All humans have a right to explore and be exposed to nature in their own way. Evans Road Entrance Sign. I had a hard time catching my breath while climbing. Photos of Mount Evans Wilderness - 80. It is a longer trail, but there is also a road that will take visitors to the summit of Mount Evans. HOWEVER, this is adding some weird way down - as far as I know this is a winter route (ski?). 10. Hard to find a parking spot. I actually hiked up from Summit Lake but you can drive to a parking lot that is a half mile from the summit. No crowds at the summit. Check out Echo Lake on your way up! Mount Evans Meridian Trail to Rosedale Peak is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Shawnee, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Plenty of spots at trailhead at 7:30. 112 in the city, Snowing at Mt. The Beartracks Lake Trail departs from Camp Rock in the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area (SWA). The Beartrack Lakes Trail begins within the Mt Evans State Wildlife Area. Great views into the mountains and picking out peaks is a bit of fun. Theres not many that come any easier than this one. The Meridian trail is steeper than you think with a steady incline throughout. Mount Evans is the highest peak in a massif. Was 18° when we started, but warmed up nicely. You can reach the trail from two directions if you drive up I-70 but the one that takes you up closer and higher by Mount Evans may be more difficult in the winter months. Mount Evans, Denver: "We are going to be in Denver May 11 through 18..." | Check out answers, plus see 2,534 reviews, articles, and 1,789 photos of Mount Evans, ranked No.2 on Tripadvisor among 882 attractions in Denver. Turn right onto CO-5 S at Echo Lake. My 5th and easiest to date. 9. Rosalie - East Ridge. DIFFICULT 2.7 mi. Completed it on a hour and half with trail running the whole way down. Helms Lake via Abyss Lake Trail 602. You will see a sign that says Mount Evans Trail. <3. Our favorite 14er to date! Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The road to evans is closed. At any rate, the experience overall was quite wonderful! Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Evans and Mt. beautiful day and clear skies. Parked at Echo Lake campground and hiked the road up about 2.5 miles. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Mostly tundra & very little rock to contend with. I found that my progress was a bit hobbled by the cold. Public access is prohibited from the day after Labor Day to June 14 the following year, except for hunting permit holders during the regular deer and elk rifle season. the hike its self is easy, but the elevation is intense. Pretty disappointing. Those gusts were no joke. Hiked on the road as it was closed to motor vehicles. Continue 9.0 mi to the Summit Lake parking lot. Take exit 240 from I-70 W. Follow CO-103 S 13 mi. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Well worth the views after a beautiful drive to the top. I wasn't trying to do it fast, but I had to keep stopping due to very runny nose from cold air, and I found that wearing a face mask (needed because my face was going numb from the 22° cold and gusty winds) exacerbated the thin air- I could move faster when I pulled the mask up to breathe. We hiked this counter clockwise and almost turned around as we came off the ridge between Spalding and Evans due to the wind. Trail # Trail Name: Length (Miles) Topographic Quad Maps: 604: Meridian: 3.0: Harris Park: 603: Rosalie: 12.2: Mt. Mount Evans Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount Evans is: A light covering of new snow mostly falling on Tue nightTemperatures will be well below freezing (max -9°C on Mon night, min -25°C on Wed morning)Winds increasing (light winds from the WNW on Mon night, severe gales from the NNW by Wed afternoon). Add Your Photos. Came up from Echo Lake on Chicago Lakes Trail as the road is closed. No rail guards and steep drop offs. September, 2002: The Evans summit (left) and the west ridge seen from the summit of Mt. Crazy times. I did my first 14er (Quandary) about three weeks ago, and then did my second (Bierstadt) about two weeks ago, so this was my third. Evans/Chicago Creek Rd in Idaho Springs. Arrived at 6:30 to Summit Lake parking lot. Rescue on Rosalie Peak. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Add a Report. This map can only be accessed by registered, 14ers.com users. Great views. From Evergreen head west on 103 towards Mount Evans to mile marker 18. Didn't actually get to hike this trail. I hike year round and have done other 14ers, but that doesn’t make me better than someone just because they cannot physically ascend an entire 14er. Had the summit to myself for the 20 minutes that I was there. Pretty empty - a few other cars came out. Pennsylvania Mtn. LOTS of people there when we went in September though. It was absolutely beautiful at the top! Highway 5 is a popular road to the top of the mountain, which rates as the highest paved road in the United States. 