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 Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
 Post Date:  09/01/2012
 Date Climbed:   09/01/2012
 Posted By:  tatitot
 Mt Evans - from Summit Lake   

I climbed Mt Evans today!! 14,264 ft it was gorgeous.

I left Highlands Ranch, CO around 5am and was at Summit Lake by 6:15am and starting my hike at 6:20am. There were only 3 cars in the parking lot at this time. Walking along the road, I walked exactly 0.60 miles along the road *just like other TR have stated* and saw a cairn on my right and a trail heading up the mountain.

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View of Summit Lake


It was a pretty easy hike, there are plenty of cairns along the way up so it was pretty easy to figure out the route. I reached the end of the paved road (parking lot) in 1hr and 8minutes and my gps said I had hiked 1.18 miles. Then I headed up the last bit of trail/switchbacks **EASY** from the parking lot and reached the top in about 5 minutes. GPS said 1.50 miles.

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It was extremely nice weather this morning - needed my gloves, beanie, and down jacket for wind protection. But lovely day. Stayed up at the top for 15 minutes or so, and started my hike back down. I was back at my truck by 8:40am. 2hr and 20 min roundtrip and GPS ended with an even 3 miles. It was nice getting there so early and watching the sunrise over Denver. Such a clear day, I could see Longs Peak, Pikes Peak and plenty of other 14ers.

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This was my 11th 14er... I can't believe I waited this long to hike Mt Evans. It's so close to Denver and the 1.5mile hike up is great if you have never tackled a 14er before. Great beginner's peak and to see if you are up for the challenge of more! Loved it. Was back in Denver eating a bagel and drinking coffee by 10am. Time for a nap!



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