Explore the most popular Camping trails in Mount Evans Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

ohv/off road driving
snow
25 days ago

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

My first Hard rated trail and my experience is Intermediate at best. With that said I found the trail a great challenge but not overwhelming. It was a fun trail with snow in some parts. I will definitely do that trail again.

Fun trail I wouldn’t call it a hard trail it was very easy - 3 obstacles. Super smooth trail. Minimal rocks. Would be a great fall leaves trail

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muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Went all the way up to Evans!! Man the trail was gorgeous and long. After upper Chicago you ain't done!! You get a steep hike up to summit lake. Evans is also steep and totally worth IT. ONLY GO WITH WIND RESISTANT AND FACE COVERINGS AND TREKKING POLES. IT WAS FRIGID ACTIC WIND, A PENTRATING WIND AND COLD. Rolled my ankle and thought I was going to die (jk). But I decided to be safe just take the road down since it was already closed for the season and didn't want hit upper Chicago lake in the dark. and man that really made it long I was about to set up camp for night with just my emergency blanket but decided to use my phone light the whole way down.... 3.2 hours of brutal wind and cold.i ran into a pack of mountain goat on the road and decided to wait if they were going to leave and they didn't.. So I decided to slowly walk around them and had a slight anxiety attack as a I know the males are more aggresive in October and November and he and his pack were staring at me.. and the sun set on me right around the treeline and the true cold set in... Luckily I was prepared with snow boots, adbudant handwarmers in my face shield, pockets and even shoes. I was good. My Patagonia jacket was forming little ice on the outside. The conditions are life threating if you don't prepare. I knew I was hiking in dark and forgot my headlamps and 1500 lumen flashlight go figure.. I also believe there was a black bear near the bottom of the Evans road but I immediately cut through the forest with my phone light and kept my GPS to hit the road on the other end. All I got to say is be prepared because I was supposed to be out 4 hours before I did but my ankle was swollen like a rock and had to limp down the entire mt Evans road in freezing tempatures.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

I started this trail last week but only went halfway because o had my dog with me and he is not a long distance hiker. I went back today to complete the whole trail. Definitely a fun one. a little strenuous after about 3 1/2 miles but I think the overall distance is why this route is considered Hard on All-Trails. Some patchy snow in areas, but no traction needed as of 10/14/19. Snow thawed as the day went on causing some areas to be muddy.

Love this trial. Great fall hike. I did this 9/27-28 camping about 2 miles in. Then up to Abyss lake and back down and out on the 28th (15 miles). Not terribly strenuous as the climb is gradual. I passed this trail again on 10/5 and the sign at the first junction with Rosalie trial was missing. Please note this or bring a GPS. It's just before a stream cross, there is a sign post with a trial off to the left; be sure to stay right. You will know you are on the correct trail as you will pass the second junction with Rosalie, a trail going off to the right, shortly afterwards, which does have a sign. Helms lake makes a beautiful turnaround point too if you don't want to do a 17 mile dayhike.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

most of the hard sections have bypasses around them. not too difficult a stock wrangler Rubicon would have no problem. if you had a 2 inch lift, you wouldn't need the bypasses. I have ran it in both a 64" wide and a 72" wide side by side. no width issues.

giving it 4 stars as I did not finish yet. I went only halfway because the dog is not use to long hikes. I will be back without the dog to finish soon. new review to come afterwards

hiking
1 month ago

17 miles to Abyss Lake and back. The Aspen trees are just past peak, and there are still some beautiful sections. The best foliage is prior to Helms Lake, within the first 3 miles from the trailhead. The beginning of the trail through mile 3-4 is very mellow (also the highest concentration of people). It gets more strenuous beyond that point (a bit steeper, some switchbacks, altitude), but not too hard. The mileage is what makes this ‘hard’. We left the trailhead at 8am and we’re at Abyss Lake by noon. Back at the trailhead by 3:30pm. Brisk pace with some rest and photo stops.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing fall colors!! Honestly a very easy and pleasant trail, but we only went a bit past the third crossing. A wonderful, not overly strenuous hike with great payoff. Arrive early!!! Would do this again in a heartbeat in any season.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful aspens, lovely hike. We made a loop of it with the three-mile and the abyss trail. Couldn't have asked for more color on the leaves. And if anyone finds a simple handmade and cheap silver ring... I lost my wedding ring out there. Wah wah.

