Mount Evans Climber's Log

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granddeity - Feb 12, 2004 4:03 am

Route Climbed: Echo Lake Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Nice long hike, lots of people on top.


bdewoody - Dec 3, 2003 6:29 pm

Route Climbed: Sawtooth Ridge Date Climbed: August, 23 2002  Sucess!

Makes a great combination when done with Bierstadt.

Erik Beeler

Erik Beeler - Nov 30, 2003 1:51 pm

Route Climbed: Summit Late Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

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.

Erik Beeler

Erik Beeler - Nov 30, 2003 1:49 pm

Route Climbed: Echo Lake Date Climbed: July 1989  Sucess!

I was too young to notice the altitude, now it kills me. Got sunburned.

Aaron Reid - Oct 22, 2003 6:54 pm

Route Climbed: Chicago Lakes Route Date Climbed: August 17, 2003  Sucess!

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...

iamn8hahs - Oct 13, 2003 8:11 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Face Date Climbed: September 1, 2003  Sucess!

My first fourteener.

Jim Clarke

Jim Clarke - Oct 2, 2003 10:24 am

Route Climbed: via Sawtooth Date Climbed: August 13 2000  Sucess!

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.


MrWasatch - Sep 26, 2003 12:11 pm

Route Climbed: Summit Lake Date Climbed: August 7, 1998  Sucess!

Easy climb from Summit Lake, enjoyable. Steep tundra slope, great views. Mountain goats everywhere!


dp - Aug 31, 2003 12:25 am

Route Climbed: summit lake Date Climbed: August 22, 2000  Sucess!

First CO 14'er, one week after moving to Colorado. Accompanied by my son, who has yet to do another 14'er with me. Next time, I'll go over the sawtooth from Bierstadt.


kcmule - Aug 25, 2003 1:36 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass via Sawtooth Date Climbed: Sun August 24, 2003  Sucess!

OK, so we got picked up in a car at the top of Mount Evans by a friend so we didn't get to descend, but summitting Bierstadt and then traversing the Sawtooth was still a pretty good challenge. Summitpost is right on about the route looking harder than it is. There were a couple challenging points just before you cross over to the other side of the ridge - but even these can be avoided if you don't mind downclimbing a bit more (you just have to make up that elevation in a trough-like couloir just before the rolling traverse to the other side). The ledges did get a little thin (2 feet in places) but I never felt uncomfortable or in any real danger. The hike to Evans from here was uneventful, but did offer some cool views of the Sawtooth from the 'other side'. Then a cloud descended upon us and robbed us of our summit view on Evans. Oh well, at least we made it! Fun trip, I'd highly recommend it for those looking for a nice taste of Class 3.


climber46 - Aug 4, 2003 9:16 pm

Route Climbed: Road & 50-foot scramble Date Climbed: July 17, 2003  Sucess!

My friend Super Kent and I drove to the summit parking lot. There was an electrical storm nearby. A ranger advised us to stay in our truck. But we scrambled the fifty feet or so to the true summit anyway(It was not mandatory, only advised to stay in vehicle). Once I neared the summit, I touched my hair and heard a "zzzzz" sound! I quickly ducked down lower. I had come too far not to touch the summit rock so I reached up and touched the top of the summit rock, and once again, I felt and heard an minor "zzzzz" sound! My friend and I quickly scrambled back down the slope amidst a couple of lightning flashes in the distance. Even though this summit was a drive-up, it was one of my most dangerous summits because of this experience.

Thunder Dan


Diggler - Jul 30, 2003 12:30 pm

Route Climbed: Summit Lake to W-NW ledges to NW Ridge Date Climbed: Summer 1997

Hiked & scrambled up to Mt. Evans' summit with my dad, from Summit Lake. Missed the start of the trail early on, so we had to improvise, & scrambled up some class 3 ledges before gaining the mellow slope leading to the summit. Along the way a mountain goat posed majestically for us (he was probably just waiting for us to piss to get his salt intake for the day). Also encountered some German engineers testing the then pre-production Audi TT in high altitude conditions, which was sort of cool (one of the few uses of that road). Of course also encountered the expected lazy flat-lander tourists on the summit who'd driven up. Another great day in the Rockies with my Pops.

