Summit Lake Park At an elevation of 12,840 feet, Summit Lake Park anchors the high-altitude end of the Mountain Parks system. That'll be Mount Evans. The Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site. We were impressed with how well kempt the whole area was including even the pit toilets. I intentionally decided to keep a slow pace on today's trek. From here, hike ¼ mile down to the open area above a band of cliffs and towards an unnamed point. Evans, head back and follow the Mount Spalding Trail to the not-so-obvious summit. The Mt. Stay on the southeast side of this creek and soon you will find some cairns. Spalding - 10, 11 and 12. The gully looks very intimidating from this vantage point, but it is certainly a doable, albeit steep climb. Take Exit 241 off Interstate 70 for 1 mile. Evans. Mt. The trail up to Spalding was relatively easy to follow and was mostly easy class 1 trail. In 2010, the trail was renamed Summit Flats to avoid confusion with the Denver Mountain Parks trail at Summit Lake. The Mount Evans Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area in Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest about 30 miles (48 km) west of Denver, Colorado.The wilderness area is named after Mount Evans.. History. Evans west ridge. PLEASE VISIT THE NEW AND IMPROVED GO HIKE COLORADO: www.gohikecolorado.com, All photos by me unless otherwise indicated. Conservation Area - Eagle Valley, McInnis Canyon Nat. Most parties will probably opt for climbing from a camp in the vicinity of Ingalls Lake. Evans trail was abandoned probably sometime in the 1940s, but later the Summit Lake trail was built using much of the old trail between Resthouse Meadows and Summit Flats. As you head to the start of going towards Mt. Taken from the summit of Mt Spalding. Mt. Spalding. www.gohikeco.com/2012/06/mount-evans-14264ft-from-summit-lake.html Follow cairns and/or trail segments south down to the Evans-Spalding saddle at 13,600' - 14. Summit Lake is nestled into a glacial cirque between the north face of Mount Evans and the east face of Mount Spalding. View, CO Trail s5 - Kenosha Pass to Great Aspen Grove, Canyons of the Ancients NM - Painted Hand Pueblo, Gunnison Gorge Nat. From I-70, exit #240 and head south on HWY 103 (toward Mt Evans) for 13 miles to Echo Lake. It sits across Summit Lake from Evans and is a popular 13er to climb that can easily be done in an hour or so from Summit Lake. Once crossing the ridge you'll be hit hard with some stunning views of the lake, Mt. My original plan was to ride my bike to the top again. THIS SITE IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED. Mountain Goats. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Mt. The view along this route is spectacular. Evans. Spalding, From there, the trail descends to a saddle, then climbs the west ridge of Mount Evans to a point just below the summit, where it joins the Mount Evans National Recreation Trail. I eventually found my way up to a saddle at the start of the west ridge. Take the west ridge down a gorgeous alpine wonderland off-trail until you get to a creek (Scott Gomer Creek). Essentially your goal is to get to the opposite side of Summit Lake via the ridge. Last summer I hiked Evans for the first time on an epic hike from Guanella Pass over Bierstadt and the Sawtooth. The snow covered the trail and so I was left looking either for foot prints or what remnants of trail could be seen through the snowcover. Stop at the Visitor Center for information, then continue on Miner Street to 13th Avenue which is State Highway 103 and continues on State Highway 5 through a corridor between the Mount Evans Wilderness where it ends near the summit of Mount Evans. Summit Ridge from Summit Lake . Evans Road Entrance Sign. It's a little class-2 hike with a fair amount of exposure, especially to the north. Sitting on the edge. There are numerous trialheads including Echo Lake, Summit Lake, West Chicago Creek, Guanella Pass, Bear Creek, Deer Creek, Cub Creek and Scott Gomer Creek, which all access the Mount Evans Wilderness. Mount Evans: Breathtaking walk from Summit Lake - See 2,534 traveler reviews, 1,789 candid photos, and great deals for Denver, CO, at Tripadvisor. to the fee station. Evans. Drive on and this excellent