Ascent of Mount Evans on 2009-07-11

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Evans
    Elevation:14264 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started off early, taking the road up from Summit Lake. I had planned on cutting off the road for a more direct approach, but I was having challenges with the altitude and appreciated the very gradual grade of the road. I also managed to see some mountain goats right by the road, which I would have missed. The road was an easy climb, and there were few cars on it at that hour. The trail from the "summit" parking lot to the real summit was also easy. I was surprised that there was no register (too many people?). It looked like there had been one as I saw half a register canister attached to the summit blocks.

To complete the trip, I returned via the northwest ridge and Mount Spaulding. Initially that trail was hard to keep, but the cairns (and a clear path) became more visible after the pass between the two mountains.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1880 ft / 572 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1880 ft / 573 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1430 ft / 435 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Mount Evans Road
    Start Trailhead:Summit Lake Trailhead  12834 ft / 3911 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1880 ft / 573 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1430 ft / 436 m; Extra: 450 ft / 137m
    Gain on way out:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Via Mount Spaulding (and other highpoints on the n
    End Trailhead:Summit Lake Trailhead  12834 ft / 3911 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2009 Mt Evans

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Evans2009-07-11 a1880 ft / 573 m
2Mount Spalding2009-07-11 c0 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 1880 ft / 573 m    Total Trip Loss: 1880 ft / 573 m

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