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Mount Evans Summit Trail is a 0.6 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 98 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

partially paved

views

wildlife

rocky

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely alpine lakes at the top. Went in summer and saw many tourists wearing shorts—be sure to have on layers as it is much colder at the top. Easy to do with out of town guests who want to see the views atop a 14 er but aren’t physically able to summit one.

3 months ago

Some switchbacks to the summit. I enjoyed this trail with my dog. The views make it worth it! LOTS of people there when we went in September though. Hard to find a parking spot.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing view!! 112 in the city, Snowing at Mt. Evans. <3

hiking
6 months ago

The view is amazing! the hike its self is easy, but the elevation is intense. I had a hard time catching my breath while climbing.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved the easy walk to the summit after a crazy drive up to the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect walk if you're looking for an afternoon delight. As usual, be prepared to make new friends on the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views, easy drive up. Check out Echo Lake on your way up!

hiking
7 months ago

BEAUTIFUL!

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Get acclimated before arriving.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

This is good for those who want to travel to 14,000 feet without the work. Taking out of towners here is a good option as well. I don’t think it’s fair to make fun of people if they don’t want to do the actual hike. I hike year round and have done other 14ers, but that doesn’t make me better than someone just because they cannot physically ascend an entire 14er. Have some compassion and perspective. All humans have a right to explore and be exposed to nature in their own way.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views. Easy trail just bring sun protection shads sun block cause that sun strong up there.

hiking
7 months ago

You are right there. Go to the top.

hiking
8 months ago

Drove out from Denver to watch the sunrise. Was at the by 5:10am and was a beautiful morning! Pretty empty - a few other cars came out. The wind was blowing hard so be sure to wear a sweatshirt and jacket. Views were great. Stopped at summit lake and echo lake on the way down before grabbing coffee in Georgetown. Great way to start the morning. Oh! And it’s free that early too!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice little trail from the parking lot to the summit. Great views into the mountains and picking out peaks is a bit of fun.

hiking
8 months ago

I had a blast! My first 14ner. At the summit, even on a weekday (Thursday), it was teeming with 100+ people on the summit and in the parking lot near the summit. There was even a looong line of people waiting at the restroom. I actually hiked up from Summit Lake but you can drive to a parking lot that is a half mile from the summit. This listing here refers to that short trail from the parking lot. The views are stunning. Is there a 14ner that isn’t worth the work?

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no shade
rocky
scramble
8 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. I saw few people with dresses... <chuckle> 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

hiking
8 months ago

Worth it for the views

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Short but strenuous test if you're not acclimated to 14K. Snow on the trail forced a reroute scramble over some rocks but it's still an easy hike. Loved seeing the herd of Rocky Mountain Goats.

hiking
9 months ago

This portion of the trail is at the parking lot at the top of evans. Because of that, there are to many tourists that are taking selfies. I hiked up from summit lake last weekend. This portion of evans really isnt a trail. If you want a nice trail with views, start the hike at summit lake. It is only 4 miles and pretty easy for a 14r.

hiking
rocky
snow
9 months ago

With the snow melt still in progress, there was a section of difficult to traverse snow mid-way to the summit. Most folks scrambled up a rocky section to continue to the summit but that made the trek a bit more challenging. Got to see over a dozen mountain sheep who were comfortable mingling amongst the visitors. Happy to see rest rooms at the top.

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rocky
snow
9 months ago

Fri Nov 30 2018

I’m curious about the previous two posts, which state the road is open to the summit?

Sat Nov 24 2018

Very short trail up to the summit. But incredible views. The drive up was incredible as well! A must see for anyone visiting.

hiking
Fri Nov 23 2018

Scary drive up, but absolutely beautiful. Great spot to take out of town guests to see the sights. Went in the summer and it was chilly due to altitude.

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