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scramble
snow
1 day ago

This trail was way more fun than we expected! You start out in a beautiful valley that loops up and around to an almost even more beautiful view of cliffs and mountains. The top section is a scramble but stay to the left and follow the cairns and you will be just fine! Had some light snow on and off today but it continued to clear up over and over. Personally this one might be one of my favorites for some reason.

Ok, not hard.

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

We are getting into 4 season weather up top. Many are tagging the top real quick and heading straight down. Highly recommend full face coverage for way down, since hiking west directly into the wind. Last push to summit goes to left (tons of cairns) and traverses around the left side before heading to summit. Will help stay out of the worst of the boulders. There are patches of packed snow that are very icy, but can easily be avoided. But next time we get snow, I think spikes will be a must-have. Views are great, but if you are only going to do one hike up there, make it Square Top. The view west is basically the same as Greys. Can see all the way to Buena Vista.

Didn't actually get to hike this trail. As of today, 10/15, Mount Evan's road was closed at the turn after Echo Lake. We weren't even able to get up to Summit Lake. Super bummed we couldn't do this hike today. Hopefully it's not closed for the season! The trail should still be available via Chicago Lakes Trail however! It's just a much longer hike.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

Had an amazing time hike it this trail! My only complaint is that right before the summit you have to scramble up quite a few large rocks, but other than that it was perfect!

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
4 days 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
no shade
off trail
rocky
snow
4 days 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.

Great trail. Around 10 miles round trip. Lots of shade and steady incline. U descend down initially which means the last part of the hike you have incline. Ugh! The last 0.5 miles over the ridge to the upper lake was brutal incline but weather was pretty. We couldn’t stay at the upper lake because once we reached the ridge the temps dropped by 30 degrees and was so windy. It is one I will do again. Gorgeous hike!

Beautiful view to drive to!

hiking
5 days ago

There are tons of people on this hike! I was surprised this is a common beginners 14er because it was a bit harder than I expected, still very good though. There are a lot of people and a lot of dogs on this hike, so if you decide to bring your dog make sure they are people&dog friendly. The last scramble to the top was a bit difficult, especially for a dog.

Great fairly easy 14Er, for a 14er. Only took us 3.5 hours to clear. Says that road to it is out but you can still do the hike and get to the first parking lot. The road is out to the parking lot at the very to, at the man made view site. The road leading up to the trail head is super sketchy if bad weather or snow. No rail guards and steep drop offs. I recommend starting the trail at the trailhead at the parking lot. Some people were doing the steep section first, if you want to do it this way just walk down the road a quarter mile or so. If you do the trail counter clockwise as I prefer the summit can be a bit tricky to find. Just stay right on all the rock edges until the summit is readily apparent. 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. If you stay right you will eventually be able to see the view site (which I personally think is a buzz kill) and then the summit will be readily apparent with an obvious trail up!

I hiked this with a friend and my golden retriever on 10/13/2019. It was probably one of my favorite trails! Something we didn’t realize was that if you continue to walk past Chicago lake you can go to summit lake. We had already gone as far as we wanted since we started up at echo lake, which makes the whole trail to Chicago lake about 10 miles there and back, we were ready to head back. It was very steep and rocky at first from echo lake but it is such a wonderful hike with a great variation in terrain we couldn’t have been happier with the decision. I would be a bit cautious if you try to do this right after it snows or rains, but it’s great and I would highly recommend !

14 oct, gate closed

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

She cold in october

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days 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.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

I hiked this at the end of September and just catching up on reviews. I agree with most reviews about the hike up Bierstadt to be a pleasant one in about 3 hours. This is my 1st class 3 hiking in Colorado and an really glad to be with someone that had done it before. Not only was the company great and direction, but finding the path would have been more challenging than I would have expected. We enjoyed lunch on top of Evans. Future temptations will be to have a car parked by that parking lot. It seemed the height down through the cavern in across the muddy swamp was just tiring as getting to this point. We got back to the car just as the last light from the sunset was going away. It was a great day.

woowww this is no joke. First 14er after having lived in the Denver areas for 2 months and doing some smaller hikes first. Definitely not an easy feat. I felt acclimated and just tired from a good long hike, my boy friend was visiting and definitely felt the elevation, but everyone seemed to be taking it slow and resting along the way, so there was no pressure to rush. With that being said, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to summit if that's your goal. The last 2 miles and the scramble up to the actually peak are tough, give yourself time to rest. We saw plenty of people still hiking up as we descended and thought they probably wouldn't have time to finish. Would recommend starting before 10 at the latest. It was extremely windy and chilly, especially at the top, so if you're questioning that extra layer, bring it, and gloves and face protector. Absolutely gorgeous views and incredible scenery, couldn't believe we were up so high

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