5 miles round trip. Great quick 14er. Mount Evans 6. It’s longer than it’s says. Also make sure you have $5 cash for the parking. But anyway, back to the hike. I recommend starting the trail at the trailhead at the parking lot. I did the Mount Evans /Mount Spalding loop trail yesterday (Sunday Sept. 22). The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, just 60 miles west of Denver, is the highest paved road in North America. My first 14ner. It was about 18 miles round trip. Mountain Goats. Super pretty trail, especially with the different lakes you can view. The road leading up to the trail head is super sketchy if bad weather or snow. The trail starts off steep, dropping into a valley before running flat, … Mount Evans Resthouse Trail to Lincoln Lake is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The Mt. Tried to do this morning but the road to the trailhead is closed 9 miles from the start of the trail. Restrooms at Summit Lake trailhead and at the peak of Mt. There were maybe 10 people at the summit. The views are stunning. Spalding (13,842`). Oh! For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD746971. Note: Mount Evans Road (HWY 5) is closed for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. It’s a quick 0.17 miles long one-way climb to the 14,265 foot summit of Mount Evans from the end of Mount Evans Road. Mt. Mount Evans 4. At the summit, even on a weekday (Thursday), it was teeming with 100+ people on the summit and in the parking lot near the summit. I started around 7 and am glad I did because I lost the trail a number of times in the daylight. Mount Evans Summit Trail is a 1.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The road is in bad repair.. full of deep crater pot holes and very very hilly.. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. Elevation is over 14,000 feet.. Super bummed we couldn't do this hike today. We parked at the lake and began the hike on the East side of Mount Evans. SarahT. On top of that I have seen nowhere in any description of the trail that the last 2.5 miles are through an overgrown marsh. We walked some on the road that leads up to Mt. Hiked on sunday 10/6. That put my high point at around 11,264 feet. DIFFICULT 8.0 mi. I don’t think it’s fair to make fun of people if they don’t want to do the actual hike. Stopped at summit lake and echo lake on the way down before grabbing coffee in Georgetown. Still a 14er, but not very exciting. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Taken near Summit Lake on the Mt. Favorite 14er so far. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. While the drive is only 28 miles long, it is well worth the time you spend traveling this route. My camelback line froze so I was constantly trying to crunch the ice out of it. This is good for those who want to travel to 14,000 feet without the work. I’m usually careful not to step on any but this trail gave us no choice and seemed to make others bushwhack through the vegetation. We ended up doing almost 16 and there is no way we did an EXTRA 6 miles so something is up with the distance on this app. 20 minutes of solitude on the summit of Mt Evans. Did this as part of the Bierstatd, Sawtooth, Evans loop. Good for those not looking to do a strenuous hike, but still want some good 14er views. The peak is 35 miles (56 km) west of Denver, "as the crow flies", and approximately 51 miles (82 km) by road, via Idaho Springs. Mtn Geek. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. very windy and pretty cold. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. Beautiful hike with lakes and leaves changing. Go on 14ers.com for better route description! From the Summit Lake parking lot, follow the trail north, past a historic rock building, to an overlook of Chicago Lakes. 28. Loved the easy walk to the summit after a crazy drive up to the top. The view is amazing! The trail should still be available via Chicago Lakes Trail however!

