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2014-06-11  Egis  Everything on Evans looks pretty good. Very little snow on the Sawtooth where it‘s actually an issue - didn‘t don crampons or use an axe (grumble grumble all those miles, all that weight). One place that it is, is on one the last towers - there‘s a part where you scamper up a bit, before sneaking to the east. I never liked the scamper up on snow, as I usually hit it pretty late in the day, and it‘s just a mess to try. Rather, I climbed the rocks to the right. If you‘re not comfortable with that, don‘t do the route. There was minimal snow on that horrid gravel incline that seems to me at least the crux of the climb, given the exposure - I opted for the higher version of the route: you‘ll need to scramble up a slight slot before it - there‘s a dark granite hunk of rock that marks the beginning. The Snave is also still in, be aware that the easiest way is probably to exit to the climber‘s right, and that a big hunk of cornice on that exact line really really wants to calf off. I‘d say the chunk is about 5‘ square, so be very careful, it is def. detached from the rest of the cornice. Lots of other snow routes on that face look great for climbing. I passed a party of 3 that were hiking up the route to Spalding hoping to hit chutes on Grey Wolf. That would have been unwise, as they don‘t bottom out - they look real thin. I agree with the advice that one should climb UP what one wants to slide DOWN, but that‘s just me. I think it‘s obvious from the top, but that‘s not always the case. Hoo boy, talking of couloirs, there‘s a beautiful one on Rosalie Peak of all places, just beautiful, totally in, what an incredible scene. 2nd apron also looks nice and dry! The rock there looks so nice. justiner   2014-06-12  0       
2014-06-07  North Face Moderate  Temperature upon arrival at the Summit Lake parking lot read 32F, but skys were clear up high. Everything else below was covered in a thick cloud layer. There have been some wet sluffs on Evans but none on the north moderate route. Its well shaded in the morning, and we had some wind and cloud cover that prevented the sun from ever softening the surface while we were on it The north moderate route is full of graupel that is welded together pretty well in most places. In most places you can kick good steps with some effort or front point. There were a few areas that you will punch through the crust a little but these are few and far between. The top of the route is melted out and youll have to do some scrambling for the ridge to the summit. Mike Shepherd   2014-06-07 4  3    Edit Delete 
2014-06-03  Northeast Face  Don‘t normally post much but didn‘t see much recently. Sorry I didn‘t get a better picture of the actual NE face. There were ski tracks off the summit parking lot. Great day. Some strong winds on the way down. We got a neighbor his first 14er hike. Great day. MaxHiker   2014-06-03 3     Edit Delete 
2014-06-01  West Ridge from Guanella Pass  I‘ll start by saying we didn‘t reach the summit but not for a lack of effort. Snowshoes would have been a huge help today as we were postholing the majority of the four miles (round trip) that we spent on the trail from the parking lot to the tree covered hill. Snow is still pretty deep in some areas (waist deep on my 6ft buddy and I) and on perfect sunny hiking days like today, it liked to give way to hidden pools of water as you traverse through what are usually the swampy areas. The banks around Scott Gomer creek are still pretty snow covered and if following the Bierstadt trail you‘ll probably have to get a running jump to get over it in the next couple of days. As you move away from the Bierstadt trail there are patches of the creek that are still snow covered and frozen over so if you are following closely to the creek you‘ll want to watch out for those so as not to accidentally fall through and end up under the ice pack. We didn‘t make it to the gully (too much postholing killed the legs and knees) but it still looked pretty snow covered and so we planned to go the long way towards Grey Wolf and Mt. Spalding. To make a long story short, perfect day for a hike...really, really needed snowshoes. HoosierPioneer   2014-06-01  0     Edit Delete 
2014-03-19  West Ridge from Guanella Pass  Took a day off to hike Mt. Evans with good weather & wind forecast. The road is well packed down from snowshoe/ski/snowmobile traffic. Took an early turn from the road and cut into the basin. The snow is firm enough and skis provided plenty of floatation. Skinned directly to Scott Gomer drainage and up towards Gray Wolf. Stashed skis at 12.5k and hiked to the summit and back in ski boots - not very comfortable but manageable. Fairly long day but skiing down from 12.5k made it a bit shorter. I would recommend bringing skis for this approach. Saw a big herd of sheep. Pic 1 - skinning atop the willows. SquareTop in the background Pic 2 - gaining the ridge Pic 3 - Sawtooth is looking snowy Pic 4 - area near the summit (almost dry) nkan02   2014-03-20 4     Edit Delete 
