summit lake > spaulding > evans
Nice views before sunset.
Biked up from Idaho Springs. Whoosh -- really took it out of me -- a lot harder than I anticipated.
Awesome day with no threat of storms. This route has a bit of everything. Descent back to Guanella took way longer than I thought it would.
From Echo Lake, Chicago Lakes, Mt. Spalding route with my oldest son. Ran most of the way up to Chicago Lakes. On the way down five emergency vehicles were driving up, with sirens on. I wonder what would have happened.
Did the "easy" northeast face from Summit Lake after camping at Echo Lake the night before. Fitful sleep at high altitude seemed like it was going to be a problem, but it helped a ton early on in the hike. Topped out from the steep route at about 10am, but scrapped plans to loop over West Evans and Spalding due to the gusty winds. Other than gusts and cold(!), it was a gorgeous day with great views in all directions!
I just did a drive up on this peak so that I could get some acclimatization for my hikes next week. A beautiful peak. And the best part.... we saw a huge herd of mountain goats along the way down.
Looped from Summit Lake to Spalding to Evans. Very foggy, but I'm glad I didn't turn back!
climbed from Summit Lake, over spalding to he summit.
Traversed from Bierstadt via Sawtooth: nice solid rock, lots of exposure if you trying to stay on the ridge proper. Scrambled along Mt. Evans West Ridge over a couple of false summits before arriving on the crowded summit. Nice scrambling, good weather, stunning views!
I hiked up the trail a bit, but nap time and high elevation made me sleepy, so Daddy carried me the rest of the way to the top.
Hey, when you guys summit Mount Shasta, do you start at the Pacific coast, at sea level? Do you start closer to the mountain, at 3500 feet, in the town of Mount Shasta? Or do you DRIVE UP AS FAR AS YOU CAN, to Bunny Flat (or whatever trailhead), and start from there?
How about Mount Whitney? Do you start hiking in Lone Pine, at 3700 feet? Or do you DRIVE UP AS FAR AS YOU CAN and then start hiking from there?
How about Longs Peak? From Estes Park? From Loveland? From the Atlantic Ocean? Or how about DRIVING UP AS FAR AS YOU CAN and then start hiking from there?
So the same goes for Mount Evans.
The exercise one gets from starting at a lower point is worthwhile for sure, and obviously if you started at the lower point, your summit achievement is more of an accomplishment than that of someone who hiked from a higher trailhead. But if I'm going to get exercise from a mountain-wilderness-hiking experience, I would prefer to get it on a trail that doesn't take you to a parking lot full of cars and people who drove up. If you can drive up, I would prefer to do it that way, because it seems rather unsatisfying to hike to a place you can drive a car.
So here are my Evans summits, from the 14150-foot trailhead, of course:
13 July 1997.
03 July 2010: With DayHikerJr, who hiked up part of the way before I had to carry him. I guess unacclimatized 2-year-olds can get sleepy at 14000 feet, especially around midday nap time. We were on a cross-country trip, returning to Nevada after spending a couple of weeks below 1000 feet in Michigan.
The air is THIN up there!! This is the highest I've ever been and my 11,000' pace is not the same as my 14,000' pace. Especially after you eat Frosted Mini Wheats for breakfast. And keeping up with the last 2 posts..... Ugh.
Some guy on the summit asked his friend if the register canister was a time capsule. Ugh. Trip report
Slogged through the willows on this one. Ugh!
From Guanella Pass TH, I hiked up Gray Wolf Peak, then traversed over to Spalding, and then on to Evans. Lots of willows.
First day in Colorado headed up this guy...almost killed me for lack of oxygen, but it was great!
Left Guanella Pass at 9:35 PM, got to the summit at 11:30 PM. The moon was so bright that we kept the headlamps in the packs. Tried to catch some Z's on the summit, but it was kinda chilly, so we continued to Evans via Sawtooth. Back at the TH at 6:35 am. Looong trip, especially with no sleep!
Climbed it with my Pops. All the people up top and the road tend to ruin it a little for me otherwise.
1st time August 18, 2009
2nd time May 26, 2013
3rd time May 24, 2014