paved road (the highest in the USA) will take you past Summit Lake and eventually to a large parking area that is a breathless, five-minute stroll from the 15th highest summit in Colorado. Evans - from Summit Lake over Mt. Initially, there's a mix of tundra, small scree & gravel. The section from the East Ridge up steep, loose rock flanks to the West Ridge is normally the crux. At 13,800', reach the end of the ridge. Sun, Aug 21, 2016, 6:00 AM: Mt Evans seen from Mt Spalding with Summit Lake on Lower LeftMt Evans : 14,264 ft, Summit Lake TH : 12,850 ft,~4 miles Round-Trip via Snapshot Route, 1414 ft Elevation Gain Start of Evans West Ridge route follow cairns below ridge crest … Summit Lake trailhead access is from the Mount Evans highway which is generally open to Summit Lake Memorial Day through the end of Septmber. In this section I radio-ed my wife Sarah (who was driving up the Evans Rd) to see if she had made the summit and she was actually already parked and walking her way up the tourist trail to the summit. Goliath Natural Area is a must-see stop between the byway entrance and Summit Lake. For a longer hike you can continue hiking south to Summit Lake and on up to the summit of Mount Evans. Descend via the same route. Ironically, the footprints in the snow here made routefinding a cinch and I made great time moving through the somewhat now familiar rock along the west ridge of Evans. The Natural Area includes several trails and the well-designed Dos Chappell Nature Center. Summit Elevation: 14,264 ft. Wow, scary for me. Today was the easy, almost cheating, path. Summit Lake from Mount Evans' west ridge. Route-finding was generally okay with cairns. From the Summit Lake parking area, hike along the trail on the east end of the lake and then veer ENE onto the Mt. The trail skirts Summit Lake to the Chicago Lakes - Mt Evans Trail split (.2 miles) with long views down the glacially carved Chicago Creek Valley. The Sawtooth just before sunset. Once crossing the ridge you'll be hit hard with some stunning views of the lake, Mt. Warren ridge. It was fun joking with them having done the route last year and warning them of the fun Willows descent on their way home. The most difficult approach leads west around Summit Lake (counter-clockwise) to Mount Spalding, then along the northwest ridge of Mount Evans to the top. Mt. Both lakes offer excellent views of surrounding peaks. From there it was evident enough where to start on the hike up towards Mt. If you hadn’t made the drive yet, the Mt. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. I have a track and waypoints from the hike all contained in a KML file that you are welcome to download and use (at your own risk). The lot was well over half full already. Continue under the cliff bands to reach the saddle between Mt. The route to the top of Mount Evans, one of America’s highest auto roads, is usually accessible from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is … Summit Lake Trailhead (12,850’) To reach the Summit Lake Trailhead, drive 9.5 miles from Echo Lake on the Mount Evans Road (Highway 5) to Summit Lake. Evans- Summit Lake. It turned out to be a good acclimation hike for me on my path to Pikes. From the top of Spalding (13,000 ft or so), you'll follow the ridge in a counter clockwise motion. Turn right (west) onto Mt. Conservation Area - Dinosaur Hill, Trailhead Lat/Long: 39.598061º N; 105.640394º W, Fee: $10 (Annual National Parks Pass Accepted). Evans. We crossed over the top of the Sunrise Couloir at the saddle of Mount Evans and Mount Spalding and then began the short ascent to the summit of Mount Spalding. A look back at the Summit Lake parking area from the start of the Evans West Ridge. From the Summit Lake parking lot, follow the trail north, past a historic rock building, to an overlook of Chicago Lakes. Drive along the slopes of Mount Evans, a Colorado 14er standing at 14,264 ft. 5 switchbacks down from the summit, on a tight hairpin turn, is a small parking area near 13,900ft. Taken near Summit Lake on the Mt. The views to the west from here are breathtaking. The initial path from the parking lot was paved and led over to the junction area where the trail to the Chicago Lakes breaks off. Warren and Mt. To get here you need