Peak:  Mt. Evans (14er)
 Route:  Mt Evans Road
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Eagle Eye
 Date of Info:  11/16/2020
 Date Posted:  11/17/2020

Mt Evans Road conditions. Late afternoon yesterday (Monday 11/16) I pedaled the fat bike from the gate closure to the summit. There is a lot of new snow and drifts, especially in the first 3 miles. In some places I pushed & wasn't able to ride through. After about Mile Marker 5 there is only partial drifts extending into the road and then higher up the road is (mostly) blown clear. A lot of the big gaps and breaks in the road were recently repaired and sealed up, especially around Summit Lake which is Mile Marker 9. The drifts that will grow big enough to block the road are forming at Mile Marker 12. The Crest House thermometer showed 27 degrees at 10:56 pm.

PS. I tried out a new set of Maxxis Minion series snow tires which work pretty well and I ran the minimum 8 psi in them.

 Comments or Questions

Fat bike tracks
11/17/2020 18:46
Saw them when I hiked the road today (only to Summit Lake... I felt like 18 miles was sufficient for a mid-November stroll :p ) and can‘t say as I‘m surprised they were put there by a forum member. Nice work!

Eagle Eye

thank you!
11/18/2020 08:49
YES of course, getting to Summit Lake is an accomplishment! The lake area always seems especially cold with the wind blowing off the ice. Sometimes I duck into the rock shelter at Summit Lake to get out of the wind, but this time I pressed on to keep my body temperature up. I look at tracks too. I think between the forest closure (that just last Tuesday got lifted) and super high wind over the weekend the road hadn't been traveled much recently.

I doubt the Mt Evans summit has had many recent visitors either, the last Peak Conditions posted here was almost a month ago in October. congratulations, Mike Via

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