|Peak:||Mt. Evans (14er)|
|Route:||West Ridge via Chicago Creek|
|Date of Information:||11/08/2013|
Trail is covered in icy snow off and on from the trailhead to just below (lower) Chicago Lake. Yak or other light traction device might be desired by some, but can be done in tennis shoes if needed (I would avoid rubbers which get hard and slippery when cold).
From about 11k‘ just below Lower Chicago Lake, there are sheets of ice on the trail, crampons are pretty much required, especially if you are descending. Above Chicago Lakes to Summit Lake, rocks and dirt dominate with much snow as well. I wished I had put on my gaiters for this section (it‘s that deep sometimes), but not difficult or dangerous - and crampons were not required up at elevation.
We did not go above Summit Lake on this route due to the high wind.
Side note - the road from the summit is basically clear - you could carry your bike up there and ride it down the road.
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