to drive Mount Evans Scenic Byway (Mt Evans Rd) which costs 10 dollars to the summit. There's a … On your way up the mountain you can see some of the oldest trees in the United States as well as Fall Sheep some people call them Mountain Goats. Having flown out to Denver and spent my evenings in Dillon, I began my tour with La Plata Peak yesterday as a full-blown acclimation hike. Mount Bierstadt is connected to Evans, the former Rosalie, by a ridge. Summit Lake is on the west side of CO 5, 9 miles above the lodge; the peak is another 5 miles above Summit Lake. Trailhead parking is on Denver Mountain Parks property, which charges a fee. Arsenal NWR - Rod & Gun Club Ponds, Maxwell Falls & Cliffs Loop, Arapaho National Forest, The Sisters and Brother's, Aldefer/Three Sisters Park, Quandary Peak 14,265ft, White River National Forest. That's the *fun* way to do Evans. From that point on it could have been very difficult again to follow trail through all of the loose talus except for the solid set of footprints leading the way. Despite that we kept our focus on the goal at hand...summit'ing Mt. Getting there: From Denver, head West on I-70 to Exit 240 for CO-103 towards Mt. The 2 1/2 mile hike has an elevation gain of 1,800 feet, but gives you the opportunity to climb two mountains. The trail to the second lake, above treeline, is difficult to follow at times and is very steep. Round-Trip Length: 11.57 miles Start Elevation: 10,624’ High Point: 11,826’ Elevation Change: 1,999’ Skill Level: Moderate-Strenuous Trailhead Location: The Chicago Lakes Trail begins at Echo Lake (west side), 13.25 miles south of I-70 on HWY 103. Hike from summit lake up the east side, steep but intermediate climb to the top. Keep walking ENE to the large, somewhat flat summit area. After Mt. It sits across Summit Lake from Evans and is a popular 13er to climb that can easily be done in an hour or so from Summit Lake. May, 2002: Morning light on Evans. Distance: 2.95 mi. Idaho Springs Historic District. I quickly made my way along the rest of the ridge, trying to shortcut a bit onto the tourist trail and finally found myself on the summit at 10:35am for a 1:50 climb of Evans. This drive was pretty hard for me. From Mount Evans, we worked our way west on the ridge and into a slightly annoying head wind. Evans Road, through the entrance station and take this all … It goes up the east ridge of Mt Spaulding, over the top, and then traverses the west ridge of Mt Evans. Evans, during an ascent from Echo Lake on July 17, 2019. Mt Evans allows you a great view of the Rocky Mountains. There were a few tricky boulder moves. Essentially your goal is to get to the opposite side of Summit Lake via the ridge. Thus a wonderful uphill-only (well almost) of Evans. Evans' west ridge is peaking its head. The beginning part of the route is easy. THE CLIMB Ascent: -West ridge from Spalding-Evans Col class 2 Descent: -North-east face class 2 Hike: RT 5.5 (includes Mount Spalding and The Sawtooth); 1.75 up from The Sawtooth. The Mt. The new trail you would need to climb up where that part ends and then continue up. Mount Evans Pål Jørgen on the summit. Colorado 103 continues east from Echo Lake … It's one of the highest lakes in the country with fish. We got to Summit Lake at 12,800 ft which was really worth the effort. June, 2005: Evans seen from the summit of Mt. Colorado, United States, North America. I first noticed Mount Evans while gazing westward from the top of Mount Baker in 2011, but at the time, I only took a photograph and did not give the peak much further thought. Its southwest side connects to the Sawtooth Ridge between Evans and Bierstadt also. Follow cairns south toward the end of the west ridge - 15 and 16. This lake is 13,200 ft. The latter has long been the highest paved road in North America (5th highest in the world) and is only open in the summer. Mt. Buffalo Bill Trail to Lookout Mountain, Lookout Mo... Green Mt. Summit Lake is just a 5 mi drive away from the summit -- it invites you for a short break and offers some paths around/ along the lake. I've also been wanting to scout out this route as a possibility for my kids and perhaps even my nephews to try some day as an easy 14er hike.

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