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Ascent of Mount Evans on 2017-07-14

Climber: Mike Wright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Evans
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Summit lake and took the Mt. Evans trail. Steep to mt. Spaulding. Trail dropped down to a saddle (not far) then started an ascending side-hill through talus. This finally ended at the summit parking where the easy trail to the summit is found. Left PA at 830 and arrived at 1030. Left summit at 1100 and returned back over the same route. The route is 2.5 miles long whereas the road is 5 miles if you choose to walk back on the road. Maybe someone will feel sorry for you and pick you up. Unless you're drenched from a thunderstorm then no one wants to know you. As I observed from the PA as wet people were just ignored as they slogged back to their cars. Even ones with children hiking with them. So if you plan to hitch back better do it while you're still dry at the top.
Overall, I underestimated this hike thinking it would be an easy tick. That talus traverse seems to go on forever. On my way back I took the wrong turn at a junction that had me descending too far from the saddle. I realized I should have climbed up a small tower. No biggie, after I reached the saddle I began a rightward traverse until I got back on track. The other direction leads down a faint path into a gully to the side of the Sawtooth for those returning to Guanella pass. Lots of folks got caught in the rain having not heeded the 2pm thunderstorms warning.quite frankly I'm surprised the weather held for as long as it did.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Storms threatening all day but I made it back to the van before the thunderstorms predicted for 2 pm



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