Looking for a great trail in Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado? AllTrails has 38 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 20 hard trails in Mount Evans Wilderness ranging from 2.3 to 17.8 miles and from 8,838 to 14,255 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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snowshoeing

snowshoeing
3 days ago

spikes or boots are good from road closure to last switchback, where packed trail cuts straight at bierstadt. hard to follow due to windblown-ness, but was worth it over surprise post holes through willows. windy and blown up top, kept my shoes on until the final ridge, mostly for the heel lifts. windy scamper to summit

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
snow
7 days ago

Lots of snow covering the trail and wildlife tracks. The road driving to the trailhead is not great so make sure you have a good vehicle to clear the big snow dips/potholes. Beautiful and quiet hike

hiking
snow
11 days ago

Amazing winter hike! Used spikes for most of it but eventually switched to snowshoes once I stepped into waste deep snow. Solid trench line for most of the hike.

hiking
snow
18 days ago

Great trail right now. Didn't see a single person the entire time. Spikes are a must since the whole trail is snow. Once you get above treeline, the actual trail kind of disappears, so pick a set of tracks and follow them.

hiking
icy
snow
18 days ago

3/16 WINTER ROUTE About 10 miles RT. Lots of wide open space with views all around! Very beautiful with the snow covering the mountains. Trail was packed down pretty well a majority of the way so I only used micro spikes though I suppose they weren’t entirely necessary. You could definitely feel the elevation getting to the top but the views were totally worth it.

hiking
21 days ago

Went yesterday with my husband. It was incredibly quiet, just what we needed. You will absolutely need spikes and once you get out of tree level we would definitely suggest snow shoes. With that being said we did not have any and still had a great time. The trail is very hard to find once you hit the valley near the top. We got a little lost and I think we went up to the top through the opposite side, but still a great hike. Parking was very tricky! The road is fine until the last mile. Just park down below at the designated spots and walk to the trail head.

ohv/off road driving
closed
23 days ago

Aired down and disconnected sway bars only to find that the gate was closed at entrance to trail on 101. Not sure why it was closed, as far as I know the trail is open rear round.

hiking
24 days ago

First 14er, amazing views!

hiking
25 days ago

Did it yesterday an awesome trail to be surrounded by those tower peaks meandering through the frozen lakes was nature in all its grandeur. Except the missing wildlife in this wilderness area. There was no wind and the silence was deafening I did the whole trail and barley saw one squirrel, not even birds. Around the lakes area i studied the flanks. Of the surrounding peak and saw not one living animal except dogs and off leash in a wilderness area. Their scent, barking and chasing of other animals have conditioned the wildlife to avoid the whole area. I’m seeing this same scenario played out in wild places all over the country. I went through the numerous reviews for over a year and not one mentions an animal sighting. Leave your dogs at home and let the rest of us enjoy an encounter with wildlife.

hiking
snow
26 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
27 days ago

The snowshoers have gone off trail numerous times after the reservoir and made the mistake of taking one of their trails up after the lower Chicago lake and getting lost. Even as a snowshoer you have to stay on trail. Saw a lot of beaten down shrubs and plants from them not staying on trail.

Trail was packed down, less so as you ascended, came nowhere near doing the entire trail. It was easily navigable with micro-spikes and also easy to post-hole just off the trail. Both the dog and I had a great time with only two other hikers seen on a Friday March morning.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

SO MUCH FUN, this trail! We started our trek at around 750. The snow on the trail was packed and looked pretty well travelled until just past the reservoir, when it got real. We missed a turn on the trail and found ourselves in the middle of the valley, home of a frozen creek surrounded by thick bushes and brush. This is where we found a 6 pack of really cool adventurers strapping on their snowshoes and getting ready to break trail. We slogged thru knee and thigh high snow in the creek bed with them for at least 30 minutes and finally made our way to the trees, which is where the trail was. Once back on track we were able to make it to the second lake. The trip was epic. My advice though: DONT try to find a path thru the valley. The snow is usually less deep in the trees! And there were 8 of us- now the Chicago lakes trail will be a lot more visible to the next group, at least until it snows again!

hiking
1 month ago

like the person below, I too got stuck on the road between the campground and the TH, in an AWD Rav 4. its deceiving, it looks doable at first and increasingly gets higher in the center and thats rock hard consolidated snow. unless you ride high and have offroad capabilities, dont drive it.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

If you want to drive all the way to the trail head, it is not possible as I found out today. Have a Subaru Outback and got stuck halfway down the road from the campground where the road splits. Park atthe campground sign/board and walk from there. Lesson learned

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Went up again today and made it all the way to Chicago Lakes. Micro spikes sufficient to the reservoir then flotation is mandatory after that. One other fine gentleman was on the trail today and we alternated breaking trail about a mile after the reservoir. Last mile and a half was absolutely brutal breaking trail up steep terrain in hip deep snow. The reward at the end was quite worth it though. There is now a good trench all the way to the lanes so get after it before the next snow comes.

ohv/off road driving
snow
1 month ago

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Snowshoed 2.15.20. Total solitude save for a handful of XC skiers. Good workout. 7.75 miles round trip. Mind the weather.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Hiked the first couple of miles on 15Feb2020. Fantastic views. Trench was narrow but solid. Snowshoes not needed. Spikes were helpful but also not mandatory if you have boots with good traction.

hiking
1 month ago

Had the place to myself and my pups! Snowshoes recommended, as I was limited in distance with just microspikes.

Very heavily trafficked, offers a nice challenge with the altitude.

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