Mini-avalanche on Mount Evans road

Mini-avalanche on Mount Evans road

encountered this on the drive down as it released on the Mount Evans Road sometime after we had drove past this spot on the way up. With no help in site, me and my brother spent 30 minutes of hard manual labor clearing one lane so we could pass! 6-23-2003
on Nov 8, 2007 7:09 pm
Image ID: 354753


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lcarreau - Jan 11, 2008 9:48 pm - Voted 10/10

What ?

Did the road crew ever show up? Is that
a county road or state road? No cell phone
coverage, right?


StarMan - Jan 16, 2008 12:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: What ?

It's a state-maintained road (CO 5) though it travels entirely within U.S. Forest lands. It's primary purpose is to allow people to drive nearly to the summit of Mount Evans (14,265 ft.). This scenic byway holds the distinction of being the country's highest paved road and is only open about 3 months of the year. The mini-avalanche we encountered there in the picture was at around 12,000 ft. elevation. Didn't even think to try the cell, just got out and started pushing snow to get the clearance shown! This was so early in the season and on a weekday to boot , that there we only saw 3 or 4 other cars on the entire 14-mile length. No sign of a road crew while we there.


Marcsoltan - Aug 23, 2008 10:35 pm - Voted 10/10

Mini avalanch!

I am always weary of this hapening to me when my wife and I venture out on these high roads in winter or spring. At least it wasn't a large boulder blocking the road.


StarMan - Aug 24, 2008 7:55 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Mini avalanch!

Yes, a huge boulder would not have been so easy to budge...

It certainly did give us pause to think about the outcome if our car had arrived at the exact moment of the realease! Thank you for your vote and best ragards.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Nov 8, 2008 9:02 am - Voted 10/10

Mini avalanche...

What a huge block of ice!, almost the same size of your car.


StarMan - Nov 8, 2008 9:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Mini avalanche...

Yes, once we had the lane cleared I intentionally pulled the car up to provide some scale. Thanks for your vote and best regards.


mrchad9 - May 4, 2010 8:52 pm - Voted 10/10


Not sure how you felt at the time, but I'd think a photo and experience like that might be worth the effort you had to put in to get by... Nice photo.


StarMan - May 5, 2010 9:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Impressive...

Thank you... yes it was worth the effort. I still remember the shock and exhilaration as clearly today as 7 years ago!

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