Ascent of Mount Evans on 1973-06-30

Climber: SueAnn Miller

Date:Saturday, June 30, 1973
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Evans
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a go-to drive for my Denver family whenever friends or relatives visited, so I had enjoyed this summit many times in my youth, but we wanted to hike to count Mt Evans on our list of fourteeners. Living in Boulder at the time, it was easy to pick a good day in a good season.

In 1973 reasonable road went as far as Shwayder Camp at 10200 ft. The gain from here is 4000 ft. Rougher road continued to just above the Idaho Springs Reservoir around 10800 ft, where the gain of 3464+ ft would also qualify for the minimum 3000 ft gain required to count the summit at the time. I do not recall where we parked; we were in our 20’s so it really did not matter. Furthermore, Chicago Lakes Basin was a favorite of Albert Bierstadt, one of my favorite painters, so this was something of a pilgrimage. We walked up the Chicago Creek trail and camped at Chicago Lakes. The next morning we scrambled up to Summit Lake, then trudged up the slope from Summit Lake to the Mount Evans Summit. It is always fun on such a summit to observe the faces of the drive-up tourists who stare at you as though you are crazy for working up a sweat on a hike when you could ride up. We smile. We recommend this hike and this route.

We repeated the hike from Summit Lake with out children in 1987, and have returned driving up several times in the years since to enjoy the views, watch the mountain sheep and goats, and think about the past. Some of my mother’s ashes were scattered on the floral slope above Summit Lake.
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