Started at the summit parking lot. Easy hike, .3 miles up, .3 miles down. Very little elevation gain, all switchbacks on a marked trail. The only difficulty was altitude. Beautiful views from the peak.
I did Evans via the sawtooth ridge. Tiring! Got caught in a small storm on the way down. The gully into the willows is steep. The meadows weren’t terrible, but their were still places where I had to walk in mud. Total distance for me hiking Bierstadt and Evans via sawtooth was 12.1 miles round trip.
Part backpacking part 14er. This was a great route and even better for a first time backpacking trip for Xavier. We hiked from Echo Lake to Upper Chicago Lake on Saturday, camped and summited on Sunday. A little hazy on Saturday from the Pine Gulch, Grizzly Creek, Cameron Peak, & Williams Fork fires. On Sunday morning however, it was like walking through a campfire from Upper Chicago Lake to Summit Lake. Great day out and Xavier seemed to enjoy the backpacking and the summit. It'd be great if Evans was closed to cars every year.
Hardest bike ever - 5 hours for 55 miles with 7K of vertical gain. So beautiful though!
5:18 Added about a half mile by accidentally going towards Spaulding for a bit. Was very boggy and wet in the meadows below the Sawtooth gully, impossible to keep the feet dry. Pretty windy at Evans but awesome conditions!
Did the entire Evans/Spaulding cirque traverse by first climbing the North Ridge of Evans. We climbed mostly on the ridge and enjoyed many class 3 sections including the east summit. Weather was bitter cold and VERY windy. Climbed with ndriley.
Did the long drive and hiked up with the fam at Sunset. Only a few people on the summit watching the sunset. Mountain Goats everywhere...at our car on the way up to the summit.
From the lake hit Mt. Spaulding on the way up. Pretty with lots of wildlife.
Summit block was a little unclear and I ended up hiking up 3 different ones to make certain I was on top.
Hiked up Bierstadt and then went to Mt. Evans via the Sawtooth Ridge. Sawtooth Ridge was terrifying. Ended up getting terrible altitude sickness and unfortunately didn't get to enjoy it as much as I would have wanted. Would definitely recommend though.
Scramble from Summit Lake
From Summit Lake.
Beautiful morning climb. We slept in our car overnight at the Echo Lake Picnic Area. We were on the trail by 4:45 a.m. We only had to use our headlamps down to the road as the sky brightened quickly. We saw only one person in the Chicago Lakes Basin. Summited Spalding then continued on to the crowded summit of Evans. It could have been a lot worse considering it is the day before the 4th. Luckily, we hitchiked down with a nice couple since we didn't feel like going all the way back down when a road connects to the top.
Traversed from Bierstadt to Evans via the Sawtooth. Great hike/climb.
West ridge from Guanella Pass
Great hike from Summit Lake. We hit Spalding and then looped up to the summit and back down to the lake. Blue skies mixed with clouds, wind, and snow. Not bad for August.
from summit lake -- could do with less crowds, but the deed was done
Climbed from Summit Lake with my dog.
07/14 w/Cory Martin
Via Sawtooth Ridge from Bierstadt
Easy hike from Sawtooth Ridge IF you can find the cairns that mark the trail. Also fun part, I had to wait in one of the bathrooms for an hour to stay warm and dry as I waited for a storm to pass.
Trail run to Mt. Evans from Summit Lake over Spalding and back down. Moved well and did it in 3.5 hours. Awesome views and fun scrambling. I might have a new favorite!