With an elevation of 14,265 feet (4,348 meters), Mount Evans is the 12th-highest peak in Colorado and one of the state’s 58 “Fourteeners”—peaks above 14,000 feet (4,300 meters). Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Got lucky with low wind. Trip around to Spalding was pretty neat ...felt more dangerous / exciting! At the Crest House. The Mount Evans hike starts at Summit Lake, which is the highest lake in Colorado at 3912m above sea level. Epic climb and run down!! We pushed ahead and got a little off track on the rock scramble, but eventually found the cairns and found our way. It’s ridiculous to me that they have the trail marked as good from may to October when it is full of shin deep mud at the end, in June. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. We went up to summit lake and then hiked evans. There were a couple other areas that seemed a little dicey, more so that anything I saw on the other mountains. Derek. Slipped while navigating the mud hole and dropped my phone in it, so that ended my recording. This listing here refers to that short trail from the parking lot. The views were incredible and the rock scramble ended up being a ton of fun once we knew we weren’t lost. Mount Evans National Recreation Trail is located halfway between Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, halfway to Evergreen. Trail hard to see but I was grateful for all the rock cairns set up to lead the way. Easy trail just bring sun protection shads sun block cause that sun strong up there. JCP park webpage. Rosalie to Epaulet. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. I prefer to go the long way up then take the steeper shorter track down, but others to it the opposite to save their knees. Chicago Lakes in Mount Evans Wilderness. It made it about an 8 mile round trip, but it was worth every moment. And given the closed road adding 2x9 miles of road walking, maybe not the most exciting hike. The trail completely ended at the stream and we searched around for the other end which was about a quarter mile away through the mud and vegetation. Brutal wind for most of it but if your dressed for it it’s doable. As usual, be prepared to make new friends on the trail. Is there a 14ner that isn’t worth the work? I rated this trail as 2 stars because the trail isn’t marked very well during the sawtooth and Evans (especially the decent). Otherwise the trip up was about what I expected, but also a little harder due to all the layers of clothes, as I felt a little less flexible. Amazing view!! The trail is primarily used for bird watching and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. other side of mountain down, steep and loose rocks. This part of the trail was the steepest part of the loop, leading us up nearly 1,400 feet to the top of Mt. Overview Towering over the Denver skyline, Mt Evans is a very popular mountain for hikers and climbers due to being the closest 14er to Denver. You can access 18 super-dated pages of trail maps within Mount Evans Wilderness from the forest department website or visit the Mount Evans Wilderness AllTrails page to get more info on hiking and camping within the area. Mount Evans 5. Taking out of towners here is a good option as well. partial dusting of snow. Spalding loop trail begins and ends at Summit Lake. A popular way of hiking this prominent 14’er is … The ridge looked icy and treacherous so myself, a beginner hiker, and another hiker who looked more experienced didn't attempt it. We kept trying to go left on rock edges and got into a few sketchy cliff areas that we then had to turn around at over and over again. If you decide to backcountry camp along the Chicago Lakes Trail or beyond, get adequately prepared ahead of time. Evans Road. Did not make it to the trail head. Evans Highway offers a spectacular view as the highest road for vehicles along a national forest. While Mount Evans neighbors Mount Bierstadt and they are both 14’ers, the Mount Evans trail is definitely less trafficked. The scramble was awesome found my own path but had to climb a 100ft crevasse to get back to the normal trail!! Evans- Summit Lake. The trail itself is a fairly easy class 2 - the way is fairly obvious and use of hands is minimal. From Denver take I-70 W to CO-103 S Mt. View from summit spectacular, and weather as clear and could be. Forest Heritage Scenic Byway is a 73.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. If you do the trail counter clockwise as I prefer the summit can be a bit tricky to find. Some switchbacks to the summit. Summit Lake is nestled into a glacial cirque between the north face of Mount Evans and the east face of Mount Spalding. saw mountain goat mom and baby up at the summit. The Guanella Pass road in Grant, Colorado hugs the Wilderness on it’s Western border, giving a portal to another popular 14,000 foot mountain, Mount Bierstadt. It was very challenging as these were my 2nd and 3rd 14ers, the sawtooth was a daunting experience that I’m glad to have under my belt. