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Mount Evans Summit Trail

EASY 39 reviews
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Mount Evans Summit Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.5 miles
82 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly






scenic driving
2 days ago

The drive up is absolutely breathtaking and the views on top of the summit are just as incredible. You get to share this adventure with 150+ other people as well. Complete zoo.

3 days ago

Short, easy hike but you do feel the altitude.

29 days ago

There were many mountain goats which their young in the parking area. This is very exciting and they are used to seeing people and being near them, however I witnessed many people petting them or chasing them around. This is not okay. There should have been rangers regulating this, unfortunately they were only monitoring the parking lot. So if you plan on taking the drive and exploring the top please be respectful of the animals, observe from afar and stay out of their way. This is their home and we’re all just visiting. Also, if you see any of this behavior take place don’t be afraid to say something, just to keep everyone safe.

1 month ago

This is a short hike from the parking area to the top. Top was chilly and windy, so bring a jacket on this one. We hiked a little side trail on the way back down that takes you along a ridgeline. There were wildflowers, marmots, and chipmunks all over the place. Highly recommend it - It was nice to get away from the crowds!

2 months ago

Just hiked from the parking lot to the top. It’s only about a 15-20 minute slow hike on a winding path. Doable for all ages and totally worth it once you get to the top.

2 months ago

This is just the short hike up to the summit from the parking area. The views at the top are amazing! Bring a jacket... it was 90 degrees in Denver when we left but 45-50 at the top when we stepped out of the car.

2 months ago

Wildlife and spectacular views. Cool structures to check out as well.

5 months ago

Slept in my truck to wake up to the sunrise. Well worth it! Beautiful views

11 months ago

Easy hike up. Great views!

Friday, August 04, 2017

It was fun to climb up to the summit after the interesting drive up.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nice simple hike to the peak after an interesting and lovely drive up. Be careful of the rapidly and ever-changing weather up there and be sure to have warm and dry clothing available. Worth the $15 and be sure to stop and enjoy the splendour of Summit Lake.

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great views, but what an absolute zoo.

Friday, June 23, 2017

I hiked to the summit coming from Bierstadt via sawtooth ridge. It's a very commercial peak with nice views of the peaks to the north and south of it.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Did this hike this morning and it was unreal. I wrote a blog about it if you'd like to witness some of the phenomenal views and getter better idea of trail conditions and what equipment you need to make this hike successful.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Scary drive up with lots of tight switchbacks, costs $15, but is truly worth it. Jaw dropping views! And the short scramble at the summit is just enough to make you feel like you earned this fourteener. I would highly recommend checking this out.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 11th. The sight from the top of Mount Evans is one you will keep forever. what an amazing place.
The drive up is a bit scary, but well worth the view from the top.
The mountain goats posed for a lot of pictures, and the day was perfect.
Don't miss this adventure.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Go for the view

Friday, October 28, 2016

It's only a couple more steps after an adventurous drive but I don't care how people get there; it is just pretty on the top. I also love all the bighorns and mountain goats along the way.

Monday, September 05, 2016

felt pretty cheated when I finally got to Evans. went up bierstat and across the saw tooth to get there. almost turned right around when I saw you can drive to the top. lots of people in expensive ass gear to do a half mile from the parking lot . will not be returning. the sawtooth is where it's at if your looking for an adventure. pic is of sawtooth.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nice little scramble up rock to the summit of a 14'er in CO, Great way to top off the highest paved road in the USA, views are outstanding, can be busy though. You can almost always see mountain goats up here.

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