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BeginnerClimberBad Times via Guanella Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007


Took 2 of my kids and 2 of my friends' kids (16, 14, 13, and 11) up Mt Evans through Guanella Pass on a morning after a long hard rain (and snow higher up). The willows were HORRIBLE and the trail was sooooo BOGGY and MUDDY until we got around the hill, and even then we had to worry about the occasional bog in the middle of a dry path.

Anyway, it was a great day because the kids made a great team. The wind was horrible at higher altitudes, but most of the kids were well dressed (albeit a little wet after the bogs). The 14 year old twisted her ankle during the way up, so it made for a VEEEEERRRY long day. We started at 7AM but didn't make the truck until 8:15PM amidst flashlights and trailfinding.

For 2 of the kids, it was their 1st 14er (heck of a 1st one, huh?), for another kid it was his 2nd, another one her 4th, and this was my 14th. Gonna try to hit a few more before the snow sets in.

Truly, I'd volunteer to be part of a team that created a TRUE path through the bogs. Anyone up for it? Let me know!
Posted Sep 16, 2007 1:12 pm

HylianHero#10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2001


We climbed from Summit Lake, all the way around the ridge to the summit. Met a few people on the way, but mostly sparse. Got sick on the summit, but made it down. I plan to go back and climb it from the Guanella Pass Trailhead.
Posted Sep 16, 2007 1:51 am

GeorgeJamesB-Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


Over from Bierstadt via the really fun Sawtooth Ridge. Did not arrive til the afternoon, and the post labor-day road closure made for far fewer people on top, only about 6 or 7 while I was up there. Was lucky to not get rained on during the trip back to Guanella Pass. A great birthday hike!
Posted Sep 11, 2007 1:54 am

rkymtnVia Sawtooth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


Climbed with Haliku via the Sawtooth Ridge after coming off Bierstadt. The ridge was a blast! Tagged the summit and headed over to Spalding.
Posted Sep 9, 2007 10:45 am

HalikuFrom the Sawtooth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


Climbed with rkymtn as part of our goal to do the Sawtooth ridge linking Bierstadt and Evans. Lots of people on the summit and route from the Summit Lake TH.
Posted Sep 9, 2007 9:36 am

dr_gonzevans  Sucess!


the sawtooth was fun. kind of crazy to come around those rocks and see cars at the summit. but thats life.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 4:07 pm

Bark EaterHigh altitude prep. for Pikes Peak Marathon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1997

Bark Eater

Drove up and enjoyed several hours hiking around the summit, photographing goats and marmots, in preparation for the 1997 Pikes Peak Marathon.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 12:42 pm

slowpokevia Sawtooth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007


Started on Evans road at the Epaulet saddle and descended the gully to the Lake Fork valley. Ascended Bierstadt from just above Abyss Lake. Took the Sawtooth over to Evans and back down the road to the car.
Posted Sep 2, 2007 8:45 pm

shannarae2kBeautiful day, Ugly Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007


Completed the well marked Mt. Evans Loop. So we hit Mt. Spaulding AND Evans! This was 14er #10 fr me. WOO HOO! The West Ridge of Evans is full of fun climbing! But alas, the summit was SO packed! I have never been on a summit with so many people! Nor have I ever smelled exhaust at 14,000 feet...
Posted Aug 27, 2007 9:36 am

AspenRoute Climbed: Sawtooth from Bierstadt
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 1999


This is not the 1st time I climbed Mt. Evans but it's the first time I did it via the Sawtooth Ridge. 3 friends came with me; we parked at Bierstadt.

We had offers from tourists to take us back to our parking as a storm approach but we didn't care to. Instead, we went back the same way and got hit by rain and hail. I slipped 40 feet down a path but managed to find an unused trail. My friends knew I was ok when they heard my coded whistle (always carry a whistle with you). We made it back to the car with bit of hypothermia and discovered that I had a flat in the rear passenger tire. Hahaha!! What a SUPER Great Day!

The next weekend we found ourselves exploring the Maroon Bells.
Posted Aug 23, 2007 10:29 pm

Brandon FullerMt. Evans Ascent Road Race  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2006

Brandon Fuller

Instead of the usual boring climb, I ran a race to the top!
Posted Aug 20, 2007 12:39 am

ouray19Mt. Evans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006


Purposefully did this mountain on a Monday. Only ran into 2 other people on the trail, of course the summit was another story since you can drive there. Kind of weird seeing a parking lot and people in street clothes. I actually felt kind of "out-of-place" and grubby for the first time on a 14'er!!
Posted Aug 18, 2007 9:20 pm

K_G_WrightLovely!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 1989


Just signing the log. Growing up in Evergreen, this was my backyard playground. I've climbed this one many times, using nearly all the routes, from every direction, in every season, and all conditions. If you don't want to do the overcrowded summer westerly/"Tooth" routes, a long fun route to try is from "Camp Rock", west of upper Bear Creek in Evergreen, to Bear Track Lakes and then a line up to the upper south faces of Evans. The couloir out of Chicago Creek Basin is fun 4th class stuff too. Just before the road opens, or just after it closes, the road up from Echo Lake is an awesome mountain bike trip. In winter, the road up is an outstanding cross country ski route. Good times!!!
Posted Aug 15, 2007 2:28 pm

vanny37Willows!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Climbed via the Sawtooth and West Ridge. Staying on top of the ridge is much more fun than the trail on the south side of the ridge. The willows on the descent lived up to their reputation.
Posted Aug 11, 2007 11:40 pm

AirborneBuffStarted at the Top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2007


started at the top, climbed down the Sawtooth/West Ridge route, turned around and climbed back up to the top
Posted Aug 9, 2007 12:51 pm

davebobk47via Sawtooth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007


I really don't like willows but a great climb overall. Saw about a dozen mountain goats.
Posted Aug 6, 2007 10:42 pm

seanpeckhamDoes driving count?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2001


I was passing through, and in the company of a non-hiker, so drove up. Nice place, though crowded. But I saw a lot of mountain goats close up.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 2:58 pm

I like it on topLong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2003

I like it on top

Started from Guanella pass, made a couple of wrong turns, but finally found the summit. Lots of tourists. My cousins first 14'er.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 2:16 pm

LonePeakFreakToo bad about the road...
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007


Drove it on a rest day between Elbert and Massive. Spectacular scenery! Hiked around Summit Lake and took some pictures. Definitely worth coming back to do the right way.
Posted Jul 31, 2007 12:36 pm

smiarowskiGood times  Sucess!


Good times with my big bro
Posted Jul 29, 2007 1:40 pm

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