Ascent of Mount Evans on 2016-07-17

Climber: Swingshift Hiker

Date:Sunday, July 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Evans
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

A 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes

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