Posted On: 2017-02-21, By: bedevere
Info: Ascended Evans on Feb 17th and came down Feb 19th. Road to 1.5 mile wide, hard packed snow. Then I cut thru the forest.... 2 feet deep, with the middle 8 inches or so being very dense. Goliath - lots of bare rock, very little ice. Very hard snowpack on lee side. 5-mile, patchy snow. Roger, only patchy snow, some snowpack on lee side. Warren, mostly rocky with patches of snow. Summit Lake road - pavement exposed; only patchy snow in Bear Creek drainage. North slopes of Evans have snowy paths AND mostly rocky paths... choose your route. The snowy areas are up to a few feet deep, but quite hard packed, with only maybe 5% postholing occasionally. Summit wind-scoured and mostly rocks with snow packed down in between. WEATHER on 17th down below was balmy and nice (40s, no wind.) Up top at 11pm arrival it was cold (5F? with 40mph wind). 18th weather was sometimes calm, sometimes windy at summit. 19th early winds reached 50-60... but then subsided to 20-30 with snow falling. Snowed on descent till 6-mile on the road, then weather rapidly improved, and it was fair at Echo with temps around 30F.
|2017-02-15||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2017-02-15, By: Furthermore
Info: I only had to use snowshoes for about a mile from the road. With that in mind, the snowshoeing was easy with very little trail breaking as there is a hard, wind packed surface. The upper ridge is fairly dry with some areas of patchy snow on the south side of the ridge. The summer trail is fairly easy to follow. Pretty ideal conditions!
Posted On: 2017-02-12, By: emgordon
Info: Hiked from Echo Lake to mile marker 8. Road is snow packed below treeline, mostly clear above with occasional ice or wind loading. Our goal was summit lake but the dog got tired so we climbed Goliath as a consolation. Traction or flotation unnecessary, also I recommend the shortcut between miles 2 and 3.
|2017-02-11||Route: Via Sawtooth
Posted On: 2017-02-12, By: JtheChemE
Info: Bierstadt windscoured and very dry. Sawtooth dry ridge proper. The "Crux" (@ notch) is currently snow (1/2" sun crust over sugar over a supportive base) which went as a face in steep snow traverse. W. Ridge to Evans holding no meaningful snow, descent gully to Gomer drainage not holding much snow, no avy danger. Willows supportive on the way out.
|2017-02-04||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2017-02-04, By: Conor
Info: Still windblown up top, from about 12,500' snow really starts to get patchy. With fresh snow flying, some was soft, some was firm enough to walk on, some would throw you a post hole for good measure. My phone died on the way down, but it was absolutely a beautiful afternoon down in the drainage.
|2017-01-22||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2017-01-22, By: jbfvansant
Info: Attempted to summit from the West Ridge, made a fresh trail from the winter closure all the way to the bottom of the gully. From there, spikes and axe pretty much required... snow was either deep drifts, or hard, windblown packed snow. Unable to safely cross the ridge crest due to high winds and turned around. Had to descend the watershed below Spalding (north of the trail) as the gully was impossible to downclimb.
|2016-12-18||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2016-12-19, By: bmcqueen
Info: We put in a nice trench today on Evans from Guanella Pass winter closure. Flotation definitely needed across the willows and up the first third of the gully. After that, we just booted up the snowy rocks to the summit. Summit ridge is mostly wind blown. We carried crampons and spikes,but never put either on.
|2016-11-11||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2016-11-12, By: MichaelF28
Info: Trail was relatively snow free until around 13,000 ft. There was some light snow pack in the shadowed parts of the swamp area, but nothing to worry about. I did the whole route without any types of traction outside of my boots. light snow coverage spots above 13,000 ft, the deepest being about 1 foot anywhere.
|2016-10-14||Route: West Ridge via Chicago Creek
Posted On: 2016-10-14, By: bmcqueen
Info: Just a bit of snow here and there. Nothing where I ever even considered pulling my spikes out of my pack. Cold in the wind though!
