The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail that ends at Abyss Lake. The trail is almost entirely in the Mount Evans Wilderness and it is listed as one of the Colorado's iconic 14er. Note: When snow is present, be cautious of avalanche danger. 9. Rosalie - East Ridge. The ridge looked icy and treacherous so myself, a beginner hiker, and another hiker who looked more experienced didn't attempt it. This is a great all day hike in which you will climb two 14ers, Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans. arrived 6:30 am, started counter clockwise. As of today, 10/15, Mount Evan's road was closed at the turn after Echo Lake. Gorgeous views and good mix of different types of terrain! Add a Report. That put my high point at around 11,264 feet. Note: Mount Evans Road (HWY 5) is closed for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. A fee of $5 in cash or check is charged for day use to park at Summit Lake. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is the highest paved road in North America. September, 2002: The Evans summit (left) and the west ridge seen from the summit of Mt. than other mountains as a lot of steep dropoffs. The trail follows an old logging road about 4 miles to an intersection with the Rosalie trail. Leaving the burn, it continues up the ridge, briefly joins the Cub Creek trail, then turns SW and crosses Beartracks Creek to the lake. Began at 6:15am, hit Evans summit by 8:50. The Mt. HOWEVER, this is adding some weird way down - as far as I know this is a winter route (ski?). Other times you will pay an additional $10 to enter the park. Great fairly easy 14Er, for a 14er. Trail hard to see but I was grateful for all the rock cairns set up to lead the way. Hiked on sunday 10/6. While the summit is accessible by car, there are also several hiking routes of varying length and difficulty leading to it. Epic climb and run down!! Take exit 240 from I-70 W. Follow CO-103 S 13 mi. Amazing hike number 5 for me in a week. Evans SWA is closed from January 1 through June 14. Highway 5 is a popular road to the top of the mountain, which rates as the highest paved road in the United States. very windy and pretty cold. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. The first 2 miles are direct, and the final has rock blasted switchbacks to the top of the ridge. Will come back when it's warmer to try it. We kept trying to go left on rock edges and got into a few sketchy cliff areas that we then had to turn around at over and over again. It's just a much longer hike. I found that my progress was a bit hobbled by the cold. Otherwise the trip up was about what I expected, but also a little harder due to all the layers of clothes, as I felt a little less flexible. No rail guards and steep drop offs. Wikiloc | Picture of Monte Tlaloc desde San Pablo Ixayoc (2/6) MM7677-091115-04112.tif | Kenneth Garrett Photography. From Denver take I-70 W to CO-103 S Mt. A fee of $5 in cash or check is charged for day use to park at Summit Lake. piper14er. The Meridian trail is steeper than you think with a steady incline throughout. It is known as the “road into the sky”. The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of almost 17 miles makes this a strenuous day hike. Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. My 3rd 14er and my favorite so far. #3 - Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail. If I'd lost my balance and my momentum had varied me over the tiny ledge, I'd have fallen about eight more feet and likely broken something, so one really had to be careful. Rosalie Peak: 4,280 verticle feet, 10 miles (round trip) all in a time crunch. Trail is almost entirely in the Mount Evans Wilderness. From the Camp Rock Campground, the trail travels along a Bear Creek for about a mile. The trail is still open, but you must factor in the extra distance along the road. Make sure to take a water bottle as my CamelBak line froze so I had no water the whole way, and have a face shield and gloves for wind. We plan on going to Colorado Springs and doing a few smaller day hikes and exploring the regions around there for the first two days (to get warmed up to hiking and a bit acclimatized), then we plan on hiking Quandary Peak, The Mount Bross group, Gray and Torrey’s Peaks, Mt Bierstadt, Mt Evans and finishing with Pikes peak in that order. Being located just 60 miles from Denver, the mountain is a popular day-trip for visitors. Took 5 hours round trip, but we got off trail and had to do some slightly scary rock scaling. Great quick 14er. Starts and ends at Summit Lake. 2: N39 36.101 W105 38.544 — .2 miles : Chicago Lakes - Mt Evans Trail split : 3: N39 36.054 W105 38.801 — .5 miles : Steep, steady climb out of Summit Lake cirque : 4: N39 36.059 W105 39.215 — 1.0 miles : Crest over basin and moderate in open tundra : 5: N39 35.797 W105 39.453 — 1.5 miles : Low point on saddle; begin steep climb 5 miles round trip. The hike up Bierstadt is fairly easy however the crossing of The Sawtooth will take you on a very intense class 3 scramble. More Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of almost 17 miles makes this a strenuous day hike. Still a 14er, but not very exciting. Super bummed we couldn't do this hike today. I wasn't trying to do it fast, but I had to keep stopping due to very runny nose from cold air, and I found that wearing a face mask (needed because my face was going numb from the 22° cold and gusty winds) exacerbated the thin air- I could move faster when I pulled the mask up to breathe. My camelback line froze so I was constantly trying to crunch the ice out of it. From an unnamed lake at timberline, the trail continues through the willows, then westerly across the tundra to the lake. Didn't actually get to hike this trail. Photos of Mount Evans Wilderness - 80. Expect to encounter many other hikers on summer weekends. I did the Mount Evans /Mount Spalding loop trail yesterday (Sunday Sept. 22). Only saw one other person on the entire trail! The closure is at the intersection with Naylor Lake Road. During the summer, the summit is full of tourists who drive all the way to the summit. Brutal wind for most of it but if your dressed for it it’s doable. saw mountain goat mom and baby up at the summit. I was a bit surprised at the end (a little over a half mile from parking lot- the early part of hike if done counter-clockwise) that it seemed that, for example, the cairns led right up to a cliff edge. The backroads have private property signs, so stay on the designated route and follow signs to Chicago Lakes. Mtn Geek. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. The journey begins in Idaho Springs, climbing to the summit of Mount Evans, which is 14,264 feet up. maverick_manley. Elevation is over 14,000 feet.. Pennsylvania Mtn. partial dusting of snow. Gearing up for a challenge? Pay attention to signs as you need to branch right off the trail about 2 miles in. Mount Evans Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount Evans is: Mostly dryTemperatures will be well below freezing (max -8°C on Mon afternoon, min -18°C on Sat morning)Winds decreasing (near gales from the WNW on Sat afternoon, light winds from the W by Mon night). Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Nothing too difficult. “The road to the top of the 14,260-foot (4,346 km) peak of Mount Evans is the highest paved road in North America and is maintained and operated by Denver City Parks Department. Bierstadt and Mt. The only way down was a place I had to jump down about four feet to a rock ledge that extended about ten inches out from the mountain ledge I was standing on. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. It was about 18 miles round trip. I did my first 14er (Quandary) about three weeks ago, and then did my second (Bierstadt) about two weeks ago, so this was my third. Go on 14ers.com for better route description! The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. Says that road to it is out but you can still do the hike and get to the first parking lot. The Beartrack Lakes Trail begins within the Mt Evans State Wildlife Area. Got lucky with low wind. I recommend starting the trail at the trailhead at the parking lot. The road is out to the parking lot at the very to, at the man made view site. View from summit spectacular, and weather as clear and could be. Also make sure you have $5 cash for the parking. To take this route park at the designated parking lot with restrooms then go right. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Continue 9.0 mi to the Summit Lake parking lot. Hiked on the road as it was closed to motor vehicles. The Guanella Pass road in Grant, Colorado hugs the Wilderness on it’s Western border, giving a portal to another popular 14,000 foot mountain, Mount Bierstadt. 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