Did the Snave route, starting at Echo Lake TH. Left at 7.02, summited at 11.48. While the car crowds at Summit Lake, & of course the summit, were staggering on this pre-Labor Day Sunday, I encountered very few on the way up from Echo Lake, & no-one from Summit Lake until I ran into the summit ridge. Beautiful area- the glacial cirques & nice granite are stunning! Fun route- fun scrambling leading up to the final couloir, & ~50' or so of enjoyable, albeit mungy, 4th.

9.3.'14: from Guanella Pass
Left car ~9.20. Hiked down to Guanella Pass campground (10,800'; turned back from campground sign at 9.53) to get a full 3,000' for day, then hiked up to Evans. Trail avoiding (well, at least parts, if you can keep to it) swamp goes L directly at (before) stream crossing on standard trail to Bierstadt. Summited at 14.07, hung out for a bit, enjoying views. Left summit at 14.35. Felt like dog shit pretty much the whole way down- not enough sleep the night before, blasted from the sun, & not enough hydration during the day. Still nice to be in beautiful surroundings, & on a 14er, no less. Back at truck at 17.41, then off to hang with the Larks (& meet Grace!).


kilimanjaro1 - Jul 29, 2003 7:53 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge from Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 25, 2003  Sucess!

I HATE WILLOWS! I had a bad (translation- educational) experience with the neighborhood willows on a spring/snow climb on Bierstadt 2 years before from the same trailhead. But I must admit I would rather slog through the mud and the marsh than the snow and the postholing anyday. Lest I sound bitter- my thanks to those who built the bridges from the beginning of the trailhead. You were building them on a day when I first attempted an "easy" Bierstadt- only to be blown from my feet several times before I decided to try Bierstadt "another day"

Did Evans on a nice day and decided to bag Spalding also since I was "in the neighborhood." Evans was a fun climb. Had to get the tourists out of the way for the summit photo. Having fun now!


dsnell - Jul 29, 2003 7:10 am

Route Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: July 24, 2003  Sucess!

Parked the car on a switchback a few miles from the summit and slogged up the north slopes as an acclimatization hike for Longs. I saw a herd of mountain goats on the way. Choked on fumes as I crossed the parking lot for the last 30' to the summit, but otherwise a beautiful climb.


bernardhohman - Jul 29, 2003 12:53 am

Route Climbed: Summit Lake/Spalding Date Climbed: June 5, 2002  Sucess!

Fun day of sun and wind. Howling wind on the "Mile in the Sky" made the easy hike a little more exciting. Had fun talking to gasoline climbers.


ccoash - Jul 22, 2003 5:44 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Evans Loop Date Climbed: July 17 2003  Sucess!

A bit harder than it looks on paper, great way to spend a day.


bbailey - Jul 17, 2003 7:29 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Evans Loop Date Climbed: July 17, 2003  Sucess!

Beautiful day. Developing dark clouds shortened our lunch break although they never did anything more than threaten. The route was exactly as described on this page.


miztflip - Jul 9, 2003 4:28 pm

Route Climbed: Sawtooth Ridge to West Ridge Date Climbed: July 9, 2003  Sucess!

Great climb as usual. My wife and I found as many goats as car driving tourist on the summit. No snow but plenty of bushwacking through the willows getting back to Guanella Pass.


tonybell1 - May 28, 2003 7:28 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Evans loop Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

Yes, we walked up the last bit of road. Nice day though.


chef007 - May 24, 2003 8:43 pm

Route Climbed: Summit lake Date Climbed: May 24 2003  Sucess!

Would have been a great climb if it wasnt for the hail and snow storm.

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