|2016-10-01||Route: Northeast Face
Posted On: 2016-10-04, By: heathcliff
Info: Peak and Northeast Face were chilly, but no snow except for a few flakes that fell during the climb. Road is closed at Summit Lake. I highly suggest trekking poles for the steepness of the face's latter part. (ps I've done 11 14er's now, and this drive to the parking lot was the scariest part. )
|2016-10-01||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Posted On: 2016-10-01, By: adamfromal
Info: Started at 5am, so it was a little chilly on the ascent. Still no snow on the route, but there is enough frost on the ridge sections to make some of the footing a bit tricky.
|2016-09-27||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2016-09-27, By: Maverick6981
Info: Beautiful day, we started a little after 5 am and had trouble finding the gully in the pitch black. Morning was cold but as soon as the sun came up, it felt like a warm spring day. Peak had no snow and barely any wind. The area through the willows was semi-frozen in the morning and bearable on the descent. Couldn't have asked for better conditions for this hike.
|2016-09-26||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2016-09-27, By: majiqman
Info: 25 degrees at 7:00 a.m. so the hike through the willows was not muddy yet, just crunchy and icy. On the way back, the willows were muddy in a few places, but relatively dry for the most part. No snow or ice up through the gully, or the rest of the climb. Evans summit was dry.
|2016-09-22||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Posted On: 2016-09-23, By: MonGoose
Info: Hiked Mt Evans from Summit Lake via Mt Spalding and descended the Northeast Face. Both routes are free of snow although the forecast this weekend may change that. The Mt Evans road is open to Summit Lake (12,830') but not the summit. The restrooms on the summit are closed and boarded up.
|2016-08-29||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Posted On: 2016-08-29, By: Lametown
Info: We started at 5:50am from Summit Lake going up to Evans on the West Ridge via Mt. Spaulding and finished by descending the Northeast Face from the summit parking lot. A snowstorm pummeled us for the first hour, and much of the trail is muddy or covered in hard-packed snow (between 1 and 8 inches). I was taking my girlfriend and her room mate, neither of whom had climbed a 14er before. No one in our party needed traction, but I might recommend microspikes or poles for the descent. We all took a few tumbles but it was better than descending on dry scree. The ascent up is fine but snow-covered. Route-finding is not too tough, just look for the cairns.
|2016-07-16||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Posted On: 2016-07-16, By: graberz
Info: Left summit lake 6:00am up west ridge via Mt. Spalding summitted Evans by 8:30 am with a dog and another member for both of their first 14er. Went down the Northeast face and made it to the parking lot in a little under an hour. A lot of sliding around the first half of the descent. Traffic was obviously ridiculous late morning. A lot of parking tickets issued so make sure you get that situation figured out. Not a bad little hike.
|2016-07-05||Route: West Ridge via Chicago Creek
Posted On: 2016-07-05, By: lrosenmayer6
Info: Started at 6am from Echo Lake. Currently lots of mud and puddles from Chicago Creek to tree line. Otherwise summer conditions. Only saw one other person from Echo Lake to Summit Lake, then about 15 more hikers between Summit Lake and the Summit.
|2016-07-04||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2016-07-05, By: sky_high
Info: Everything is in summer conditions at this point. For those interested in the Bierstadt-Evans route the Sawtooth is also clear and ready for traffic (see pictures). Comfortably cool in the morning; I started just after sunrise with shorts and a light jacket and was chilly for the first five minutes but comfortable the rest of the morning. Keep an eye on the clouds, the usual thunderstorms are rolling in in the afternoons and we saw the first dark grey thunderhead forming before 10. Other than that, excellent day and beautiful climb.
|2016-07-04||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Posted On: 2016-07-05, By: Anorvell
Info: Route is all clear. Was a beautiful day- started around 7:30 and was back around 10:45. The trail is fairly well marked, but follow the cairns. If you park about a 1/4 mile before the summit lake parking/ the TH, this is a no fee area.
|2016-06-19||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Posted On: 2016-06-19, By: Drewskison
Info: We started around 4:30am. Very windy conditions today. As you are approaching the summit there is an ice sheet at a 40 degree angle with poor footing and nothing for grip. We went slow across it on the way up because of the trail tracks. Not worth it! If you scale higher to the ridge you can avoid it which we did on the way back. Reached the summit at 7:00am due to stopped to watch the sunrise. We could have done it in 2 hours without stopping. Enjoyed the summit to ourselves which was amazing and not expected. 30-40 minutes at the summit and we were back to the car by 10am! Great trip!