Mount Evans Summit Trail Via Mount Evans Road

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Mount Evans Wilderness

Mount Evans Summit Trail Via Mount Evans Road is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,338 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Straight up the mountain no switch backs just straight up. Took us a while but was awesome and saw goats

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rocky
9 months ago

A quick stop on the way from GJ to COS, the road to the peek is closed, one direction I was turned back by the weather, going up the road I passed a steep short cut to the top by going too far down the road, the app ( because of no service) did not draw out the map & trail data !

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9 months ago

We enjoyed the trail today. It is as described by previous hikers, steep, loose, yet beautiful hike up to Mt. Evans summit. We saw no one else hiking our route today (out & back from Summit Lake parking lot). A few hikers came down the trail when we did following our summit. The crowds at the summit are large, mostly of car passengers who were poorly dressed for a 14er. We didn't spend too much time on top before returning. We saw a large group of mountain goats, 10-12 total, with a mix of adults & young. We saw lots of Pika who were very vocal as we passed.

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10 months ago

I hiked this trail as the final portion of my full hike of the Mt. Evans/Mt. Spaulding Loop. This is ALL SCREE! It is slippery with loose rock everywhere. “Stairs” often crumbled under my feet. Watch for karins. They were essential. Beautiful scenery, though. Melting snow made little running streams. There were wildflower meadows. ...and mountain goats!

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10 months ago

Well, this is for people who doesn't do the real 14er. (lol) You can drive up to the "summit" and only need to do is a short walk/hike to get to the top. Feel bad for people who did the REAL 14er to get to this point. A ton of kids chasing mountain goats and parents are not saying anything, so annoying. FYI: Good luck finding a parking spot this area as most everyone park here for a view or to chase mountain goats <sigh> 07/28/2019 #40

Thu Sep 27 2018

Had a blast out here a few weeks ago. Managed to complete the out and back with 1 arm in a sling. I will do this hike again no doubt. https://youtu.be/PQPeVN17gpc

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Fri Sep 27 2013

Steep and beautiful. Air is a bit thin for this Clevelander, but we did alright for our first day. Aspens bright yellow. Lots of cliffs and stunning vistas. About 6 hours round trip to upper lake (summit adds 2 hours or so).

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Fri Jul 13 2012

Our group was urged to visit by our neighbors at Chief Hosa Campgrounds. They were fans of the goats. The drive is one of the most fear-inducing experiences I've had thus far. But the view from up top is worth it.

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Sat Jun 02 2012

Mt. Evans 1.5 mile route, steep! This is an aggresive route, but worth it as you look back @ the changing view on the way up.

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