Peak:  Mt. Evans (14er)
 Route:  West Ridge from Guanella Pass
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  SurfNTurf
 Date of Information:  01/20/2014
 Date Posted:  01/21/2014

The Georgetown side of Guanella Pass, us usual, is plowed to within 1.5 miles of the summer trailhead. The road is basically one giant bootpack. From the top of the pass, the Bierstadt trail was packed down but there was no trench toward Evans. About 2-3 hours of intense trenchbusting saw us at treeline, and from there the route was mostly dry. Lots of "whoomps" and shooting cracks, be careful out there.

We stashed our snowshoes shortly before crossing Scott Gomer Creek. Crossing over the West Ridge of Spalding and onto Evans required only walking on tundra or shallow snow. Once on Evans, most of the summer trail was easy to follow.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

  • Comments or Questions

A glutton for punishment...     01/21/2014 22:41
I guess you just weren't sore enough from doing Pikes on Saturday so you did Evans on Monday? Man, I wish I had your stamina!


To be fair...     01/22/2014 15:57
I had a full day of couch-sitting, beer-drinking and football-watching in between.


What happened to Uncompaghre?!?     01/22/2014 16:31
No trench building in the San Juans?!


@jmanner     01/22/2014 18:14
My feet got pretty toasted on Pikes and I didn't think a 16+ mile route would be a good idea with pre-existing blisters.


thanks     01/23/2014 02:39
Britt and I summitted Evans today. Thanks for the trench; prevented a lot of (picture #1). We were expecting some wind from the upcoming storm, but it was a pretty nice day.

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