From the parking lot, the hike to the summit/marker is much less than half a mile. But on this August day the winds were at least 30-40 mph and the air temperature was 30 deg F. There were snow flurries. The winds were the kind of sustained winds that have to be leaned into. Ill prepared in shorts and hiking sandals it was a bit of a challenge.
Found a hiking ice axe (some rust) on a snowbank on Mt Evans about July 16 or 17. Describe to claim.
Successfully returned to owner!
Got this and Spaulding in before the thunderstorms.
Started at Summit Lake early around 7:30am, quickly made the summit of Mount Spalding, and then took the West Ridge all the way to Mount Evans summit. Glad to see there weren't that many people on the summit. Descended the easy NE route back to the trail head at Summit Lake. Not bad for altitude training, don't think I'll be back up Evans for a long time since mankind destroyed it.
With me wife. Fun scramble around cirque and along West Ridge. From Summit Lake.
Approximate date. Climbed from Guanella pass across the valley below Bierstadt.
West ridge from Guanella Pass winter closure. Snow was packed on the road from snowmobiles, and pretty well consolidated on the trail and willows so not much post holing. Upper route was pretty well windblown, some patches of snow, but not that deep and mostly grass and talus.
Windy solo loop from Guanella Pass with Spalding and Gray Wolf. Evans was very windy, the 13ers weren't quite so bad or I probably would have just bailed after Evans. Lost my hat but luckily still had my balaclava!
Climbed multiple times, on foot and by bike
Goats were everywhere!
Did the Tour d'Abyss route - Evans road to Bierstadt's East Ridge, Sawtooth, back to Evans. A great climb with lots of fun scrambling!
From Summit Lake. Eazy-Breezy
W/ dad & jimmy
1980: with dad & Mike
Did the loop from summit lake. Did mt Spalding as well. Was sad when I saw all the people who drove up. Fun hike 1st 14er of 2013 for me and 2nd overall. Friend's first 14er
I drove up and did the little hike to the top with my wife and daughters. My daughters were excited to be up so high.
Nice hike from Summit Lake, lots of people.
Mt Spalding as well.
Great steep snow climb on a bluebird day!! Decended the west ridge and over to Mt Spalding.
Fun, long, hike.
There's really no good way to go about hiking this from Guanella Pass. No matter how careful I was I still got my feet wet. Also climbed up the wrong side of the gully and had to carefully downclimb and traverse to the left side. I was scared of a slide. If I had to do it over I would have just done the Sawtooth traverse.