But anyway, back to the hike. Rescue on Rosalie Peak. I actually hiked up from Summit Lake but you can drive to a parking lot that is a half mile from the summit. 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. This listing here refers to that short trail from the parking lot. 5 miles round trip. The Meridian trail is steeper than you think with a steady incline throughout. This is good for those who want to travel to 14,000 feet without the work. Had the summit to myself for the 20 minutes that I was there. Super bummed we couldn't do this hike today. Either have a warning in the description of this hike, or use one of the other herd paths that travel out of the marsh to connect back to the start of the trail. The trail is primarily used for bird watching and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Evans. Idaho Springs Historic District. Favorite 14er so far. No rail guards and steep drop offs. That put my high point at around 11,264 feet. The journey begins in Idaho Springs, climbing to the summit of Mount Evans, which is 14,264 feet up. What an amazing hike! Plants slapping you from every direction, it seemed like a herd path that we should avoid by doing a little climb out of the marsh towards the end and having the trail meet up closer to the base of Beirstadt. saw mountain goat mom and baby up at the summit. Call 303.291.7227 or visit CPW - Mount Evans SWA for access, closure, permit and use information. partial dusting of snow. If you decide to backcountry camp along the Chicago Lakes Trail or beyond, get adequately prepared ahead of time. Came up from Echo Lake on Chicago Lakes Trail as the road is closed. As of today, 10/15, Mount Evan's road was closed at the turn after Echo Lake. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, just 60 miles west of Denver, is the highest paved road in North America. I found that my progress was a bit hobbled by the cold. Drove out from Denver to watch the sunrise. Haven't done that obviously, as these is no significant snow on 9/20. The view is amazing! See description "Beartrack Lakes Trail 43" under "Mount Evans Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map. Beautiful views, scrambling, very cold. 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. At any rate, the experience overall was quite wonderful! 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. Did not make it to the trail head. Great views into the mountains and picking out peaks is a bit of fun. Says that road to it is out but you can still do the hike and get to the first parking lot. The trail itself is a fairly easy class 2 - the way is fairly obvious and use of hands is minimal. Didn't actually get to hike this trail. Check out Echo Lake on your way up! Bikers. Photos of Mount Evans Wilderness - 80. Took 5 hours round trip, but we got off trail and had to do some slightly scary rock scaling. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Other peaks in the massif are: Mount Spalding (13,842 ft or 4,219 m), 1.1 mi (1.8 km) northwest Mount Evans 6. Highway 5 is a popular road to the top of the mountain, which rates as the highest paved road in the United States. the hike its self is easy, but the elevation is intense. Taking out of towners here is a good option as well. I did the Mount Evans /Mount Spalding loop trail yesterday (Sunday Sept. 22). arrived 6:30 am, started counter clockwise. Loved the easy walk to the summit after a crazy drive up to the top. SarahT. On a Sunday afternoon I had the summit entirely to myself with the road up being closed. Camp Rock is a dispersed camping area located at the end of Bear Creek Road, an 8 mile (12.9 km) narrow dirt road. Hopefully it's not closed for the season! A fee of $5 in cash or check is charged for day use to park at Summit Lake. Beautiful hike with lakes and leaves changing. Those gusts were no joke. Trail" This is a great beginners summit hike. Evans road. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. Summit Parking. Only took us 3.5 hours to clear. Taken near Summit Lake on the Mt. 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. This map can only be accessed by registered, 14ers.com users. 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. Rosalie to Epaulet. The Beartrack Lakes Trail begins within the Mt Evans State Wildlife Area. The road is in bad repair.. full of deep crater pot holes and very very hilly.. If you arrive prior to 8am, this is the only fee you'll pay. LOTS of people there when we went in September though. We weren't even able to get up to Summit Lake. I have a knee issue and it didn’t feel bad at all. 112 in the city, Snowing at Mt. The road to evans is closed. 