Panorama on Mount Evans hike in Denver, Colorado
Panorama on Mount Evans hike in Denver, Colorado

Mount Evans hike

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Mount Evans hike

Distance: 8.5mi
Elevation: 1,412ft
Time: 3.5-5h

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The Mount Evans hike takes you to 14264ft, with the route going along the West Ridge via Mt. Spalding is an epic hike that will provide separation from the crowds on this popular Colorado 14er!

Mount Evans hike Map

Getting there

From Denver, take I-70 west towards the mountains. Take Exit 240 in Idaho Springs towards Mt Evans via Mt Evans Rd. Enter the Mount Evans Wilderness and pay an entrance fee at the ranger station. Continue driving up Mt Evans Rd for approximately 9.0mi to Summit Lake parking area.

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About

When to do

April to November

Backcountry Campsites

No camping allowed on Mt. Evans

Toilets

Yes, primitive pit toilet

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Good

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


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Route Description for Mount Evans

The Mount Evans hike starts at Summit Lake, which is the highest lake in Colorado at 12835ft above sea level. Summit Lake is nestled into a glacial cirque between the north face of Mount Evans and the east face of Mount Spalding.

From the Summit Lake parking lot, follow the trail north, past a historic rock building, to an overlook of Chicago Lakes. A sign marks the start to Mt. Evans Trail and climbs up the East Ridge of Mount Spalding. Don’t take the trail up the ridge, and not follow the other route that follows the base.

After reaching the summit of Mount Spalding, make your way down to the Evans-Spalding saddle, following cairns south toward the West Ridge of Mount Evans. This rocky section of trail may require the use of your hands and has two prominent features. The first is a notch in the ridge which you must pass and the second is a false summit known as “West Evans”. Keep going and you’ll reach the summit of Mount Evans is at 14264ft.

After enjoying a break at the summit of Mount Evans, your return is to either head back the way you came, or take a steeper and more direct route down the Northeast Face Route of Mt. Evans.

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Insider Hints

  • There is a charge of $15 per vehicle to drive up Mt Evans Rd. Parking at Summit Lake is a $5 charge.

  • Altitude sickness is a real thing! Even though Mount Evans is one of the easier 14er, give yourself time to acclimate to the higher elevations and stay hydrated!

  • Start before 7am to have fewer crowds and to give yourself plenty of time to get off the mountain before afternoon thunderstorms.

Comments

rosevalley 2 years ago

Perfect views of snow-peaked mountains and blue sky!

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CandyJ 2 years ago

On a hot day, make sure to bring extra bottles of water because this hike will get you exposed to elements.

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Sammy L. 2 years ago

The last visit was a year ago and it was a wonderful place

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Stevie M 2 years ago

If you are new to this area, please take the time to go here. You don't want to miss this one.

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Sofia L. 2 years ago

Amusing hike with beautiful views of the surrounding peaks. Best to go early to avoid the huge crowd.

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will-perry 2 years ago

It's not as challenging as Gore Valley, but the views were as impressive.

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Jane Lewitt 2 years ago

Beautiful Mountain scenery, lots of hiking trails and wildlife. Awesome scenery!

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Eugene L 2 years ago

The melting glaciers look incredible. It was nice moderate hike.

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Kelsi Honet 3 years ago

Decent short hike. The snow-peaked mountains look gorgeous. Exceptional scenery.

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Jay Adams 3 years ago

Love the expansive views at the top.A must-do hike. Perfect for beginners.

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