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Mount Evans in March ... usually feasible?

Postby surgent » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:41 pm

I will be in Denver in mid-late March for a conference. My free time will be limited, so all-day hikes are out of the question. However, if the road is open, I might drive it to some point and make a short hike to the top. Is this feasible (usually) in March, or is March still too early, e.g. snow/closures? I am assuming this is probably not going to work for me, but maybe some of you have had good luck with this peak in late winter/early spring. Any advice is useful!

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Mount Evans in March ... usually feasible?

Postby SarahThompson » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:48 pm

The road will not be open in March. Its 14 miles one-way from the winter closure. Cutting the switchbacks reduces that considerably but its still a long day and probably requires snowshoes.

If you want something high that takes just a couple of hours, check out Mt. Sniktau (13er) from Loveland Pass.
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Re: Mount Evans in March ... usually feasible?

Postby Layne Bracy » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:10 pm

If doing a P2K interests you, consider Twin Sisters near Longs Peak.

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Re: Mount Evans in March ... usually feasible?

Postby surgent » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:08 pm

Thanks to both suggestions. The Sniktau hike looks logistically simple in that I can drive up fast, hike it in a couple hours, and get back to my meetings. I'll look into the Twin Sisters too.

The sad reality is that I probably won't get to anything, due to a packed schedule. But I'm lining up ideas just in case.
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