Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Post Date:  08/03/2008
Modified:  10/24/2008
Date Climbed:   08/02/2008
Posted By:  downhillbri


 Fourth in 3 weeks  

After finishing Sherman two weekends ago and Gray's and Torrey's last week, we decided to push for one more: Mt. Evans.

Since it was close in to Denver and the weather
forecast was OK, we decided to sleep in a bit so our hike didn't start until 9:08. Met a marmot on the road up who obliged us by "posing".
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The Summit Lake parking lot was just about filled but we managed to find the last apparent spot. However, the trail was not crowded.
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The hike up Mt. Spalding was fairly simple but the trail was hard to find over some rocky sections at times. The views down toward the lakes were beautiful.
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Great additional views toward our previous weeks conquests, Gray's & Torrey's. Looking at Bierstadt (a last year hike), we could see the "conga line" near the summit. A few braved the sawtooth and joined us on the trail to Evans on the saddleback between Spalding, the sawtooth and Evans.
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The trail was a little more "coarse" than we expected and clamoring over some larger rocks presented problems for my shorter-legged wife...but she managed with a few strategic boosts along the way.
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A three big horns welcoming committee was near the top.
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It is strange finally coming to a parking lot atop a 14er but of course we knew what to expect...crowds.
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We, however, have the satisfaction of "earning" our elevation! Arrived at 12:16. Hmmmm! 3 hours & 10 minutes for a 2.5 mile trek??? Either we're very slow or the mileage is off.
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A brief stop at the top for the obligatory picture in a very light snow (yup-snow) and the 14er log sign-in, then down to the summit "ruins" building for the PB & J lunch. A ranger was giving a lecture on the various mountain animals...kinda cool to have lunchtime entertainment (other than just the views as on the other peaks).

With clouds gathering and thunder rolling in from two sides, we decided to take the Northeast face trail back to the Summit Lake lot. The route is direct but loaded with loose materials so it was "watch your step" all the way down.
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Of course, the walk along the road only presented perils from motorists! A little over 1 hour to reach the car.
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