Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Date Posted:  07/16/2006
Date Climbed:   07/16/2006
Author:  mspalding
 Summit Lake to Spalding to Evans NE  

A beautiful day in sunny Colorado and a fun 14er type hike - life is great.

We found that, driving from Denver, it was about a half hour faster (1hr drive time) to get to Summit Lake via Bergen Park rather than catching 103 out of Idaho Springs.

The route is well marked. Just walk north past the restrooms at the lake and you'll see the trail to your left. The trail up Spalding shoulder is a bit steep, but the whole trip is easier than any 14er you'll do.

Some reports have mentioned scary ridge walks. With 3 kids, the youngest at age 11, we didn't find anything to worry us. This photo shows the trail when you get up on the "ridge".
It would only be scary if you don't follow the well placed cairns and walk to the edge.

To add West Evans (14,256), you'll need to walk about 150' to the edge when you are below it. You're below it when you can first see the Mt. Evans peak and the last curve of the road.

To descend via the North East route (highly recommended), go to the left side of the Peak Finder monument at the edge of the parking lot. The route is talus/scree but the trail is well marked. It's quite steep so you may wanted to lengthen your poles. And yes, poles are highly recommended. Here's a shot from below:

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 Comments or Questions
07/15/2014 14:53
Helpful, thank you!

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