Evans/Summit Lake Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Evans, Mt. Bierstadt
Road Type:  Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the TH.
Directions:  Take Exit 240 at Idaho Springs on Interstate 70. Drive south on Colorado 103 for 13.5 miles to Echo Lake. Pay the entrance fee and drive 9 miles up the Mt. Evans road (Colorado 5) to the Summit Lake parking area.
Winter Access:  Closed at Echo Lake Lodge.
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2015-09-06 Made the drive along Hwy 103 South to Hwy 5 in the morning, and arrived at the park entrance/ranger station at 6:40 a.m., but no one was home. So, we proceeded and went on up to the Summit Lake parking area. There are two, separate, areas to park that provide access to the trailhead which will lead you to Mt. Spalding, the West Ridge, and Mt. Evans. We got the last spot in the closer lot to the trailhead. Folks were starting to park along the road as overflow on this Labor Day weekend. When we came back after the climb, we found a notice on our front windshield that said we needed to pay the park entrance fee. On the way back down, we stopped by the park entrance/ranger station and paid the $10 fee, and they marked us as paid on the ticket notice. The road was in great shape, and I talked to CDoT who said they would leave the road open up to the Mt. Evans summit top until the first significant snow closes it since there was extended reconstruction of the road in the Spring. We had a cold start with temps at 38 degrees F. and a nasty wind chill with gusts up to 30 mph making it feel like the teens. jmjr2k  1  1    
2015-08-06 Road to Summit Lake is Open! Just got off the phone with the Clear Creek Ranger District, the road is Open. George Mason    1      
2015-07-29 I did some digging regarding the road closure. The CoDot webpage has a breakdown of what is happening as well as a link to the CoTrip website with more information about statewide road closures. Link: https://www.codot.gov/news/2015-news-releases/06-2015/mount-evans-road-to-open-late-july Link: http://cotrip.org/home.htm;jsessionid=4F34DDC2B8AC39E2E2A312935A691E39.node1 sdman2006         
2015-07-20 The Road that takes you to Summit Lake is Closed. Found out the hard way when I turned at Echo Lake. Myself and other people were talking and we all mentioned how there wasn‘t a trip report. So here it is. The sign says it will be closed until August. You may want to check back here or call the forest station before going there. fireguyCO  3  2      
2014-09-24 Apparently the Mt. Evans Rd is closed (to cars) at Echo Lake as of 9/22/14, which is somewhat earlier than normal. There are places on the CDOT website showing it open to Summit Lake, and dry conditions- this is wrong. SoCool    1      
2014-09-18 Mt. Evans Road regulations have seen many changes lately. I observed the following: need cash only, exact change, "half price" right now, which I guess is $5 instead of the normal $10. But I didn‘t pay anything, I drove in after the booths were closed, road is open all night. The fee seems somewhat optional depending on your destination? The road is gated closed at Summit Lake, summit is only accessible on foot. There are new signs to pay $5 at Summit Lake self serve kiosk, administered by City of Denver. I didn‘t pay this either, I turned around and drove 0.3 miles back to a large dirt parking lot. Nobody bothered me sleeping there, no tickets on the dash late afternoon after hike. SoCool    3      
2014-06-13 The road to up Mount Evans is very much open in it‘s entirety to the summit, though my bicycle ride had to be aborted a few miles beyond Echo Lake due to high winds. I saw signs indicating an upcoming closure of the road in a few days; the road is going to be closed June 16-18 (next Monday to Wednesday), apparently for maintenance work. Urban Snowshoer         
2013-06-01 Here is a picture of the rockfall that closed the Mt. Evans road. Not too bad, but I could see someone being distracted by the scenery and running into it. jsdratm  1  2      
2013-06-01 It was closed from echo lake today even though cotrip.com said it was only closed from summit lake to the top scramble    2      
2012-09-09 The mt. Evans road is closed at Summit Lake. This adds 2 plus miles and 500 vertical feet on to Tour d‘Abyss each way. Nelson         
2012-03-31 Road still closed at Echo Lake, but is easily walkable without traction and if you are willing to portage 3-4 sections you can even bike to the top. Benji the Hunted         
2012-02-20 Evan‘s road is closed at the Echo lake lodge. Some fun snowshoeing up to treeline though. wattsup         
2011-06-03 The road is open all the way to the summit parking lot. Be prepared to see fat people, children and dogs as you summit! Nelson    2   2  
2011-05-27 According to www.mountevans.com and the Clear Creek Ranger station, the Mt. Evans Rd. opened this morning up to Summit Lake. Planning on finding out for ourselves tomorrow... reverette13         
2010-11-19 Mt. Evans Road closed for the winter. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-10-15 The Mt. Evans Road from Echo Lake to the summit (and Summit Lake) was closed for the season on Monday, October 4, 2010, presumably to reopen Memorial Day 2011. Slow Moving Fun Seeker         
2010-05-31 Mt. Evans road is open all the way to the summit crossfitter         
2009-07-17 Mount Evans Highway closed to vehicle traffic from 9 PM Friday July 17 to 1 PM Saturday July 18 for the Annual Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb. Marcos         
2009-07-17 Mount Evans Highway closed Tue/Wed/Thu during July 14 - 30. CLEAR CREEK COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be closing the Mount Evans Highway – State Highway 5 – on weekdays in July for road repairs. The entire 15 miles of the Mount Evans Highway will be closed to all traffic from the SH 103 junction at Echo Lake to the summit on the following days: Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 Tuesday, July 14 through Thursday – July 16 Tuesday, July 21 through Thursday – July 23 Tuesday, July 28 through Thursday – July 30 If adverse weather impacts the schedule, additional closure days may be required. CDOT will send out an update if more work days are needed. Repairs include leveling the roadway in areas where frost heave has lifted the asphalt surface and stabilizing numerous shoulder segments. Road closure information is available at all times on the cotrip.org website or by calling 511. Marcos         
2009-06-05 Evans Road is open to the summit. corinthia         
2009-04-26 Highway 5 (Mt. Evans Road) usually opens to Summit Lake in late May. Then, it‘s usually a week or more before the road is open to the summit. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-12-27 Closed 9 miles from Summit Lake, at the turn off from HWY 103. Mountain Woman         
2008-09-10 Rangers have closed the road 3 miles back from the trail head. Must hike along the asphalt road. interarma         
2008-07-06 Easy up about 1/2 mile before Summit Lake. There it starts to get really bumpy without warning. Look out for cars slowing down. geno71         
2008-05-28 Open to the top. BillMiddlebrook         

Evans and the TH seen from Mt. Warren (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-07-03)The TH and summit lake seen from Mt. Warren (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-07-03)

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