Gorgeous views and good mix of different types of terrain! Hiked on sunday 10/6. Pretty disappointing. If you arrive prior to 8am, this is the only fee you'll pay. This map can only be accessed by registered, 14ers.com users. Evans SWA is closed from January 1 through June 14. Photos of Mount Evans Wilderness - 80. Didn't actually get to hike this trail. Trip Advisor rates Mount Evans #2 of 146 Denver Attractions.” (Couture Colorado) “The road to the top of the 14,260-foot (4,346 km) peak of Mount Evans is the highest paved road in North America and is maintained and operated by Denver City Parks Department. Evans. Turn right onto CO-5 S at Echo Lake. The road is out to the parking lot at the very to, at the man made view site. I recommend starting the trail at the trailhead at the parking lot. Helms Lake via Abyss Lake Trail 602. 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. The trail should still be available via Chicago Lakes Trail however! 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. © 2019 AllTrails, Inc. Privacy Policy; Terms of Service; Proud member Great quick 14er. Hopefully it's not closed for the season! The scramble was awesome found my own path but had to climb a 100ft crevasse to get back to the normal trail!! Welcoming Spring : Mount Evans Wilderness. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Stay on the trail to avoid trampling the vegetation. Says that road to it is out but you can still do the hike and get to the first parking lot. View from summit spectacular, and weather as clear and could be. Expect to encounter many other hikers on summer weekends. Pennsylvania Mtn. Starts and ends at Summit Lake. partial dusting of snow. Mount Evans Summit Loop via Mount Evans Road. Other peaks in the massif are: Mount Spalding (13,842 ft or 4,219 m), 1.1 mi (1.8 km) northwest Note: The road to the trailhead is closed after Labor Day. 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. Got lucky with low wind. In the process you will also traverse The Sawtooth that separates these two mountains. other side of mountain down, steep and loose rocks. Hikers must take Guanella Pass Road to reach this trailhead. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. A fee of $5 in cash or check is charged for day use to park at Summit Lake. There are 21 hard trails in Mount Evans Wilderness ranging from 3.7 to 28.6 km and from 2,714 to 4,345 meters above sea level. That put my high point at around 11,264 feet. Add Your Photos. Please note that this road closes 1.5 miles (one-way) short of this trailhead in the winter. Other times you will pay an additional $10 to enter the park. A nice forested walk with a few large aspen groves in the Mount Evans Wilderness. Starts and ends at Summit Lake. We hiked this counter clockwise and almost turned around as we came off the ridge between Spalding and Evans due to the wind. I highly recommend starting the trail earlier for a beautiful view of the sunrise. Drive paving closed from echo lake to summit. The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of almost 17 miles makes this a strenuous day hike. Nothing too difficult. 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. 5 miles round trip. Taken near Summit Lake on the Mt. 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. Highway 5 is a popular road to the top of the mountain, which rates as the highest paved road in the United States. The trail is still open, but you must factor in the extra distance along the road. DIFFICULT 8.0 mi. Just stay right on all the rock edges until the summit is readily apparent. Call 303.291.7227 or visit CPW - Mount Evans SWA for access, closure, permit and use information. The road is in bad repair.. full of deep crater pot holes and very very hilly.. BEWARE bikers there are NO GUARD RAILS to your left going up and your Right when you descend. The trail is primarily used for bird watching and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. If you arrive prior to 8am, this is the only fee you'll pay. very windy and pretty cold. Plenty of spots at trailhead at 7:30. Bierstadt and Mt. Mount Evans National Recreation Trail is located halfway between Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County, halfway to Evergreen. During the summer, the summit is full of tourists who drive all the way to the summit. Mt Evans - 5.8 Miles Round-Trip Mt Evans (14,264') is the 14th highest peak in Colorado, and closest fourteener to the Denver metro area. Mount Evans Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount Evans is: Mostly dryTemperatures will be well below freezing (max -8°C on Mon afternoon, min -18°C on Sat morning)Winds decreasing (near gales from the WNW on Sat afternoon, light winds from the W by Mon night). The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Mount Tlaloc Aztec Ceremonial Site. Note: Mount Evans Road (HWY 5) is closed for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. Took 5 hours round trip, but we got off trail and had to do some slightly scary rock scaling. There are Fees required to enter the Mount Evans Recreational Area. Evans. The trailhead is just past or right before the campground as is the TH for Abyss lake. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD746971 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. My camelback line froze so I was constantly trying to crunch the ice out of it. Rosalie to Epaulet. Mount Bierstadt is located 1.4 miles west by south of Mount Evans. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD746971, #9 - Mount Bierstadt, The Sawtooth, and Mount Evans Loop. The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail that ends at Abyss Lake. According to AllTrails today’s hike was around 9.13 miles and had a total elevation gain of about 2333 feet including undulations. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. May, 2002: Evans' north face seen from Summit Lake. 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. Theres not many that come any easier than this one. The trail follows an old logging road about 4 miles to an intersection with the Rosalie trail. Mount Evans West Ridge via Chicago Creek. We went up to summit lake and then hiked evans. Why you should go: Explore pristine alpine lakes and ascend one of the most prominent 14’er peaks in Colorado. 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