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, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1889 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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hiking
2 days ago

Great day out there! A really enjoyable trail. Be ready to climb some.

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7 days ago

This was such a fun hike. 14er's are always fun and challenging and Mt Evans did not disappoint. We were unable to make it to the full summit due to incoming weather but that is a part of the journey!

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15 days ago

Lots of bouldering and scrambling.

15 days ago

My first class 2 14er! We did veer off the path slightly on the way up from Mt. Spalding. Went early on a Saturday morning and there were very few people on the trail, making it harder to follow. Just look out for the cairns! Up top, there were too many tourists which made the spot a little too crowded to hang out and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment! Went down the other way which seemed much shorter but it was pretty steep with loose rock, so make sure you have really good shoes!

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18 days ago

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22 days ago

We reached the trailhead about 6:45am on a Sunday morning. Most but not all parking spots were taken.

We hiked the loop - Summit Lake to Mt Spalding to the summit and down the NE face (the thin black line that connects to the road, which is reflected on the topo map AllTrails provides). Total distance: 4.97 miles and 5 hrs 16 min, which includes lunch, bathroom breaks at the top (yes, facilities at the top).

It's a beautiful hike and challenging (tricky ascent to Spalding followed by the boulder field - definitely class 2), but extremely rewarding. If you return via the NE face, you'll drop 1,200 feet in elevation in 0.7 miles, according to my sportstracker app. There's a fair amount of scree so definitely bring poles for the descent.

hiking
22 days ago

Accidentally went to Evans instead of Beirstadt but I'm glad it happened! This mountain is a great climb! It'll test your endurance and strength, and the pay off is incredible! There are a lot of other hikers and tourists but still a great 14er to complete! Be sure to wear good shoes as the saddle is a very rocky. Happy trails!!!! And remember to have fun!

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23 days ago

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23 days ago

Accidentally hiked this mountain because google maps said this was the way to bierstadt, nope. Overall great hike but be sure to stick to the route and look for cairns! A group of us got way off trail and it turned into a class 2/3 scramble. Just keep your eyes peeled as you start to climb. Great views and pretty easy climb if you actually stick to the trail. Great to meet fun hikers!

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