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 Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
 Post Date:  08/23/2011
 Date Climbed:   08/20/2011
 Posted By:  hikerdawg

 Easy Evans hike   

As most of you probably know, Evans is a very good hike for beginners. Which I still am but also bringing along my GF (going for 2nd) and a co-worker (going for 1st). We all just moved from Florida a month ago, so it can be done. Left Denver around 6, got to Summit Lake TH and started hike a little after 7. Route goes to right of lake and right of picture up over Spalding and then across the saddle shown here Image
Saddle between Spalding and Evans


Weather was perfect the whole day. This a very short hike but we didn't see nearly as many people as I would have thought....until the top. The only "tricky" part heading up Spalding Image
Lisa and Saveuy heading up Spalding
Image
Saveuy "getting technical" up Spalding


Shot of Grays/Torreys (my 1st and 2nd last yr) Image
Grays/Torreys


I had wanted to do the Sawtooth over to Bierstadt but my teammates were not up for the challenge today.Image
Sawtooth over to Bierstadt
Image
ants on Bierstadt


The hike gets more challenging once you cross over the saddle and start heading around and up to Evans summit Image
boulder field on slopes of Evans
Image
boulder field2 on slopes of Evans


It's pretty much all boulder field until you reach the tourist trail from the upper parking lot on North America's highest public road Image
parking lot just below summit


The trail from there is obviously easy and makes the summit a crowed and popular place. We made the summit about 10:20 Image
Lisa and I summit shot


Our group did not want to try and down-hike the way we came up, so we decided to head directly down the Northeast Face Image
heading down


This is a very direct, steep, and short route back. The rocks are very loose so be careful heading down this route. Back to TH a little after noon Image
looking out from parking lot
in Idaho Springs and Tommyknockers for beers/burgers soon after.

Overall great day of hiking. Short elevation gain and distance but good training for the next one(s).



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  • Comments or Questions (3)
dpage


Well done     2011-08-23 13:16:23
To make it a much longer day you can start @ Echo Lake and finish the same route you did once yuo reach summit lake. Mt Evans Wilderness is very beautiful through that drainage.


the1doughnut74


Beautiful route     2011-08-25 20:05:47
I did this same exact route on 8/18/11 I thought it was beautiful and just right for a casual mid week hike. Congrats on your hike and I love the shots you got along the way!

-F


colokeith


!!     2011-09-08 10:56:09
thanks for the TR. Love that last pic



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