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Call 303.291.7227 or visit CPW - Mount Evans SWA for access, closure, permit and use information. Hiked the Chicago Lakes trail to Summit Lake and the Mt Evans Rd to Summit trail. As of today, 10/15, Mount Evan's road was closed at the turn after Echo Lake. Great fairly easy 14Er, for a 14er. Bring your poles for the remainder of the loop down from Evans because there is a lot of scree and loose dirt to slip on. If I'd lost my balance and my momentum had varied me over the tiny ledge, I'd have fallen about eight more feet and likely broken something, so one really had to be careful. I was a bit surprised at the end (a little over a half mile from parking lot- the early part of hike if done counter-clockwise) that it seemed that, for example, the cairns led right up to a cliff edge. Nice little trail from the parking lot to the summit. Just stay right on all the rock edges until the summit is readily apparent. Mount Evans via Spalding TR. Beautiful views, scrambling, very cold. The views make it worth it! You can drive through the beautiful town of Evergreen or choose the magnificent dive up I-70 towards Idaho Springs, Colorado. Took 5 hours round trip, but we got off trail and had to do some slightly scary rock scaling. Summit Parking. Great way to start the morning. June, 2005: Evans seen from the summit of Mt. It's just a much longer hike. Amazing hike number 5 for me in a week. The trail is primarily used for bird watching and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Was at the by 5:10am and was a beautiful morning! And it’s free that early too! Mt. Haven't done that obviously, as these is no significant snow on 9/20. Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail [CLOSED], Mount Evans Summit Trail Via Mount Evans Road, Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail, Mount Bierstadt, The Sawtooth, and Mount Evans Loop, Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans from Guanella Pass Rd, Abyss Lake via Guanella Pass & Rosalie Trail, Tour de Abyss Loop- Mount Evans, Bierstadt East Ridge, to Sawtooth, Summit Lake to Upper Chicago Lake via Chicago Lakes Trail, Mount Bierstadt East Ridge, Abyss Lake and Abyss Trail Loop, Mount Wilcox, Argentine Peak and Square Top Mountain, Mount Spaulding and Mount Evans via Summit Lake - Standard Route, https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD746971. Some people were doing the steep section first, if you want to do it this way just walk down the road a quarter mile or so. The Mt. East end is in Windy Saddle Park (Jefferson County Parks). Other times you will pay an additional $10 to enter the park. Other peaks in the massif are: Mount Spalding (13,842 ft or 4,219 m), 1.1 mi (1.8 km) northwest Nothing too difficult. Evans. If you arrive prior to 8am, this is the only fee you'll pay. is a quick and easy Class 1 hike from the trailhead we suggest, which is accessible by passenger vehicle with a few miles of maintained, graded dirt road driving out of Fairplay. Views were great. The only way down was a place I had to jump down about four feet to a rock ledge that extended about ten inches out from the mountain ledge I was standing on. Mount Evans Summit Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The road is out to the parking lot at the very to, at the man made view site. Mount Evans is the highest peak in the Front Range Rocky Mountains of Colorado. There was even a looong line of people waiting at the restroom. we started the hike at chicago lakes trail. I’ll start by saying the views of this hike were amazing. The temporarily closed highway, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, is the only road that bisects the 74,400 acre Mount Evans Wilderness Area, designated as federal wilderness in 1980. Chicago Lakes is a popular hiking trail in the Mount Evans Wilderness that has two magnificent lakes with stellar views towards the foothills and of Mount Evans. Rosalie Peak: 4,280 verticle feet, 10 miles (round trip) all in a time crunch. Hopefully it's not closed for the season! Trail" This is a great beginners summit hike. The journey begins in Idaho Springs, climbing to the summit of Mount Evans, which is 14,264 feet up. Idaho Springs Historic District. Two cyclists coming down as I summited. Idaho Springs Heritage Museum. From The Summit. Evans before finding the trail. Mount Evans Summit Trail Via Mount Evans Road, Mount Bierstadt, The Sawtooth, and Mount Evans Loop, Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans from Guanella Pass Rd, Abyss Lake via Guanella Pass & Rosalie Trail, Tour de Abyss Loop- Mount Evans, Bierstadt East Ridge, to Sawtooth, Summit Lake to Upper Chicago Lake via Chicago Lakes Trail, Mount Bierstadt East Ridge, Abyss Lake and Abyss Trail Loop, Mount Spaulding and Mount Evans via Summit Lake - Standard Route, Gray Wolf Mountain via South Chicago Creek, Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail, https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD746971. Drove out from Denver to watch the sunrise. maverick_manley. Only saw one other person on the entire trail! On a Sunday afternoon I had the summit entirely to myself with the road up being closed. 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