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SarahThompsonFour times, three routes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2003


9/20/03 - Sawtooth Traverse from Mount Bierstadt (started at Guanella Pass).

1/2/11 - Windy winter ascent from Echo Lake.

2/28/11 - Another windy ascent from Echo Lake, this time with Steve Gladbach as he made history by becoming the 4th person to complete Colorado's 14ers in winter! Slipped on some ice on the road during the descent and my sunglasses cut up my face when I faceplanted... requiring 11 stitches.

3/7/15 - From the Guanella Pass north side closure with a fun group of 10 friends. Bluebird winter day, shockingly dry up high despite recent major storms.
Posted Jan 2, 2011 11:11 pm

Matt LemkeChicago Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2008

Matt Lemke

Hiked up to Summit Lake from the trailhead at Echo Lake and past the Chicago Lakes. Summited Spalding and Evans.
Also my first 14er (and second Colorado summit behind Spalding)
Posted Dec 20, 2010 2:33 am

thatnissanguyEvans Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2010


Ran a half marathon from Echo Lake to the summit of Mount Evans in 3:31. Slow, I know, but fun!
Posted Dec 18, 2010 10:05 pm

mountaingazelleMount Evans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2004


During a trip to Colorado I went to Mount Evans the day after a big storm went through the area.
Posted Dec 17, 2010 1:12 am

mirhashShe was a daytrippa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2010


Had a nice little hike with a good friend. A bit windy though
Posted Nov 4, 2010 5:55 pm

rockymountaindivaBierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010


Surprised to find that the trail through the willows is much easier to follow than 5 years ago. Good day!
Posted Oct 11, 2010 12:29 am

BLongFun scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2010


When given a half day, we headed up some ramps and a gully on the north face of Mt. Evans. There were a few fun 4th class moves at the top. Mt. Spalding was an easy bag on the hike out.
Posted Oct 3, 2010 5:08 pm

JonWBierstadt - Sawtooth - Evans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010


Great loop. Decended through the willows, which wasn't all that much fun. Luckily it wasn't too wet, but it wasn't too hard to imagine. When coming down the gully, the cars sure do look far away.
Posted Sep 26, 2010 10:48 pm

jpvtMt. Evans  Sucess!


summit lake > spaulding > evans
Posted Sep 16, 2010 12:08 am

ericnoelEvans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2010


Nice views before sunset.
Posted Sep 12, 2010 2:06 pm

catullusbiked  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2010


Biked up from Idaho Springs. Whoosh -- really took it out of me -- a lot harder than I anticipated.
Posted Aug 31, 2010 11:29 pm

KapelmuurWest Ridge from Bierstadt/Sawtooth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010


Awesome day with no threat of storms. This route has a bit of everything. Descent back to Guanella took way longer than I thought it would.
Posted Aug 15, 2010 9:27 pm

PapaBanucciHike and a bit of running  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010


From Echo Lake, Chicago Lakes, Mt. Spalding route with my oldest son. Ran most of the way up to Chicago Lakes. On the way down five emergency vehicles were driving up, with sirens on. I wonder what would have happened.
Posted Aug 15, 2010 6:48 pm

bblack99Northeast Face and Windchill in August  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2010


Did the "easy" northeast face from Summit Lake after camping at Echo Lake the night before. Fitful sleep at high altitude seemed like it was going to be a problem, but it helped a ton early on in the hike. Topped out from the steep route at about 10am, but scrapped plans to loop over West Evans and Spalding due to the gusty winds. Other than gusts and cold(!), it was a gorgeous day with great views in all directions!
Posted Aug 11, 2010 10:27 am

TJ311Acclimatization  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2010


I just did a drive up on this peak so that I could get some acclimatization for my hikes next week. A beautiful peak. And the best part.... we saw a huge herd of mountain goats along the way down.
Posted Aug 9, 2010 10:41 am

AlanaMy First Fourteener  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2010
Looped from Summit Lake to Spalding to Evans. Very foggy, but I'm glad I didn't turn back!
Posted Aug 8, 2010 4:37 pm

HostilejimOver Spalding  Sucess!


climbed from Summit Lake, over spalding to he summit.
Posted Jul 31, 2010 10:23 am

strudolyubovFrom Bierstadt via Sawtooth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2010


Traversed from Bierstadt via Sawtooth: nice solid rock, lots of exposure if you trying to stay on the ridge proper. Scrambled along Mt. Evans West Ridge over a couple of false summits before arriving on the crowded summit. Nice scrambling, good weather, stunning views!
Posted Jul 11, 2010 3:15 pm

DayHikerJrEvans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010
I hiked up the trail a bit, but nap time and high elevation made me sleepy, so Daddy carried me the rest of the way to the top.
Posted Jul 5, 2010 5:32 pm

Day HikerEvans  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010

Day Hiker

Hey, when you guys summit Mount Shasta, do you start at the Pacific coast, at sea level? Do you start closer to the mountain, at 3500 feet, in the town of Mount Shasta? Or do you DRIVE UP AS FAR AS YOU CAN, to Bunny Flat (or whatever trailhead), and start from there?

How about Mount Whitney? Do you start hiking in Lone Pine, at 3700 feet? Or do you DRIVE UP AS FAR AS YOU CAN and then start hiking from there?

How about Longs Peak? From Estes Park? From Loveland? From the Atlantic Ocean? Or how about DRIVING UP AS FAR AS YOU CAN and then start hiking from there?

So the same goes for Mount Evans.

The exercise one gets from starting at a lower point is worthwhile for sure, and obviously if you started at the lower point, your summit achievement is more of an accomplishment than that of someone who hiked from a higher trailhead. But if I'm going to get exercise from a mountain-wilderness-hiking experience, I would prefer to get it on a trail that doesn't take you to a parking lot full of cars and people who drove up. If you can drive up, I would prefer to do it that way, because it seems rather unsatisfying to hike to a place you can drive a car.

So here are my Evans summits, from the 14150-foot trailhead, of course:
13 July 1997.
03 July 2010: With DayHikerJr, who hiked up part of the way before I had to carry him. I guess unacclimatized 2-year-olds can get sleepy at 14000 feet, especially around midday nap time. We were on a cross-country trip, returning to Nevada after spending a couple of weeks below 1000 feet in Michigan.
Posted Jul 5, 2010 5:27 pm

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