Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail

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Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.6 miles 1926 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

4.95 mile Mt. Evans Loop. Starting and ending at Summit Lake.

1 month ago

A good first 14er!

hiking
2 months ago

I did this yesterday solo! This was my 1st 14'er.11.02 miles round trip starting at Summit Lake up Mt. Spaulding and around the ridge to the Mt. Evans Summit and down via the road back to the parking lot. The views of Summit Lake, Sawtooth Ridge and Abyss Lake are incredible and not to mention on a clear day like I had you can see at least 5 identifiable 14'ers from up there. I also saw Big Horn Sheep, Coyotes, Mountain Goats and Mule Deer all on this trail. This is a difficult, rocky, exposed and very steep climb, Yes, make no mistake you are climbing a 14'er on this trail. Take proper clothing and gear and always be prepared, it's better to have the gear and not need it than to need it and not have it. This is a serious climb! Upon returning to the parking lot at around sunset the Alpine Rescue Team was mustering and going to search for a missing woman on this mountain. Temperatures were dropping rapidly at sunset, 44° when I got to the bottom and dropping fast. I sure hope they found her! Weather can change rapidly at these elevations and getting in trouble can happen fast. Be prepared! All in all I had an amazing day! Just me and the mountain! Amazing! I cant wait to do it again!

2 months ago

We summited Mount Evans via the Sawtooth Ridge (extra hard). Obvious trail marked by many cairns. Lots of rock hopping and keep and eye out for big horn sheep! Beautiful emerald colored lake from the top. Fun hike!

2 months ago

Easy for a 14er. You start at summit lake which is pretty. You don't see the road until you reach the peak so don't worry that it will ruin it. The peak is slightly disappointing from all the shoebies who drove up. But it's still a great hike. Doesn't take very long either

hiking
2 months ago

Just spectacular. This was my first 14er and I couldn't be more thrilled. We took the loop around Spalding and up over Evans, coming down on the Mt Evans Summit Trail, which actually comes out of the summit parking lot. This connected us to the road quicker, for which our knees were grateful!! Plus, we avoided the huge boulders and essentially the staircase associated with the other summit trail. It was a daunting journey for me, but ultimately rewarding. Seriously, GO IN FALL!!!! The weather was a little scary (all was fine) but the views from the top of the aspen trees were incredible. First of many, I hope!

2 months ago

Beautiful views.

2 months ago

Little windy today but otherwise a fantastic hike. No snow or ice.

2 months ago

3 months ago

amazing views! scattered snow. can be difficult to maneuver the rocks at times. overall great hike.

3 months ago

Beautiful views. Not as challenging in terms of ascending quickly but more technical with a lot of rock scrambles There was snow in August so definitely pack warmly and bring poles since rocks were icy. Descended down north east side at parking lot which was a lot steeper but faster. Took us a little over 4 hours

3 months ago

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4 months ago

Good hike overall. I wouldn't call this difficult at all either! It's rated class two but super easy for a 14er! Nice hike but was a little boring for us.

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

Just perfect 4th of July weekend, spent one day at Lower Chicago lake climb to Upper Chicago lake then to Summit Lake then to Mt Spalding and to the Mt Evans. The journey was difficult fog,rain and in the end snow. The price to reach the summit ..? Priceless

5 months ago

5 months ago

it's currently awesome

6 months ago

Loved hiking this trail with my packed picnic

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views, just be prepared for all the tourists at the top who drive up.

hiking
1 year ago

I camped out the night before at Summit Lake and headed up the NE face at 5:30am last Sunday. No one else was on this route but I could see about 25 headlamps across the lake going counter-clockwise around Summit Lake. Spectacular sunrise on the way up and peaked Evans at 7am. Going clockwise around the lake from there, I took the route past/over Spaulding and back down to Summit Lake. The parking lot was packed by my return, so you definitely want to get there early on the weekends. Had the pleasure of seeing quite a few mountain goats, pikas and marmots on the 4-hour-tour.