Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Date Posted:  09/21/2006
Date Climbed:   09/16/2006
Author:  mringkeith

 Evans- "Northeast Face from Summit Lake"  

Climbed Evans from the Northeast Face starting at Summit Lake. The drive up there was an experience. Beautiful vistas all the way long. The changing colors of the aspens make it more soothing to the eyes! From Idaho Springs, it took about 45 minutes to reach Summit Lake (the 2nd highest parking space on the mountain) via the Mount Evans Highway. A small permit of $5 has gotta be paid at a checkpoint.
We parked the car & started right away as we were relatively late (1030am). It seemed like a short journey to the summit from below but it took us forever getting up there. We had many breaks in between & we were thrown off balance a couple of times by strong blizzards!! By the time we reached Evans‘ summit car park the winds were severe! I could actually fly a few feet horizontally if i jumped up in the air!
I decided to go for the true summit (a 60ft pile of rocks) although most people decided to retreat then. I made my way up those pile of rocks to the summit( be very careful at the summit as it is the last slab of rock at the very edge of a cliff!) & took some pictures before getting down imediately. i took a break at the summit hut for a while to wait for a weather break but it didn‘t come. My fingers started getting numb & if i were to wait longer it would be a frostbite. Moreover the winds were growing instead of reciding. I decided to rush down the mountain imediately. I was down at the parking lot in 45 minutes.

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