Do I still get to sign the summit register if I parked at the summit and walked for 10 minutes? What if I then did the sawtooth ridge to Bierstadt, then back up to Evans summit? Does that count? What's more pathetic, to walk up a road, while others drive, when you could be spending your time and energy on a more remote and satifsfying peak? I don't know.
We went to do the "Snave" route but the snow had melted out significantly and we had to improvise. This was the only route left from Summit Lake that wasn't a scree scramble. The rock sections were great as well.
Awsome ridge climb, do both Bierstats south and the Sawtooth ridge in one day.
check Roach's book on 14ers for details
some great 3rd & 4th class climbing on a longer day, about 8-9 hours.
Started at Summit Lake and climbed the ridge to Mt. Spalding and then followed the ridge south to the Summit of Evans. Total distance one way was about 2 miles. I hitched a ride down with some people in order to spare my knees. For a 14,000 footer, I would have to rate this climb as easy.
This was my girlfriend's first fourteener, so I thought it would be a short (3.5 miles), easy one to start her out with. Not! We climbed over Mt. Spaulding from Summit Lake and joined up with the trail coming from over the Sawtooth. This took us around Evan's West side. Pretty interesting route for a first timer! We slid and stomped directly down the Northeast face back to the road. She was a real trooper through it all.
This was my second time up Evans, albeit it felt like a bit of a cop-out walking up the road! My partner and I were still green and didn't feel like doing a talus climb up the summit face from the lake, so we took the LONG stroll up the road. People driving up looked at us like we were from another planet. The summit was encased in clouds and we managed to get a ride back down to the lake from some folks before the rain started hard.
This was my first experience with a 14er. I don't really consider it my first bagged peak, as the route was so short and fairly easy, albeit there was still a good deal of snow around. Met a lady from Bosnia at the lake and we spontaneously decided to make the climb, with the NW face being the obvious way up from our viewpoint at that time. Found out later that the NE face is the preferred way up from the lake! We got a lift back down to the lake from the summit.
The sawtooth ridge was alot of fun. Did not see a single mountain goat.
I have climbed Evans from Bierstadt via the Sawtooth Ridge and have biked up the road twice!
Wonderful hike, although go back over Bierstadt on the way back to Guanella, as you can get lost easily if you try to make your own trail back to Guanella.