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|2016-10-14||Route: West Ridge via Chicago Creek
Info: Just a bit of snow here and there. Nothing where I ever even considered pulling my spikes out of my pack. Cold in the wind though!
|2016-10-01||Route: Northeast Face
Info: Peak and Northeast Face were chilly, but no snow except for a few flakes that fell during the climb. Road is closed at Summit Lake. I highly suggest trekking poles for the steepness of the face's latter part. (ps I've done 11 14er's now, and this drive to the parking lot was the scariest part. )
|2016-10-01||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Info: Started at 5am, so it was a little chilly on the ascent. Still no snow on the route, but there is enough frost on the ridge sections to make some of the footing a bit tricky.
|2016-09-27||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Info: Beautiful day, we started a little after 5 am and had trouble finding the gully in the pitch black. Morning was cold but as soon as the sun came up, it felt like a warm spring day. Peak had no snow and barely any wind. The area through the willows was semi-frozen in the morning and bearable on the descent. Couldn't have asked for better conditions for this hike.
|2016-09-26||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Info: 25 degrees at 7:00 a.m. so the hike through the willows was not muddy yet, just crunchy and icy. On the way back, the willows were muddy in a few places, but relatively dry for the most part. No snow or ice up through the gully, or the rest of the climb. Evans summit was dry.
|2016-09-22||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Info: Hiked Mt Evans from Summit Lake via Mt Spalding and descended the Northeast Face. Both routes are free of snow although the forecast this weekend may change that. The Mt Evans road is open to Summit Lake (12,830') but not the summit. The restrooms on the summit are closed and boarded up.
|2016-08-29||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Info: We started at 5:50am from Summit Lake going up to Evans on the West Ridge via Mt. Spaulding and finished by descending the Northeast Face from the summit parking lot. A snowstorm pummeled us for the first hour, and much of the trail is muddy or covered in hard-packed snow (between 1 and 8 inches). I was taking my girlfriend and her room mate, neither of whom had climbed a 14er before. No one in our party needed traction, but I might recommend microspikes or poles for the descent. We all took a few tumbles but it was better than descending on dry scree. The ascent up is fine but snow-covered. Route-finding is not too tough, just look for the cairns.
|2016-07-16||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Info: Left summit lake 6:00am up west ridge via Mt. Spalding summitted Evans by 8:30 am with a dog and another member for both of their first 14er. Went down the Northeast face and made it to the parking lot in a little under an hour. A lot of sliding around the first half of the descent. Traffic was obviously ridiculous late morning. A lot of parking tickets issued so make sure you get that situation figured out. Not a bad little hike.
|2016-07-05||Route: West Ridge via Chicago Creek
Info: Started at 6am from Echo Lake. Currently lots of mud and puddles from Chicago Creek to tree line. Otherwise summer conditions. Only saw one other person from Echo Lake to Summit Lake, then about 15 more hikers between Summit Lake and the Summit.
|2016-07-04||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Info: Everything is in summer conditions at this point. For those interested in the Bierstadt-Evans route the Sawtooth is also clear and ready for traffic (see pictures). Comfortably cool in the morning; I started just after sunrise with shorts and a light jacket and was chilly for the first five minutes but comfortable the rest of the morning. Keep an eye on the clouds, the usual thunderstorms are rolling in in the afternoons and we saw the first dark grey thunderhead forming before 10. Other than that, excellent day and beautiful climb.
|2016-07-04||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Info: Route is all clear. Was a beautiful day- started around 7:30 and was back around 10:45. The trail is fairly well marked, but follow the cairns. If you park about a 1/4 mile before the summit lake parking/ the TH, this is a no fee area.
|2016-06-19||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Info: We started around 4:30am. Very windy conditions today. As you are approaching the summit there is an ice sheet at a 40 degree angle with poor footing and nothing for grip. We went slow across it on the way up because of the trail tracks. Not worth it! If you scale higher to the ridge you can avoid it which we did on the way back. Reached the summit at 7:00am due to stopped to watch the sunrise. We could have done it in 2 hours without stopping. Enjoyed the summit to ourselves which was amazing and not expected. 30-40 minutes at the summit and we were back to the car by 10am! Great trip!
|2016-06-10||Route: West Ridge via Chicago Creek
Info: Hiked from Echo Lake this morning to the summit. A low angle snow field between the lower and upper Chicago Lakes but it was firm and no issue around 8am. Above Summit Lake, going up the West Ridge, there are plenty of patches of snow to either slog through or maneuver around. The trail appears and disappears under the snow but no real issues. Getting to the ridge over or around snow is a bit slick. Once over Mt. Spaulding, about 20% of the remaining route has snow or snow to work around. Some postholing although not as much as expected despite the warm weather and wet snow. Be smart on the snow and microspikes or an ice axe are not a bad idea although there are plenty of people who traverse without them.