Lovely fall hike. Can see a hillside full of yellow and orange and walk through a aspen grove all within a few miles of trailhead. Populated trail, but not busy. I went from trailhead to the third river crossing and back in about three hours or so.

Did Abyss lake as a day hike, clocked 17mi total. Took just under 4 hours to get to the top and a little less to get down. Miles 2-5 were amazing to see the aspen trees right now! After that it’s mostly above tree line. Trail was a little hard to follow from Helms lake to Abyss Lake, and Abyss was extremely windy at the top so we only spend 10 minutes there. Overall this was a good trail and the aspens were beautiful!

ohv/off road driving
rocky
1 month ago

Would ave been 5 stars if the view was better. Camped the night in one of the many camping spots along the loop. Well maintained trail. Took a right at the fork at the start. (Left at start may be easier.) "Wall" climb took the Taco to limits without a rear locker. Stock - 2015 Tacoma 4x4 AT. In L4 L - 2 and 3

hiking
1 month ago

My Wife and I did a good portion of this trail yesterday. We started hiking around 7:45 am and were back at the trailhead around 2:00pm. We did not get above tree line but got pretty close. We were mostly there to peep the leaves but I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a diverse hiking experience. My least favorite part was the multiple water crossings... they had logs set up to help you pass but those are always tough for me. Haha

hiking
1 month ago

hiked 9/23/2019 trail goes back and forth along the creek. wonderful soft bubble water moving noise as you go not to steep once clear of trees you have a wonderful view off trail west to go up Rosalie was grass and some rocks. some cool rocks farther if you go to Epaulie

Amazing foliage hike. Aspens at peak but some that are higher up have some green. Went all the way to Abyss Lake. Extremely windy there today and not worth the extra mileage for leaves. There were some great views about a mile past Helms. Suggest turning around there if you’re looking for leaves. Also the trail is a little tricky to follow past Helms on the way to Abyss near the stream.

fun hike.

hiking
1 month ago

A great fall hike. The views start at about 2.2 miles.

Awesome trail!! I didn’t get to go all the way to Abyss Lake but I got about 4.5 miles in and turned around due to being with an older dog. Fall colors were incredible, but they don’t start until about mile 3 or 3.5. Within a week and a half to 2 weeks I’d say they’ll be gone. Highly recommend in the fall! Trail is super quiet and nicely maintained.

Wow! This trail is fantastic. It’s everything I’m looking for when going backpacking. I started hiking at 10:40am and reached Helm’s Lake around 2:45pm. I set up camp and then proceeded up to Abyss Lake. From Helm’s to Abyss took me about 1.5hrs, one way. I spent one night at Helm’s. The stars were unreal. Also got to peep a moose in the early morning hours. Aspens are starting to change and the temps were perfect for camping (65ish day and 30ish night). Highly recommend as an overnight backpacking trip. Many campsites and plentiful water along trail to Helm’s

Great hike, would've given 5 stars if the trail was closer to the creek on the first few miles. I clocked 8.5 mi to Abyss Lk. Saw one Bull moose, but too far for pics. Definetly a long day hike, but rewarding. Very Scenic.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike!! Stunning views and great trail conditions. I did this hike this past Sunday and conditions were great. Would love to come back in 2-3 weeks when the Aspen trees change color (some were already changing color higher up). It was a lot for a day hike (starting at 7am and wrapping up a little after 1pm) and would probably camp up at Helms lake next time - but overall 10/10. The trail can get a little difficult to follow after Helms lake with the stream, but other than that a great hike.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Fairly easy trail. We love it. Both Jeep crawling and dirtbike.

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