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Mt. Evans Ridge Trail #51

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A killer linkup of Spalding and Evans.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Point to Point

14,164' 4,317 m

High

12,866' 3,922 m

Low

1,497' 456 m

Up

199' 61 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs Leashed

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Almost all of this trail is in the Mount Evans Wilderness. Wilderness rules apply. Summit Lake trailhead access is from the Mount Evans highway which is generally open to Summit Lake Memorial Day through the end of Septmber. Trailhead parking is on Denver Mountain Parks property, which charges a fee.

Description

This trail is the primary hiking trail to the summit of Mt. Evans.

From Summit Lake the trail climbs steadily to the summit of Mt. Spalding, From there, the trail descends to a saddle, then climbs the west ridge of Mount Evans to a point just below the summit, where it joins the Mount Evans National Recreation Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Thomas with improvements by Ralph Bradt

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  4.6 from 12 votes

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Beautiful overlook of both Chicago Lakes and Idaho Springs Reservoir in the distance.
Aug 2, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Goats guarding the peak of Mt. Spalding
Sep 4, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Traversing through boulder fields to Mt. Evans.
Jul 17, 2017 near Georgetown, CO
Mt. Evans
Jan 20, 2019 near Georgetown, CO
Summit Lake from Mt Evans summit
Jan 27, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
A look at the footprint near Evans' summit.
Mar 5, 2015 near Georgetown, CO

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Sep 13, 2020
Josh B
Aug 3, 2020
Lindsey Vetter
Jul 13, 2020
Zac Johnson
Jul 3, 2020
Chris R
First trip up to Evans 2.4mi
Sep 7, 2019
Charles Beck
Very cool. We didn't hike the whole trail, in fact the road was out so we couldn't drive to the summit like we planned. But amazing view — 6h 00m
Sep 1, 2019
Cat Evans
3.4mi — 2h 30m
Aug 31, 2019
Rachel Pierstorff
Planned to do the loop but couldn't find the descent, so did this as an out and back. 6.5mi — 4h 15m
Aug 24, 2019
Brandon McMahon