gold miner Charlie Tayler.
     
  • Travel up CO 103 to Echo Lake. Enjoy the numerous overlooks and stop at Ponder Point Picnic Area for exceptional views. Visit the Echo Lake Lodge built in 1926. The authentic log building constructed of stripped, stained logs from the surrounding forest and its charming 4-sided fireplace houses a restaurant, bar, and gift shop.
     
  • To reach the summit, stop at the fee station and then, continue up the road. There are many tremendous overlooks along the road. Make sure to stop at the Mount Goliath Nature Center and Summit Lake.
     
  • Just below the summit, the foundation of the Crest House is visible and also, the Meyer Wombel Observatory – closed to the public but fun to see.
     
  • From Echo Lake, continue on CO 103 to Bergen Park.
     
  • End in Bergen.