|2016-06-10||Route: North Face Moderate
Info: Solid freeze from Summit Lake to base of the couloir before sunrise, but snow is melting quick. Snow in the couloir is pretty solid and in good shape for climbing in the morning. half way up, about 6-10 inches of snow on top of solid ice, but bonded well. Top 200-300 feet were melted out. Overall, not worth the climb now in my opinion; plenty of better options in the area that are still in all the way to the top.
|2016-06-09||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Info: Summitted Evans today via Mt. Spalding and the West Ridge. Still a lot of snow on Spalding and the west side of the ridge leading up to the summit. Most of the snow has been blown off on top of the ridge and the summit, but if you're taking the standard route there will still be a lot of snow. Managed without snowshoes or spikes, but waterproof boots are a must. Snowpack was great for the most part, a few spots where I postholed. Some spots were worse than others; checked out the couloir on the saddle between Spalding and Evans because we were thinking about glissading down. Postholed pretty badly up to my thighs in multiple spots. Pack on the ridge was mostly great, the sun doesn't hit it early in the morning due to it being on the west side and is very stable. Once we were near the final push though, the sun was out and the snow got softer. At one point I postholed all the way up to my waist on both legs. Snow is very icy and windblown, I was wearing shorts so during this my legs got scraped. Definitely doable without snowshoes, but somewhat of a challenge. Finding the standard route was difficult, we ended up higher on the ridge than the cairns and it made for a few tough scrambling moves and icy traverses. The rock on the west side of the ridge is usually covered in ice, so be careful. Gloves are a must; the rock can be sharp and icy. We started at 5:10 and summitted at 8:10. Snowshoes might be useful on Mt. Spalding, but the west ridge of Evans seemed too steep for them. Microspikes would be very useful. Overall: a very manageable route but BE CAREFUL WHEN TRAVERSING UNDERNEATH THE RIDGE. It is very icy and windy, and would be a brutal place to fall. Summit was gorgeous, conditions were overall great!
Info: Mostly firm icy snow (summit around 7AM) with a bit of storm snow. No ice; direct is pretty much out, left start is a bit junky. We took the right couly start (moderate, 4th class top out) and traversed back left into the main Snave (lower angle snow with a couple steeper 4th class bands up top). Descended the saddle between Evans and W Evans. First 100 ft mostly dry.
|2016-06-04||Route: Northeast Face
Info: We drove up to the Summit parking lot and climbed a few feet to the summit. Super easy climb if you start at the parking lot. Road is clear the entire way up and you may see some goats on the way. We wanted to watch the sunrise so we arrived early but there was still a handful of cars coming and going so I recommend going early to avoid people. You don't need spikes or anything, most of the snow is pretty packed. Beautiful sunrise. Bathrooms are open at the top as well.
|2016-06-03||Route: West Ridge via Mt. Spalding
Info: Summit lake start at 0730 and snow conditions were good, frozen over and no postholing. Definitely recommend crampons for the hike up Spalding, general hiking shoes don't have enough grip. I used snow shoes and didn't have any problems getting up. Some fun glissading down the Spalding-Evans saddle then about a mile of scrambling in rocks and packed snow. Started alone but was happy to join a group of 3 and we were the only ones on the trail. Be careful if you're thinking about going without a group. Tons of wildlife and people on the road.
|2016-06-02||Route: Northeast Face
Info: Road is open and Mt Evans is open for business! Tons of traffic there already. Hit a couple lines on NE face - one on far right, continuous with some billygoating and one on far left - a short '50 ft downclimb is required. Ascended the line in the middle, but it's very rocky at the top and also currently requires a 70-100 ft downclimb. Summit ski is in, and goes pretty clean. Given delays in opening the road, was surprised not to see more snow up there, but it probably has to do with windloading pattern this year. Impressive (cleaned up) drifts on the road on the drive in, which explains the delays. Saw lots of wildlife out and about - baby goats, big horn sheep, right in the middle of the road or close by, completely oblivious to people and cars.
|2016-05-12||Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Info: The road up Guanella was plowed about halfway to the TH parking lot yesterday. Crews are chipping at the snow daily. Snow up the gulley has a nice hard crust in the morning but gets mushy in the afternoon due to the warm temps this week. Wore microspikes and carried my ax up. Glissaded down in the afternoon and strapped snowshoes on from the base of the gulley through the willow field. Still postholed in certain spots but not too bad.