2014-03-16  West Ridge from Guanella Pass  Closed my winter on Mt Evans today, but figured I would post for people who might have a weekday off and are looking to sneak one last peak in before the calendar switches to Spring. -Typical winter trailhead, road has a couple of short icy patches, parking lot in good shape. -Road hike well packed out from snowmobile traffic, can carry your snowshoes, was a little softer in the afternoon so I left them on for the descent. The shortcuts for the switchbacks were not trenched, so I stuck to the road. -Trail to Bierstadt split needed to be rebroken, in the morning and again in the afternoon, despite traffic on Bierstadt. Wind wasn‘t bad but steady and enough to blow some powder into the trail, luckily it was only about angle deep. -Willow traverse was better than expect, good consolidation and mostly only ankle deep as well, also needed to rebreak on the exit -Gully in Bill‘s route description was dry, but I didn‘t take it, I left the willows early and worked through some rocks with some willow "trap" postholes, but generally good. Took this to the ridge that forms the left skyline when looking left of the gully from the route description. Stashed snowshoes before gaining the ridge (image 1, early morning so a little dark, sorry I had stashed camera on the way out) -Ridge was a mix of light snow coverage, grass and talus initially, and very windy. Topping out and traversing below Spaulding was in a wind shelter, initially ankle deep snow then weaving through talus and grass to gain the west ridge proper (image 2, aim for point in center to gain west ridge) -West ridge trail was initially snow covered and I stayed above it to avoid side hilling the snow patches. Beyond following the trail was the best option with occasionally avoiding a snow covered section on rock. Some wind, but mostly sheltered, all the way to the summit. -Image 3 is a view of the initial part of the west ridge -Image 4 is a view to the willow basin below from up high on the initial ridge. Chicago Transplant   2014-03-16 4  3 1  Edit Delete 
2014-02-09  Mt. Evans Road  Tried to skin up as far as I could along the Mt. Evans road for some exercise and to check out the developing Avvy conditions. I made it up about 4 miles from the Echo Lake Parking area (turned around at about 12,000 feet due to just miserable winds blowing right into me). LOTS of wind transport with this system. The western aspects of the road were almost completely scoured or solid wind slabs. My tracks were obliterated below treeline on the eastern facing sides in the 3 hours that I was out. I witnessed one large slough on a fairly tree-filled area below the road on my descent. Nothing too big, but I suspect more frequent and larger ones are coming soon. As I left, the area was getting another dump of heavy, wet snow in the form of big, fat flakes. I dont think conditions will be improving much over the next couple of days. shearmodulus   2014-02-09  0       
2014-01-20  West Ridge from Guanella Pass  The Georgetown side of Guanella Pass, us usual, is plowed to within 1.5 miles of the summer trailhead. The road is basically one giant bootpack. From the top of the pass, the Bierstadt trail was packed down but there was no trench toward Evans. About 2-3 hours of intense trenchbusting saw us at treeline, and from there the route was mostly dry. Lots of "whoomps" and shooting cracks, be careful out there. We stashed our snowshoes shortly before crossing Scott Gomer Creek. Crossing over the West Ridge of Spalding and onto Evans required only walking on tundra or shallow snow. Once on Evans, most of the summer trail was easy to follow. SurfNTurf   2014-01-21 4  5    Edit Delete 
2013-11-08  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  Trail is covered in icy snow off and on from the trailhead to just below (lower) Chicago Lake. Yak or other light traction device might be desired by some, but can be done in tennis shoes if needed (I would avoid rubbers which get hard and slippery when cold). From about 11k just below Lower Chicago Lake, there are sheets of ice on the trail, crampons are pretty much required, especially if you are descending. Above Chicago Lakes to Summit Lake, rocks and dirt dominate with much snow as well. I wished I had put on my gaiters for this section (its that deep sometimes), but not difficult or dangerous - and crampons were not required up at elevation. We did not go above Summit Lake on this route due to the high wind. Side note - the road from the summit is basically clear - you could carry your bike up there and ride it down the road. Hiro   2013-11-11 1     Edit Delete 
2013-09-28  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  Anywhere from 1-4" of snow is present from Chicago lakes up to the summit. Small spots of ice but no micro spikes or crampons needed. csprang   2013-09-29  0     Edit Delete 
2013-09-18  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  Everything is still dry up there, with the exception of the North-ish face. sergeisorkin   2013-09-19 4  2    Edit Delete 
2013-07-26  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  We ascended Evans after traversing from Bierstadt via the Sawtooth. The Sawtooth was clear of snow and well cairned (but never rely on cairns to get you through). After hiking up to Evans‘ summit, we returned to Guanella Pass via the West Slopes and headed down Gomer‘s Gully. The gully trail was steep, but in pretty good condition. Once you get to the valley floor there are several very wet sections, but you should be able to pick your way through without getting too wet. The trail is somewhat braided in sections, but the side spurs seem to come back to the main trail. jefwerner   2013-07-27  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-30  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  The section through the willows down low is the standard bushwack, and is very damp. You would do best to not try to keep your feet dry. The scree gully leading up between Spalding and the Sawtooth is snow free and easy footing. The stream is currently flowing almost all the way to the top of the gully. Snow is a non-factor on Spalding or on the traverse over to Mt Evans. The Sawtooth is also snow free, and all snow on the Bierstadt side can be bypassed. thebeave7   2013-06-30  0  2 1  Edit Delete 
