Climbed the route with Dudethatmusthurt, the route was a little bit harder then the class 4 rating that Roach writes about. There were no clouds in the sky and not much snow in the final strech, so I didnt need the crampons I forgot. Overall a great day and a great climb.
Started up at 6:51AM, broke left off the Bierstadt trail shortly after crossing the creek, lots of willow bashing and very wet as I worked my way around the hill and over to the gully. Straight up the gully, still quite wet and somewhat loose scree. I managed to lose the trail as I headed for the wrong (false) summit by going too high. I then went lower to the right of the ridge and followed the cairns to the real summit at 10:22. Stayed about 30 mins as the clouds were starting to build, back down to the car by 1:26PM, saw only one person all day long. My 12th 14'er. Sweet!!
The Sawtooth would probably be a better and more asthetic choice traversing from Evans to Bierstadt. Going the other way leaves you on Evans loooong and boring west ridge at the end of your climb. It's a definite will sapper. Unless you're only into grabbing 14'ers "officially" by having minimum elevation gains, do this circuit from the Evans/Epaulet saddle. It keeps you off the trade routes and above treeline all day. A rope is overkill for this traverse as well. Also, for anyone contemplating a North Face climb of Evans by some route, I once watched in horror as two brats hurled rocks into the void from the summit. Wear a helmet and start EARLY.
Long, beautiful hike.
Fun slab climbing on lichen covered granite.
The North Face was a fun easy climb, the summit was nice... not a cloud in the sky. We descended the Crystal which was a mixture of steep ice, snow, and rock it was interesting
I climbed Mt. Evans with my dad for a little Father's-Day-weekend-fun. It was a great climb--a beautiful, clear sunny Colorado day and only a little snow to contend with. It felt good to be at the top knowing that we climbed it.
Great Face on the mountain just keeps rising.
Started at Guanella Pass- 3rd time I've been on the start of this trail, but the 1st time I've had to get off it & bushwack/marshstomp- crazy stuff! We fell for the first false summit attached to the Sawtooth, went clear to the left of it & summited side mountains, then saw the "dum" road leading to the top of Evans & figured out where we were! Yes- lots of extra mileage to get to the summit of Evans, & quite an adventure on the way back down (thought we'd sink in the marshes), but any hike is always a good hike when you're hiking the mountains of Colorado! I love this stuff!!! (and I just hit double digits on climbing 14ers!:-)
Pretty easy climb, nothing to it just walking up basically. Fun time with a good view.
I did not think it would be that hard. Beware of lightning. The clouds find you fast.
I was sick from the altitude right off the bat, or maybe too much beer, I did drink so much I passed out in the front of my truck. It was cold & I didn’t take enough clothes. I couldn’t eat because I was nauseous. I took a picture of Matt holding a Redwings flag on the summit of Bierstadt. The traverse to Evans was fun, it took us two hours. When getting on the Evans ridgeline stay to the right and low. Getting back was hell. I could barely move going through the reeds, it sucked. It took ten hours. I swore that would be the last time I do a peak hungover.
Solo trip. My first Class 3 route. I couloir was steep and real loose. I didn't know any better, but had a blast. Their was still snow at the top of the couloir and I got a little off route and onto some steep rock. No worries. I followed the West Ridge, summited, then descended the Northeast Face.
Accompanied by Hays and Spolek. My second ascent was via Bierstadt and the sawtooth. Awesome trip!
Good Class 2+ scrambling abounded on Evans North Ridge
Very cool hike. Came across one hiker the whole day! Big change compared to Grays / Torreys and Mt. Bierstadt. Definately fun hiking on the ridge the whole way across. Weather was perfect, wind was perfect, just a great day to be outside, and be alive!
Much fun, I'd guess much of the traverse is easier in winter with the snow cover.
Summitted w/ SP member Brandon after climbing Mount Bierstadt and the Sawtooth. Great climb, but a long day!
The willows are the most memorable thing about this climb. They are a major pain. Be sure the weather is alright since the ridge is long and hard to retreat from. Summitted later in the day so that we were able to avoid the majority of the gawking tourists. They wouldn't understand why we hike anyways.
road...need I say anything ?
Finding one's way thru the willows is what you really remember from this climb. That and the hoarde of tourists near the top that gawk at you carrying a pack (I know they're thinking: "Why didn't you just drive up and hike from the parking area?"). If I had to answer that question, they wouldn't understand the answer anyway. Alas....just make sure the weather holds out ok if you try this and have to return to the western summit...I wouldn't want to be there in a storm.