Mt. Evans Walkthrough
How to Run Mt. Evans
From Summit Lake, follow a wide gravel path counterclockwise around Summit Lake’s shoreline, out of the parking area . Continue to follow the trail up a short rocky hillside as you gain the ridge and leave the gravel path for packed dirt single track . You’ll soon pass by some steep couloirs visible throiugh notches in the ridgeline, with Chicago lakes below. Continue to follow the ridgeline, keeping an eye out for cairns above you [9,10]. The high point of the ridge is Mt. Spalding, 1.2 miles in at 13,830ft .
After you descend Mt. Spalding, the trail becomes thinner, but occasional cairns mark the way. You’ll make your way across a plateau, aiming for the area where Evan’s ridge meets the plateau. From the shallow notch [19, 20] where the plateau meets the ridge, the trail becomes harder to follow as it crosses through rocks. Watch for cairns. You’ll stay beneath the ridge [23-29], not topping out until you ultimately hit Evan’s summit .
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Climbing your first mountain or 14er is an exciting and rewarding experience! You’ll get the achievement of seeing the world from above and the feel-goods of the endorphins from the exercise. However, the mountains aren’t a walk in the park, and getting down is mandatory. Some situations require extra caution and a little know how. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to get to the summit and back safely.
Whether you are training for a race or simply indulging in all the wilderness has to offer, there are a variety of factors, some constant, and some changing, that are likely to have an impact on your journey. Knowing these factors can help ensure your safety and get you back to the trailhead safely.