Quite a slog through the marsh and willows. Got pretty wet since it rained the night before.
Started with Spalding from Summit Lake
This is more a variation on the standard west slope route because we had to backtrack from the cirque and shoot up a steep but stable slope. We had to work for this one. Dealing with the bog on ascent and descent was nothing compared with bushwhacking through the willows. On our way down, thought we'd never get out. Spalding's views make up for the pain though.
Headed over to this easy summit as an after-thought on the way back to the car. Bierstadt/Sawtooth and Evans on same trip.
Climbed from Summit Lake. Was my first peak to climb. Needless to say, it was love at first sight.
Hiked up to Summit Lake from the trailhead at Echo Lake and past the Chicago Lakes. Summited Spalding and Evans
Spalding made for an easy summit on the descent after bagging the Snave Rt. on Evans.
This was the 14er finisher parade for Britt and Paul. Over Goliath, Rogers, Warren, Spalding, W Evans, and finally Evans.
First time around the loop this way. Started from Echo Lake.
climbed with Mount Evans.
via Sunrise Couloir. Loved it!
With Evans & "West Evans".
Several people passed right below the summit of Spalding without pause. This loop route from Summit Lake with Spalding and Evans is scenic and pleasant. Cool, crisp, sunny September weather was icing on the cake. Partner: Husband.
Bagged Spalding and continued on to Evans. Great views of Summit Lake and surrounding area.
Standard hike up the ridge, this was my first high elevation hike coming from MN on recent trip.
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.
We climbed this as part of our climb up Mount Evans on the same day.
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.
Climbed solo as part of a long ridge tour from Echo Lake - Goliath to Rogers to Warren to Spalding to Gray Wolf back to Echo Lake. Great warm spring day with plenty of sunshine! The road was still closed giving the place an eerie solitude.