|Peak:||Mt. Evans (14er)|
|Route:||West Ridge via Chicago Creek|
|Date of Information:||01/05/2013|
The road was closed at Guanella Pass Campground with packed snow to the summit of Guanella Pass. The Bierstadt trail was bootpacked to the point where I left it for Evans. At this point, snowshoes became desirable. The swampy area around Scott Gomer Creek was mostly frozen, but beware of any ice without snow on it; it is still receiving liquid water and will become slushy during the day.
I climbed slopes to the left of the creek that runs northwest of Spalding and then traversed Spalding's northwest and southwest slopes rather than climbing the creek that runs between Evans and Spalding as in the route description.
The slopes around Spalding and Evans had thin snow cover. The cairned route along Evans's west ridge was almost dry. I didn't do the Sawtooth Ridge, but include a picture for anyone who is interested.
I did not use additional traction, and used an ice axe only because I prefer it to trekking poles.
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