The Mount Evans Road and Scenic Byway (Colorado Highway 5)is typically open the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the firstweekend in October, depending on weather conditions. The road and accessto the top of Mount Evans is open to Summit Lake(weather permitting).
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From I-70: Take exit 240 in Idaho Springs. Follow Highway103 south until it meets Echo Lake. Take Highway 5 tothe Summit Lake Trailhead, (just before mile marker 10 is Summit Lake Park)
From Bergen Park: Take Squaw Pass Road/Highway 103 west andtravel to Echo Lake. Take Highway 5 to Summit LakeTrailhead, , (just before mile marker 10 is Summit Lake Park)
This route follows the obvious couloir due west of summit lake in the middle of theEvans-Spalding saddle. Hike around the north end of the lake to the bottom of the gully and continue straight up to the top. To continue to the summit of Evans, go left from the top for 3/4 of a mile to the top, or you could take aright for a 1/4 mile or so to Spalding. This route has a large cornice every year which, when it melts out to vertical, is fun to play on if you bring two tools (and get to it before sun-hit), or can be avoided totally by going to the right. Max angle is 50 degrees. The route faces east, so get an early start.
Addition to this page and Sunrise couloir route i’m suggestion coupleof snow lines or variations locating left of couloir. Northeast face offers couple of alternative routes in case snow condition on Sunrise couloir are not right.
- Mountaineering axe
- Glacier Glasses
- Regular winter clothing/gear