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 National Recreation Trail is located halfway between Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, halfway to Evergreen. 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. than other mountains as a lot of steep dropoffs. We went up to summit lake and then hiked evans. Great views. I had a blast! Add a Report. 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. Track (10/10/20, 9:16:27AM) The views are stunning. And it’s free that early too! The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. A nice forested walk with a few large aspen groves in the Mount Evans Wilderness. Pretty disappointing. 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. As usual, be prepared to make new friends on the trail. Evans Highway offers a spectacular view as the highest road for vehicles along a national forest. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Also make sure you have $5 cash for the parking. Top is a bit of a scramble, but nothing too sketchy. Evans/Chicago Creek Rd in Idaho Springs. Elevation is over 14,000 feet.. It’s longer than it’s says. June, 2005: Evans seen from the summit of Mt. Just stay right on all the rock edges until the summit is readily apparent. JCP park webpage. Rosalie - East Ridge. Great views, easy drive up. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The scramble was awesome found my own path but had to climb a 100ft crevasse to get back to the normal trail!! 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. piper14er. 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. Note: Mount Evans Road (HWY 5) is closed for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. 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. maverick_manley. Mostly tundra & very little rock to contend with. This part of the trail was the steepest part of the loop, leading us up nearly 1,400 feet to the top of Mt. We walked some on the road that leads up to Mt. From Denver take I-70 W to CO-103 S Mt. Epic climb and run down!! The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of almost 17 miles makes this a strenuous day hike. The Mt. From The Summit. Helms Lake via Abyss Lake Trail 602. 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. Still a 14er, but not very exciting. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Amazing hike number 5 for me in a week. Well worth the views after a beautiful drive to the top. 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. 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. Mt. Did this as part of the Bierstatd, Sawtooth, Evans loop. The views make it worth it! Nice little trail from the parking lot to the summit. we started the hike at chicago lakes trail. Good for those not looking to do a strenuous hike, but still want some good 14er views. Evans Road Entrance Sign. Great way to start the morning. 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. Other times you will pay an additional $10 to enter the park. Continue 9.0 mi to the Summit Lake parking lot. East end is in Windy Saddle Park (Jefferson County Parks). <3. Add Your Photos. 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. Evans. 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. 20 minutes of solitude on the summit of Mt Evans. Mount Evans is the highest peak in a massif. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. 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. I had a hard time catching my breath while climbing. The views were incredible and the rock scramble ended up being a ton of fun once we knew we weren’t lost. The road leading up to the trail head is super sketchy if bad weather or snow. tombogard 1 month, 1 week ago . Go on 14ers.com for better route description! super fun trail though! View from summit spectacular, and weather as clear and could be. beautiful day and clear skies. 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. All humans have a right to explore and be exposed to nature in their own way. 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. I highly recommend starting the trail earlier for a beautiful view of the sunrise. It was about 18 miles round trip. To take this route park at the designated parking lot with restrooms then go right. Evans Road. Evans. Arrived at 6:30 to Summit Lake parking lot. 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. The Beartracks Lake Trail departs from Camp Rock in the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area (SWA). Pennsylvania Mtn. Mount Evans 4. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. If you do the trail counter clockwise as I prefer the summit can be a bit tricky to find. The wind was blowing hard so be sure to wear a sweatshirt and jacket. Only saw one other person on the entire trail! Will come back when it's warmer to try it.

