Ascent of Mount Evans on 2011-10-16

Climber: john ward

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Evans
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived at Echo Lake at 3:30 am but didnt find the Chicago Lakes trailhead until 4. Descended to the Chicago Lakes and then entering the Mount Evans Wilderness, I followed the trail to the base of Mt. Warren (13,307'). Random patches of snow made it difficult to see and follow the trail in the dark. I missed the trail heading around the West side of the base of Mt. Warren and instead headed straight up to the summit. By the time I reached the summit (Mt. Warren) it was light out and I could see Summit Lake to the South and the trail up and over Mt. Spaulding's ridgeline to Mt. Evans. I descended to Echo Lake and then picked up the trail again. But it didnt take me long to lose it, largely due to the snow but also because it was very windy out and I was worried about going over the ridgeline. So I took a line about 600 feet below the ridgeline and followed it until I reached a dead end. Looking up I spotted some kerns on an overhang near the top of the ridgeline. I made for the kerns, changing the class 2 standard hike into a class 3 climb. Once on top of the ridgeline, I was astonished at how wide it was and how much easier it was then what I had been doing. From there on out it was easy hiking to get to the summit. I descended on the road (then closed) back to Summit Lake to avoid the snow and then stayed on the Chicago Lakes Trail all the way back to Echo Lake, arriving at 1:00 pm. Altogether it took me 8.5 hours (if I exclude the half hour spent looking for the trailhead in the dark, and a half hour at the end helping an injured hiker).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4014 ft / 1223 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Cold before sunrise. Strong gusts of wind
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4014 ft / 1223 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3614 ft / 1101 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route:Chicago Lakes to Summit Lake
    Start Trailhead:Echo Lake  10650 ft / 3246 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes

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