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A short, fun loop that ticks Blue Sky and Spalding.


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4.3

Miles

6.9

KM

Loop

14,162' 4,317 m

High

12,827' 3,910 m

Low

1,556' 474 m

Up

1,562' 476 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

66%

Max Grade (33°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

This route allows you to summit Mt. Spalding and Mt. Blue Sky from Summit Lake via the Mount Blue Sky Ridge Trail #51, then return more quickly to the TH by skipping the re-summit of Spalding on the way back. The views of Mount Blue Sky' north face for the first half of the route are impressive, and staying a bit higher on the ridge during the second half can offer some great 3rd class alpine scrambling. From the top of Mount Blue Sky you can take in panoramic views of the entire front range, South Park, and some of Colorado's eastern plains.

Need to Know

Reservations are required to park at Summit Lake. Rangers will ticket if you don't display your pass.

Description

From Summit Lake, follow the Mt. Evans Route. Blue Sky Ridge Trail north towards the Chicago Lakes Overlook. Then continue up the east ridge of Mt. Spalding for just over a mile to its summit. Drop into the Spalding-Blue Sky saddle, then continue up Blue Sky's west ridge to the summit, around 1.5 miles away. The trail stays below the ridge crest on the south side for the rest of the way to the summit, and is well cairned.

From the summit, find a faint trail on the east side of the parking lot at the top that leads down the northeast face of Mt. Blue Sky. This trail is steep and a bit loose, but shortens the distance significantly, and avoids down climbing some of the rockier bits of the west ridge. Follow this trail for about .6 miles till it hits the Mt. Blue Sky road, and stroll about half a mile back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain goats, marmots, and mountain sheep may be seen.

Shared By:

Owen Marsh with improvements by Ralph Bradt

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Summit of Mount Evans, 14TH ranked Colorado 14er, elevation 14,264 feet above sea level. (Please keep your distance away from the curious mountain goats for your own safety). Upper left third here, that point, is Longs Peak, 75 miles north.
Aug 10, 2019 near Georgetown, CO
Summit Lake
Jan 27, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Take one, or multiple moments to enjoy the epic view from this formidable summit.
Feb 23, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Make sure to pause and enjoy the views behind you too!
Jun 14, 2017 near Georgetown, CO
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

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Sep 21, 2023
Alex O'Connell
To shortly before Spalding summit; snow on Evans and flurries; reported ice later on trail. Marmot galore. Elevation 13,440 1.7mi — 1h 30m
Sep 18, 2023
Zoë Pearson
sunrise hike, decent amount of ice/snow but not too much to where microspikes are absolutely needed, beautiful wildlife on this trail early on — 6h 00m
Jul 12, 2023
Viktoriia Dmitrieva
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