2013-06-15  Bierstadt and the Sawtooth  Several cousins and I hiked the Mt. Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans route on Saturday, returning back to Guanella Pass through Evans‘ West Ridge and Gomer‘s Gulley. For our post-sunrise departure, we joined the usual summer Saturday morning crowds ascending Bierstadt. After summiting Bierstadt mid-morning, we descended down the northeast ridge toward the Bierstadt-Sawtooth saddle. The largest snowfield of the day began soon after, and was roughly a couple hundred yards across (Image #1). As long as we stepped carefully, there was not much of an issue with post-holing. Ascending the Sawtooth, there were several patches of snow in some of the steeper sections, but was fairly firm and not much of a problem. There was one patch in particular on the west side, shortly before beginning the ‘exit ramp‘ from the Sawtooth, that seemed like it might be tough to negotiate without an axe (which we did not bring), but really wasn‘t as bad as it looked once we got to it. The trail along the south side of Evans‘ west ridge had a good dozen or so snow crossings, but even by mid-afternoon wasn‘t enough to be a post-holing hazard or necessitate microspikes. Image #4 is a rather low-quality cell phone picture, but shows a wider angle look back at the snow along Bierstadt and the east side of the Sawtooth, taken from Evans‘ west ridge. For the return trip, Gomer‘s Gulley was nearly snow-free, but of course this time of year the trail along the beaver ponds and willows near Scott Gomer Creek were rather muddy in numerous places. We brought microspikes, but never needed them at any point. Post-holing was nearly non-existant (with a few notable exceptions). Carrying axes may have sped up the transition across a few of the larger snow fields (another party on this route used them), but probably not have been a huge benefit. If you descend through the Scott Gomer Creek basin, be prepared for mud and some boggy conditions that are at times difficult to avoid. Jasonicfederation   2013-06-17 4       
2013-06-15  Northeast Face from Chicago Creek  Climbed Mount Evans from Chicago Creek. The Chicago Creek Trail only has a couple of minor snow patches left, which are all easily avoidable. There is a bit of mud between Chicago Lake #1 and #2, but once your boots get muddy, it‘s pretty fun :-) All the snow on the Northeast Face is avoidable if you so desire. All that‘s to say, it‘s pretty much summer conditions, so go get it! By the way, if you‘re in to wildflowers, they will be pretty nice in about 7-14 days. I saw lots of wildflowers that were getting ready to go but hadn‘t quite bloomed yet. pklotzbach   2013-06-15  0       
2013-05-26  Mount Evans Road   The Mount Evans Road is now open all the way to the summit. I was able to ride a bicycle all the way to the summit parking lot today and made the brief hike to the official summit. There are are some puddles and gravel on the road, especially around Summit Lake, but nothing that is not manageable (even on a road bike). political animal   2013-05-26  0  4      
2013-02-08  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  Road was clear all the way to Guanella camprground. The snow was packed all the way to just below the Bierstadt TH. Creek was frozen and i would recommend staying on the creek as much as possible if you do not have snow shoes. We post holed most of the way until we hit the frozen creek between the trees. The gully was clear and not to difficult to climb. My hiking partner bailed at about 12,500 due to fatigue. I made it to 14,0012 before bailing to extremely high winds that were not forecasted. P.S. I‘m working in evergreen and can see Evans from the jobsite. There is a lot more snow on the summit as of 2/14/2013. There was no snow on the summit, the day of my hike. adam79   2013-02-16  0     Edit Delete 
2013-01-05  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  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. RWSchaffer   2013-01-06 4  1    Edit Delete 
2012-11-03  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  The trails through the willows had some ice, which started to melt a little in the afternoon. Once you get above the lakes and into the gully it‘s clear sailing to the summit Corn   2012-11-03 2     Edit Delete 
2012-10-13  West Ridge via Chicago Creek  Climbed Saturday, but did not summit. Areas down low until you reach the trough are very marshy / muddy. Be very careful not to get wet. Trough has snow about ankle deep in most places and the area above the trough around 13,200 is snow covered. Temperature at 13,200 Saturday was high 20‘s with 30-40 mph winds. tim_m1   2012-10-15  0     Edit Delete 

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