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Mt. Evans
Clear Creek County, CO

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Northeast Face route
Looking up the Northeast Face route

Route: Northeast Face

To adjust for the altitude, I flew into Denver around dinner time on a Monday and stayed Tuesday night at that elevation as well. Wanting to take it easy on my initial high altitude hike, I opted for a short, non-technical route up Mt. Evans.

Starting around 6:30, I did the short road walk to the unsigned trailhead for the Northeast Face. The trail was increasingly steep as it climbed with some loose footing. Reaching the auto road, I quickly found the switchbacked trail to the summit, following some mountain goats initially.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Evans
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Parking Elevation: 12,850'
Destination: Mt. Evans
Time Elapsed: 00:51
Trailhead Elevation: 12,900'
Summit Elevation: 14,264'
Vertical Gain: 1,364'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:20
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,430'


The start of the Northeast Face route off the Mt. Evans auto road
The start of the Northeast Face route off the Mt. Evans auto road

Summit Lake
Summit Lake

A native
A native

Another native
Another native

Another native
Another native

Looking at Summit Lake from Mt. Evans - Click to enlarge
Looking at Summit Lake from Mt. Evans

Topographic map of Mt. Evans


Directions to trailhead: From Idaho Springs, take Route 103 south to Echo Lake, then take a right onto Route 5 (Mt. Evans Road). There is a self-serve fee parking area on the eastern shore of Summit Lake.

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