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Though it was nice, after a few miles of 4x4 road its more like walking on a wide trail. Where the map shows the end of the trail, you can cut left and go up a ways toward Torreys peak

You’ll definitely want to bring traction and poles for this one. It looks dry at the trailhead, but there’s a lot of packed snow on ice pretty soon after you start climbing.

You could probably even get away with having your snowshoes handy toward the top.

Absolutely beautiful the whole trip through. I LOVED it!

off road driving
9 days ago

Really fun trail, not for beginners though. Lift, skid plates and rock sliders are a must, as there are lots and lots of very big rocks. The lake is very beautiful. Lockers are helpful if you are more adventurous and want to go for the harder lines, but can be completed without. This trail is also wide enough for full size trucks.
2nd gen Tacoma single cab
3” lift, 14psi 33” TSL stickies.

hiking
12 days ago

Another classic Rocky Mountain hike. Great diversity with forest, meadows, snow caps all around, a couple of stream crossings and a nice lake at the end. The first half mile and the last 3/4 mile are pretty steep so be prepared for some climbing. Got lucky today with only six other cars in the parking lot. However, I am guessing this trail is very crowded in peak season. Go now before the trail is covered in snow.

Butt kicker

Trail definitely not closed. We got there around 8 and there was no one there- absolutely beautiful! Very cold, and slippery with hiking boots as there is snow near the bottom but overall it was not hard, probably a moderate. We brought our two dogs who loved running at the tops. Extremely beautiful, even it’s a lot of fog and limited visibility- wear gloves, beanies, and layers.

difficult incline but so worth it

hiking
15 days ago

Strava 6.6 miles in 3 hours 7 minutes. 1837 in elevation gain. Big climb up but awesome hike and so easy to get to right off of 70.

Tough loop for me. Clouds rolled in on Spalding, almost turned back but as fast as the clouds appeared they disappeared.
Great hike, a little Cairn hunting on the back side of Mt Evans but nothing too bad.
The scree trail down is treacherous with out poles.
The thin air from the altitude is immediately noticeable.

hiking
17 days ago

Parking lot this year is more packed than I've ever seen it-but can accommodate a ton of traffic! Water in the lake seems a bit lower than other summers? Expect initial climb & last leg to be tough, but the end is worth it!

snowshoeing
19 days ago

Steep climb in the beginning then opens to expansive views over rolling inclines/declines. Heavy snowpack, not many people go past the first mile. Drops into a forest and then leads to what is a iced over lake, from there you can take various routes up the surrounding peaks/rim to continue. Great place to nom nom at the top.

hiking
19 days ago

Arrived at 9:30 and there was still plenty of parking. Trail starts off with an immediate incline then begins to level off after mile 1. Gently incline with sweeping views and then another sharp incline in the trail for the end view of the Continental Divide. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Bathrooms at the bottom of the trail.

Lovely hike. Completed on Thursday morning. Arrived at 10am and there was plenty of parking spaces. The hike starts with an incline right away. I did this hike to acclimate for a 14er. views are amazing throughout.

hiking
21 days ago

Was anxious to hike this during good weather since I snowshoed it this past winter. Good Lord this trail is a friggin human highway on the weekend. An endless parade of people and numerous bags of dog crap. WTH? It’s like Colorado’s Everest. That said, once I got to the top and the lake, I found a spot away from the human noise and it was bliss. Think I will stick to snowshoeing this one when everyone else is skiing/snowboarding. Pack it out people. If you can’t properly dispose of your dog’s waste, leave them at home.

hiking
21 days ago

This hike must be beautiful at any time of the year! I went on a fall day and enjoyed the aspens and the golden bushes. Herman gulch takes you through trees, along a river, near stunning mountain views. The climb is worth it- you will reach a lake and more views.

hiking
21 days ago

beautiful and great place to see the leaves change. it has some hills that are steep in places.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
25 days ago

We arrived around 8am and there were still some spots in the lot. We beat the gates opening, so we only had to pay $5. Keep in mind, the drive to the lake/parking lot is very high up and narrow. It's not for the faint of heart.

We had been watching the weather, but it was an absolutely perfect blue sky, Colorado day. The fall foliage was absolutely stunning. There wasn't much wind at the top.

The hike to Mount Spalding wasn't too intense. It climbs in elevation quickly, but if you take your time, you shouldn't be impacted by the altitude. There was only one area where we had to lift our pups up, just because there wasn't a good way for them to scale the rocks.

When you finish with Mount Spalding, you go down in altitude, before beginning your hike up to Mount Evans. While at a high altitude, it didn't climb quickly as you scaled the side of the fourteener. Be prepared to make your way across rocks without a visible trail in some areas. The dogs did great and it was a good first fourteener for them.

Use All Trails to find the route down after Mount Evans. You'll definitely miss it, if you don't. It's very steep and pebbly. Our pups were not fond of it on their paws.

Overall, a great fourteener with beautiful views and some challenging areas.

hiking
27 days ago

Lovely trail close to Denver. Great open valleys and a pretty lake at the top. Took me about 3 hours roundtrip and I am a moderate(ish) hiker. Left before sunrise and the trail was empty. Was the first to the top and had the entire lake to myself and my dog. Dog loved running around at the top by the lake. Solid workout but not too hard at all

We arrived at the parking lot around 8am and there were still a handful of spots. This means we also got to skip the Echo Lake pay station (opens at 8am) and only had to pay $5 at Summit Lake (there were park rangers checking the fees when we finished the hike, so yes, they do check).

We hiked this trail clockwise, which is the opposite of what is listed. I really enjoyed getting the uphill portion done quickly and having most of the hike be downhill after that. The turn off of the road onto the trail is not very obvious so the AllTrails App was helpful for that. It was very windy at the top of Evans, but the views were great and there were few people since the road already closed at Summit Lake for the season. The wind died down afterwards thankfully. We had a great time following the ridge over to Spalding and back to Summit Lake as it was just a gradual downhill hike while maneuvering through the rocks. This did require conscious foot placement to avoid tripping and following cairns as trail markers. We enjoyed this, but it is something to be aware before going of if you don't enjoy that in a trail.

Overall, a great experience and beautiful views with only a handful of people at the summits!

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful, fairly easy trail.

Great hike and decent workout. The 3/4 mile and the last 3/4 is steep. Took me about 3:45 round trip with about 30 min up top. Beautiful views. I got there at 9:15 and honestly wish I got there a littler earlier because it did get crowded. But it was also a Saturday.

Great trail. Got there at 7am on a Saturday and there were only a few cars in the parking lot. Took us 2 hours to get up to the top taking breaks occasionally. Trail is easy to follow and a good moderate hike. It’s fairly steep at the beginning and the end but worth the few. Once we headed back down it was very busy with a lot of people. I’d recommend you go early in the morning to avoid the crowds!

hiking
29 days ago

I hiked up to the lake and found a few geocaches. A good portion of the trail is in the woods, getting above the tree line towards the end. Didn’t see too many people on a weekday morning but it’s clear this is a popular trail. I enjoyed eating my lunch with the lake to myself, watching the birds. I was out for 4h and travelled 7.7 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views with the leaves changing colors. The last 1/4 mile had some tough steep hills. Certainly got the heart pounding.

I loved this trail! It is a good workout but not too hard. It is well maintained. There are plenty of beautiful sights along the way and at the end there is a very big payoff in the way of a beautiful lake surrounded by an awesome rotunda of rock. I took a dip in the lake and it was exhilarating to say the least. Highly recommended

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