We left from Littleton around 7 am to start the adventure. (Much later than other trips) We arrived at Summit Lake (after the pay station) around 8 am and quickly got going on the hike to the top of MT. Evans. Mom dropped us off and drove to the very top and waited for us to summit.
Starting from the beginning there are so many picture opportunities through out the trip.
Overlooking the Chicago Lakes
The incline to Mt. Spalding started right away, and got difficult in some areas. RJ broke off from the group somewhat early in the climb, so the rest of us hiked at our own pace. My dad soon got ahead since us girls were somewhat chatty and made often stops to "take in the view"
After talking to many people who started from the top of Mt. Evans and were hiking down we were able to catch a second wind and meet up to our waiting Dad. He was getting somewhat worried due to dark clouds rushing in so we booked it across the open saddle. As you start climbing up Mt. Evans be sure to go the right and follow the Cairns towards the side of the peak. This will avoid the steep ridge which is very technical.
The trail becomes difficult in areas and requires scrambling between rocks and in some areas on steep edges. Keep your eyes forward, the heights began to affect Myra. It got tricky in areas when encountering other climbers due to the trail being narrow, steep, and rocky. Don't be afraid to hug the rocks! We knew we were getting close because RJ looped back around and met up with us.
The trail comes out and meets up with the parking lot trail to the summit, where it got super packed with people. RJ and Rick went to the truck to get Mom and see if she wanted to do the short walk to the top so she could say she was able to climb a fourteener.
With all of us at the VERY top of Mt. Evans we cracked open some Colorado Native Beer and celebrated RJ's 4th Fourteener, Holly's 2nd Fourteener, and Myra's 1 1/2 Fourteener. (Rick has climbed some fourteeners since he moved to Colorado.
Being a couple, RJ and Myra took the opportunity to capture a photo of the memory they will have for years.
With the excitement and the mass amount of people at the top there are several opportunities to get the perfect Christmas Card photo.
Even with the clouds that rolled in, the view was breathtaking! At the top of Mt. Evans it was very rewarding to look down to see Summit Lake and where we started.
This is the perfect hike to do with the family. Even with technical areas we were all able to make it!