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 Peak:  Mt. Evans (14er)
 Route:  West Ridge from Guanella Pass
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  nkan02
 Date of Information:  03/19/2014
 Date Posted:  03/20/2014

Took a day off to hike Mt. Evans with good weather & wind forecast. The road is well packed down from snowshoe/ski/snowmobile traffic. Took an early turn from the road and cut into the basin. The snow is firm enough and skis provided plenty of floatation. Skinned directly to Scott Gomer drainage and up towards Gray Wolf. Stashed skis at 12.5k and hiked to the summit and back in ski boots - not very comfortable but manageable. Fairly long day but skiing down from 12.5k made it a bit shorter. I would recommend bringing skis for this approach. Saw a big herd of sheep.

Pic 1 - skinning atop the willows. SquareTop in the background
Pic 2 - gaining the ridge
Pic 3 - Sawtooth is looking snowy
Pic 4 - area near the summit (almost dry)

Photos (click for slideshow):
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