ten minutes from the parking lot. :-)
I climbed the peak with my mom, dad and brother on July 2 2009. See the 2009 Trip Log for details.
I climbed the peak with my mom, dad and sister on July 2 2009. See the 2009 Trip Log for details.
Mount Evans is a pretty peak, but I had long put off climbing it because it has a road to near the summit. In March 2005, I had attempted a winter ascent of the peak via Guanella Pass, Mount Bierstadt and the Sawtooth Ridge, but I wasn’t feeling well and returned not long after climbing Bierstadt.
Mount Evans was chosen for a climb this weekend because the weather forecast was bad in the afternoons and I thought Mount Evans would be short enough for the kids ages seven and five) to get up and back before the threat of thunderstorms materialized.
Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly and I started the climb at Summit Lake, which was still frozen. We had originally planned to climb Mount Warren first, but we decided to head straight to Mount Spalding so we could get over Mount Evans as soon as we could. If the weather was still good by the time we got back down to Summit Lake we would climb Mount Warren.
As we started the climb we watched several marmots and mountain goats on the slopes of Mount Warren near Summit Lake. After watching them for several minutes, we headed off and climbed to the summit of Mount Spalding where we had a good rest and snack.
Kessler, Shaylee and I slid down a snowfield (we had brought plastic garbage bags just for this purpose) and then headed down to the saddle and up the ridge to Mount Evans. The Mount Evans Ridge was slower than expected and it took more time than we had thought it would, partly because much of the trail was covered with snow and so we climbed the rocky ridge more directly in order to stay off the snow.
The weather was good to the time we were in the summit area, but by the time we reached the summit it was snowing pretty hard and it was cold and windy. We touched the summit and went down a short distance to seek shelter in the old building near a parking lot (as mentioned there is a road close to the summit). We waited out the storm while eating lunch and the skies cleared.
We headed down the steep northeast face of the mountain, but were hit with another storm. It made the going very slippery and the kids did not like this part. We climbed down through the hail and rain storm as quickly as we could and walked the short section of road back to Summit Lake.
Overall, it was a nice and scenic climb, but the weather on the return was not good.
Ho-hum mountain. Weird after seeing no one on the Sawtooth to suddenly see all the people and cars on Evans.
We started from Echo Lake with plans to climb up from Chicago Creek. We got to the headwall of the drainage began the climb. The fact that we didn't bring crampons and the snow was still hard packed made for slow moving. We reached Summit Lake around 11am and ascended the steep, boulder strewn northeast ridge to the summit.
At such a young age, a few memories:
1. People were "climbing" from the parking lot and proclaiming they climbed a mountain. I was pretty arrogant and mad at them (hey I was 8 yrs old!)
2. I learned how much willows can suck for the first time
3. I was in awe of the sawtooth
Even though it has a road to the top there are plenty of routes that make it worth going back to multiple times.
From Bierstadt via the Sawtooth
One of the few mountains I've only climbed by bike--during the Mt. Evans Hill Climb Bike race. Unique experience! Rather than descending on my bike I rode down in a van provided by my bike club.
First successful summit of a 14er on a very cold and windy day.
Solo from Guanella to Bierstadt then on to Evans via the Sawtooth. Chased down an alternate route through the willows back to Guanella by some nasty t-storms.
but very fun!! Tried North Face Direct but It was not safe enough and not enough snow. Traversed to the ridge leading to the summit. Came down the road. This one was fun to solo
Cool ride up from Echo Lake. WIll go from IS next time
James and I took turns hiking Evans/watching the baby from Summit Lake since we have a 6-month-old who can't quite go to that elevation yet. Shortest ascent of a 14er I've ever done, but didn't feel too much like I was cheating because of the steepness of the trail toward to top. It was a little bit demoralizing to top out at a parking lot, though. Beautiful mountain and scenery nonetheless.
On the way home through Colorado, stopped up at the top, caught the sunrise with 1 other party, then took a nap in the car. Woke up to find the place had turned into a mall.
Finally finished the Front Range after climbing Bierstadt for the second time and crossing the Sawtooth.
Had avoided it because of the people/road, but was actually a fun climb!
Hiked from Echo Lake including a couple of miles on the road. Didn't thumb a ride though :-)
Marni, Turbo and I had to do this one on foot since bikes and cars don't count by our rules. Lots of fun, the willows really weren't that bad.