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Mount Evans Scenic Byway is a 27.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for birding, road biking, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 27.1 mi Elevation gain 7,060 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Road biking

Scenic driving

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

Views

Wildlife

Snow

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Reviews (89)
Photos (394)
Recordings (37)
Completed (319)
Erika O.
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Hiking

Absolutely amazing! Highly recommended, the views are breathtaking. It was an epic day of climbing.

Brad Dubis
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Road biking
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Amy Long
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Hiking

Shaded, fairly flat trail. Lots of aspens. Going out it’s downhill so it’s all uphill on the way back.

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Leanne Kahler
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Hiking

fairly east trail, though moderately busy traffic

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John Bingman
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HikingRocky

Little windy but we saw a goat and got some awesome pictures

Blake Hunt
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Hiking

Did this drive today. It’s cool. Lots of goats. The road can be a little scary at points but just take it slow and you’ll be fine. Amazing view at the top and along the way.

Rene Rodriguez
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Hiking

It’s got everything. Frozen lakes, tundra, little hikes, big hikes, lots of mountain goats, marmots, summit scramble and scary drives! Of course, great views all along the way. What a day!

Betsy Otten
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Tyler Jensen
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Hiking

Beautiful trail at the top! We saw plenty of goats!

Mack Graham
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Hiking

Most beautiful views from the very top. Once you drive, there is a short rocky hike to the peak. The altitude change caused dizziness, so be sure to pace yourself. There was a 20+ degree change from the start to top.

Jason Kretz
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Scenic driving

We went up yesterday afternoon knowing the weather might not cooperate. The fog was very thick for much of the drive adding to the adventure. When we got near the top it suddenly cleared and we could see some sunshine here and there. What a great reward after a sketchy drive. It was such a unique experience to drive up to a 14k peak. We saw a herd of goats and a solitary male goat along with other small animals including a beautiful red fox. It was a great part of our trip and I’d love to do it again on a clear day.

Mei Preimesberger
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Scenic driving

Went Mid July 2018,. saw some mountain goats on the way up. Driving was somewhat hairy for someone from Texas. beautiful views along the way.

Penny Briscoe
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It’s a paved road to the top with many trailheads from the paved, main road. Lots of beautiful options and chances to get your dog off leash if desired.

David Francesco
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Super dope! So many trails and beautiful scenery!

Emily Maddox
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Views were great, but there was a lot of traffic. Very easy drive.

Zaid Fadul
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Scenic driving

The summit for Mount Evans is close to 14,200 feet and is apparently the highest paved road in North America. There are tons of beautiful lookouts on the drive and we completed this as the leaves were beginning to turn. If you are afraid of heights (like me), definitely let someone else do the driving...

Kolton Kropf
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Scenic driving

Amazing views!!!

Fernando Rubio
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Nature trips

It’s a beautiful trail, with an more beautiful parking lot. :)

Christa M.
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Hiking

I never tire of the view from the top. Great drive. Even better climb, but I am sure that it is somewhat of a sore spot when you go through all of the hard work to summit this 14teener only to see a giant parking lot at the top. Ha-ha!

Tom Gayner
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Scenic driving

Completed on Thurs 6/28. There's a checkpoint about 14miles from the summit, where admission cost $15. Up until the checkpoint the drive is scenic and relaxed. Once you get past the checkpoint the road changes; becomes narrower, no barriers and far more bumpy - the driver has to be awake! Having said that, the drive is a lot of fun - great views where you can see for miles. There's a couple of area's to stop off on the journey up; viewpoints, a little shop (I think, although we didn't stop and go in), and Summit Lake. The road takes you to a parking lot just shy of the summit, so you can hike the final 100ft or so. My group and I certainly felt the altitude up here, but there were also a lot of younger kids who seemed fine! Make sure to bring some warmer clothing, as although it was about 80deg down in Idaho Springs, it was cool enough for us to throw on jackets and pants at the summit. The view at the summit was truly amazing and well worth the white-knuckle drive up!

Brettney Rebecca
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Scenic driving

So awesome

Matt Ritter
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Hiking

$15 entry fee. Worth every penny. It feels like you're driving on top of the world. Insane views. We saw tons of mountain goats and beautiful bluebirds. Enjoy this! Also, be sure the driver is paying attention at all times. It's a little wild up there.

Charley Walters
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Road closed 5/17

Ryan Boyd
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Hiking

For some reason, they had the road closed to the summit, even though it was perfectly clear and drivable for the first 3 miles and even had a parking lot up there to park. We walked the road and made it to about 7.5 miles before a blizzard blew in and turned us back around. We were hoping to see some mountain goats but had no luck. We did see a few bighorn sheep. Definitely would be better to wait until it opens and drive up.

Hanh Phuc
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Hiking

Went on a Sunday in mid April. Snow covered trail the entire way, but still doable in tennis shoes. Just be careful. Had 4 kids... 8, 7, 5, 2 (carried her). Easy without the snow, tricky with snow but still very enjoyable. Close to Denver and can hike morning or afternoon.

Charisse Tamburelli
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Scenic driving

Beautiful drive, gorgeous views, and lots of wildlife!

Jessi Marchese
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This is a beautiful drive in the fall.

Nishan Hainds
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Sick views

Julie Ragains
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Hiking

This drive was the most beautiful, exhilarating experience! Saw lots of big horn sheep and marmot. The leaves were changing, making the views even more incredible. We hiked a bit around summit lake and on the Mt. Goliath trail. Be prepared for 50 + mph winds and cold temps at the top!

Lynda Trout
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Scenic driving

Beautiful scenery, but scary drive. It felt and looked like the roads were about 1 3/4 lanes. They were crumbling away on some of the edges. It was pretty a pretty exhilarating drive for sure. Long horn sheep, lots of flowers, beautiful scenery. Quite a temperature drop from bottom to top so bring a jacket. You will want to walk around once you reach the top the summit is 14,264 ft.

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