Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Date Posted:  08/28/2010
Date Climbed:   08/28/2010
Author:  ypsetihw
 Evans from Summit Lake via Northeast Face  

My first solo summit, albeit a short, one-way trip.

Headed up late and hit the Summit Lake parking lot at just before 12 noon. The Evans park was PACKED with people (typical for a Saturday), but I was able to find some parking in the Summit Lake lot after a few minutes. Once on the trail however, the Northeast Face route provided ample solitude (I only passed two other small groups) and lots of Pika.

The quick walk up the road to the trailhead is easy. The trailhead is currently marked by a cairn in the drainage and was easy to spot.

I have to say that the route description does not do this trail justice. The only thing easy about this hike is the length. The trail (which is essentially dry drainage) is extremely rough, particularly once you reach the upper half of the ascent in the boulder fields near the summit where it turns to loose dirt and gravel. Make no mistake, this steep trail rises over 1300' in 3/4 mile, and it goes straight up the slope with essentially no major switchbacks.

As I reached the summit, the weather was turning rapidly. My barometer was falling fast and there were visible thunderheads pouring rain just a few miles to the west, and they were coming in quick.

I reached the summit of Evans, including the tourist trail at the summit, in 1:04hrs and spent some time at the summit before signing the log and hitchhiking back down to the parking lot (due to weather concerns). While this is a short hike, it will separate the boys from the billy goats.

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 Comments or Questions

The Summit Ridge trail is much nicer
08/28/2010 23:36
I climbed Evans last week via the Chicago Lakes trail and up and over Spaulding before summiting Evans from the summit ridge. I came down the Northeast Face for ”something different.” Big mistake as I did not enjoy that side at all. The loose dirt and gravel is a lot worse climbing down.
If you do Evans again, try the Spaulding route. It was beautiful, lots of mountain goats, and we (my dog and I) had it all to ourselves.

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