Just spent a great morning up high on Evans and Spalding. Climbed the easternmost couloir on Evans' north face under cloudless skies. The snow was over-ripe (read postholing up to my thighs) down low in the lower-angled stuff, but pretty good up high. Had a great view from the top, then wandered over to Spalding and down its ridge back to the truck. Of course, by this time, it was snowing and clouds filled the horizon and necessitated a 15mph retreat down the mountain.
This was a fun hike, although it was very crowded on top. It was also very warm on top and the view was great!
The culmination of a wonderful loop starting at the first switchback on Evans' SE slopes on the Mt Evans Highway. Straight down into Abyss Lake's valley, up Bierstadt's lofty SE ridge, over Bierstadt, across the Sawtooth, and over Evans back to the car. An intense introduction to Class 3!
Drove up to Summit Lake this morning and climbed the North Face, starting with the "Crystal" route on hard snow, and then bailed near the top to traverse east across the face to the start of the Snave Couloir, and finished the ascent with the Snave. A nice fun 4th class pitch for the finish, good weather. A fun 2 hr. climb from Summit Lake.
The traverse from Bierstadt was a lot of fun - definitely liked the Sawtooth a lot. Some airy views, but nothing too demanding. Storms brewing early in the day forced me down into Scott Gomer Creek drainage and I got to have some willow-bashing fun afterall!
great hike it was a little windy at the top this is my second 14er in three months first one for my dog piper
Took my two little girls on this little outing. Would do it again, except they are teenagers now and mountain climbing isn't cool any more. Nice day in the mountains.
Beautiful spring day, decent spring snow. The long day became even longer as my crap snowshoe decided to pop off with everyother plunge step. 7:30 to 5:30 trip = tired Ryan
The Sawtooth Ridge is a must climb!! With the right route finding and some effort you can stay on the ridge and enjoy the awesome views on both sides!!
We wanted to try out some more third-class after a favorable experience on Longs during the summer. The Sawtooth Ridge is a great introduction to alpine scrambling. The exposure is considerable in places, especially to the uninitiated, but we were already getting comfortable with exposure to some extent. Once across the ridge, we thought we were home free, but Evans' west ridge goes on interminably. We encountered flurries on Evans' summit before we started heading back to Guanella. We used the gully that descends west from the saddle between Spalding and Evans (I've seen this gully given a name before, but I can't recall it right now) to reach the Scott Gomer Creek headwaters. We had a miserable time in the willows (no boardwalks here!), but we made it back to the car without incident.
A big mountain with a road to the top. Although the Mount Evans highway mars the wilderness characteristics of the mountain it does allow some neat little adventures.
Okay, I'm really lame.
I drove the road with my family some time ago.
I plan to ascend by either sawtooth, guanella pass, or perhaps
the Snave or similar north face routes sometime soon...
This was the second 14'er and I was 5. Climbed with my dad and brother, and made it to the top without help. It was the begining of a lifetime love of the mountians.
Nice long hike, lots of people on top.
Makes a great combination when done with Bierstadt.
Getting ready for Long's Peak hike. Nice hike not long.
Drove up to the top of Evans the day before for a few hours of hiking and acclimitizing. It snowed and the drive down was hell.
I was too young to notice the altitude, now it kills me. Got sunburned.
Mt. Evans is not a place for solitude due to the road up to the top, and the presence of all the car tourists is certainly a different experience then other 14ers. That said, I had a fun day starting out from Echo Lake and following the Chicago Lakes route to Summit Lake, then taking the Northeast face to the top. On the way down to the parking lot on top I passed a car tourist in shorts jogging brisky up the trail. I turned around a few seconds later and he was doubled over and dry heaving. After a few heaves he got his composure back and began to walk gingerly towards the summit. Never a dull moment on Mt. Evans...
My first fourteener.
A long boring stroll to the most disappointing and crowded summit in Colorado...though I'm sure skiing its couliors in early spring would be better.