Ascent of Mount Evans on 2016-07-17
|Date:||Sunday, July 17, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Summit:||Car|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||14264 ft / 4347 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA bit of a desecration I know... but this report is of my drive up Mount Evans. Having climbed Mount Elbert the day previous, bagging this 14er was irresistible, regardless of the method. I would liked to have hiked up from Summit Lake, or to have included the neighboring 14er, which looked less than a 1/2 mile away and a few hundred feet of additional gain. But, I had to have the rental turned in at the airport within a few hours.
From I-70 it took about 90 min to drive to the summit, about half of that time getting to the entrance of the park. I parked a couple of hundred yards from the parking lot at about 13950 feet elevation. The views to the west were spectacular, though to the east, it was hazy, so I couldn't really see the city. Due to the fantastic accessibility, there were about a hundred other folks, of all ages and fitness levels on the summit.
I planned to bag the Denver City High Point on the way to the airport. A woman at the gift store suggested I take Colorado Highway 103 to the right, rather than back to the I-70. I made my way through Evergreen and onto US285, which dumped me into Denver at the very southern edge, where the Denver High was.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||314 ft / 95 m|
| Trailhead:||Couple hundred yards from parking lot 13950 ft / 4251 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Partly Cloudy|
| Time:||15 Minutes|
| Time:||10 Minutes|
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