Ascent of Mount Evans on 2009-09-12

Climber: Josh Luzania

Date:Saturday, September 12, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Evans
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Why I spent my first summer in Colorado without climbing a 14er, I will never know. But by the coming fall, we thought Mount Evans would be a nice thing to visit, particularly because we knew we could drive to the top. Way back in 2009, I don't believe the trail from Chicago Lakes to Summit Lake had been completed yet, so hiking to the summit from Summit Lake was your only single digit mileage option. Hiking from Summit Lake was something of a whim for us, as we had brought some water but hadn't planned to actually hike from here. Upon seeing how "close" the summit looked from the lake, we decided to make a go of it. Fortunately, as we thought we would be on a longer hike elsewhere, we all had at least one large bottle of water and a couple camelbaks and were dressed for the late summer 14er weather. Given the overcast day, I'm not sure I would have hiked this trail if I'd had my later thunderstorm 14er knowledge, but we went on blissfully unaware. Maybe it was cold enough that we felt we didn't have much to worry about.

At this point, we were all still fairly new Colorado residents, so our hike at 13,000 feet already had us out of breath early. But we pressed on and made our way on the ridge as it circles around Summit Lake's basin. Flatter, grassier terrain gives way to a steepier, rockier section on the southwest side as you approach Evans' summit. Fortunately, there were plenty of cairns to show the way. Eventually, we reached the summit on a popular day. We enjoyed the views, took pictures of a family visiting from out of town, and decided to take the road back to our car. Even got to see some of the resident mountain goats on the way down!
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Summit Lake  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km

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