|Peak:||Mt. Evans (14er)|
|Route:||West Ridge via Chicago Creek|
|Date of Information:||02/18/2012|
Parked at winter closure from Georgetown side, about 1 1/2 miles below Guanelle Pass TH. Avoided the standard route up gully due to avy conditions and went further north toward Spalding Grey Wolf saddle, then went over Spalding on way down and rejoined the trench that I used on the way up. Packed snow on road to TH, Snowshoes from TH all the way to about 13,300 ft on the south face of Spalding . Micro Spikes from there to Evans Summit. Route from West Evans to Spalding was rock hopping with some post holing, no real avy danger. I stayed away from cliffs edge here a little more than summer route just in case, but it felt pretty safe.
This route 13.7 miles / 5500 Ascent / 10 hours. Some really great snowshoeing.
I could see lots of people on Bierdstadt and the Parking lost was full.
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