Ascent of Mount Evans on 2021-06-30

Climber: Keith Turner

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Evans
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up the night before to scope things out. Saw the sign right off I-70 saying you needed a reservation. Went online that night and reserved a parking spot at Summit Lake for $7 for the next morning between 8 and 10. Slept at the Walmart in Evergreen.

Next morning got to Summit Lake at 7:15. Gate was open 9 miles below Summit Lake but there was nobody there to check my reservation so I just drove up. Left at 7:30, 40 degrees. About 30 minutes in I was stopped for 20 minutes by 2 mountain goats standing on the trail. Once they left I headed up to Mt. Spalding at 8:50. A class 2+ move or two below Spalding. About 2 miles in you get to the start of the scramble to reach the Evans summit. Here the trail was hard to find. Many people were going to high. The trail was actually down a bit which didn't seem right but here you would find a few cairns. Easy, fun scramble except for the annoying guy from Texas trying to tell me what to do. Near the summit you see the parking lot and the mobs of tourists walking the short trail to the summit. Hit the summit then immediately turned around and headed back. Worst summit experience since Washington in NH.

Back to the car at 12:40 in 5.8 miles. Overall a beautiful area and a nice short quiet hike except for the summit experience which was a huge bummer but predictable.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2124 ft / 647 m
    Total Elevation Loss:710 ft / 216 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1769 ft / 539 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1414 ft / 431 m; Extra: 355 ft / 108m
    Loss on way in:355 ft / 108 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Summit Lake  12850 ft / 3916 m
    Time:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:355 ft / 108 m
    Gain on way out:355 ft / 108 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:West Ridge
    End Trailhead:Summit Lake  14264 ft / 4347 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes

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