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). My 5th and easiest to date. Is there a 14ner that isn’t worth the work? Mt. DIFFICULT 11.5 mi. Mount Evans 5. Trail hard to see but I was grateful for all the rock cairns set up to lead the way. Stopped at summit lake and echo lake on the way down before grabbing coffee in Georgetown. I don’t think it’s fair to make fun of people if they don’t want to do the actual hike. 28. 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. Mount Evans is the highest peak in the Front Range Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I rated this trail as 2 stars because the trail isn’t marked very well during the sawtooth and Evans (especially the decent). Rosalie Peak: 4,280 verticle feet, 10 miles (round trip) all in a time crunch. Crazy times. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There were a couple other areas that seemed a little dicey, more so that anything I saw on the other mountains. The trail is primarily used for bird watching and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. From Evergreen head west on 103 towards Mount Evans to mile marker 18. Note: Mount Evans Road (HWY 5) is closed for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. At the Crest House. very windy and pretty cold. 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. And given the closed road adding 2x9 miles of road walking, maybe not the most exciting hike. Was 18° when we started, but warmed up nicely. Views were great. With a range of trails, suited for every level, you can easily take your pick. Best Views Trails near Burnsville, North Carolina | AllTrails Welcoming Spring : Mount Evans Wilderness. More Mount Evans Scenic Byway [CLOSED] is a 30.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. Mt. Mtn Geek. 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. There was even a looong line of people waiting at the restroom. Trail # Trail Name: Length (Miles) Topographic Quad Maps: 604: Meridian: 3.0: Harris Park: 603: Rosalie: 12.2: Mt. Plenty of spots at trailhead at 7:30. I started clockwise (the less common way of doing it) as I wanted to go UP the steepest part, rather than down. I enjoyed this trail with my dog. Began at 6:15am, hit Evans summit by 8:50. Slipped while navigating the mud hole and dropped my phone in it, so that ended my recording. Drive paving closed from echo lake to summit. Turn right onto CO-5 S at Echo Lake. It can be hard to find the trail going up Spalding, but along the ridge to Evans there were lots of cairns to mark the way. We parked at the lake and began the hike on the East side of Mount Evans. AllTrails marks the hike as 9.6 miles. Have some compassion and perspective. AllTrails Info and Route. My camelback line froze so I was constantly trying to crunch the ice out of it. The Mt. 10. Completed it on a hour and half with trail running the whole way down. 5/11/20. 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. Evans- Summit Lake. Got lucky with low wind. AllTrails shows this hike as a loop, and it can be completed as such. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Trip around to Spalding was pretty neat ...felt more dangerous / exciting! This beautiful park is an excellent place to take your friends or family for a day of fun in the great outdoors. 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 trailhead is small and easy to miss but look for the small Forest Service road sign and a wood sign that says "Chief Mt. Spalding loop trail begins and ends at Summit Lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Mount Evans Summit Loop via Mount Evans Road. Starts and ends at Summit Lake. 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. 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. Evans before finding the trail. Oh! Clear all the way, very small patches of snow on the side of the road. During the summer, the summit is full of tourists who drive all the way to the summit. Pretty empty - a few other cars came out. We ended up taking the road down instead of the path (some passerby’s going the other direction said they found it treacherous to go up, and recommended we not descend that way). Perfect walk if you're looking for an afternoon delight. 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. Two cyclists coming down as I summited. Mount Evans via Spalding TR. The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail that ends at Abyss Lake. other side of mountain down, steep and loose rocks. I started around 7 and am glad I did because I lost the trail a number of times in the daylight. 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). It's just a much longer hike. Nothing too difficult. The trail starts off steep, dropping into a valley before running flat, … Great quick 14er. While Mount Evans neighbors Mount Bierstadt and they are both 14’ers, the Mount Evans trail is definitely less trafficked. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. It is a longer trail, but there is also a road that will take visitors to the summit of Mount Evans. Amazing view!! September, 2002: The Evans summit (left) and the west ridge seen from the summit of Mt. DIFFICULT 8.0 mi. Bierstadt and Mt. There were maybe 10 people at the summit. 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. HOWEVER, this is adding some weird way down - as far as I know this is a winter route (ski?). It made it about an 8 mile round trip, but it was worth every moment. 9. The easy part of the hike. Some switchbacks to the summit. Super pretty trail, especially with the different lakes you can view. The Mount Evans hike starts at Summit Lake, which is the highest lake in Colorado at 3912m above sea level. Derek. It was absolutely beautiful at the top! Part of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, it’s easily accessible from Denver via the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

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Mount Evans is a popular day trip from Denver, … Make sure to take a water bottle as my CamelBak line froze so I had no water the whole way, and have a face shield and gloves for wind. The ridge looked icy and treacherous so myself, a beginner hiker, and another hiker who looked more experienced didn't attempt it. 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.

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