Mt. Evans  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2021-01-20, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Mt Evans Road Conditions: On Monday 1/18 I pedaled up the road from Echo Lake (gate closure) to Summit Lake. The first 2 miles are hard packed snow. It has been well-travelled and skied on. Beyond Mile Marker 3 which is about treeline, there are only inboard sections with snow and lots of outboard road space available to ride or walk on. Around Summit Lake (Mile Marker 9) the road is covered over in hard drifts for maybe a quarter mile. I could see clear road to about Mile Marker 10, but did not go any further than the lake. 1/21 added 5 pictures and captions 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2021-01-07, By: angry
Info: Booted road to winter turnoff. Snowshoed through willows all the way to base of gully where we stashed em (put in a good trench). Booted to summit. Did not use traction. 
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Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2021-01-05, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Mt Evans Road Conditions: Late yesterday I rode my fat bike up, from Echo Lake Lodge (fee gate) to the summit parking lot. This went very well, my last info about riding the entire road came from a December 9th Strava description. I ran the Strava app on this ride too. The first mile and a half has been well traveled/has well-packed snow I was able to ride on. About 2 1/4 to 3 are in deeper softer snow that I pushed through, beyond Mile Marker 3 (Goliath Natural Area) there is plenty of dry road to ride on. Around Mile 5, I saw a headlamp ahead and talked to a guy who had summited Mt Evans late in the day on the Chicago Lakes route and was returning on the road. Around Mile 7, sections of hard drifts slope downward covering the road, I walked the bike through these and microspikes make this a lot safer. (I have spikes on my pedals and wore microspikes the whole trip) The same drift situation is at Mile Marker 12, it blocks the road and has to be climbed over. It was too windy to ride from Mile Marker 13 to the summit lot, which is a mile and a half. The thermometer in the Crest House read 10 degrees. I was able to ride a great deal of the way down! 
 
Route: West Ridge from Echo Lake
Posted On: 2020-12-06, By: brauda02
Info: I did not summit today but I thought someone might find this information useful. The trail is very well broken out all the way to Upper Chicago Lake. There is no need for any flotation or traction to here though some might want microspikes in a couple spots. I briefly put on snowshoes to get to the base of the wall before Summit Lake. I got about a third of the way up the wall before turning around. There was a good amount of snow and a few traverses, and a top layer of slabs were breaking off. This sketched me out and I decided to turn around. 
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Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2020-11-17, By: Eagle Eye
Info: 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. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-10-13, By: dsr80304
Info: Whole route is in great condition. Some snow on the initial descent (maybe 200-300') from below Bierstadt summit down toward Sawtooth - a little slippery but not enough to warrant pulling out the microspikes. Stayed on the low route on the ledge - loose but manageable. Definitely got muddy on the exit, hard to avoid. Willows no problem. Great day! 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: timewarp01
Info: Route is totally dry the entire way; no snow at all on or near the ledge. Took the high route for the crux rather than the gulley to avoid the loose dirt. Almost made it through the willows without getting my feet wet but its definitely muddy. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-30, By: coopereitel
Info: I started at 9:00AM and returned to my car at 1:09PM. The cutoff to go this route is shortly after the river crossing on the main Bierstadt trail. There isn't a cairn or a well pounded in trail to look for. All it is is a trail of matted grass off the main trail in the first noticeable clearing. Then it is pretty self-explanatory where the trail goes from there. There is also an orange tag on a willow next to the trail. FYI there is a lot of mud and water on this trail down in the willows. Going up Gormer's Gully was not a problem. I stuck to the middle for the way up just to avoid the loose gravel on the side. I also have a weird preference for climbing on rocks. The gully was not a problem for the way down. I accidentally stayed on the ridge proper all the way to the summit because I didn't realize that there is a well marked trail that skirts just to the south of the summit ridge. This made me summit West Evans (which is a checkbox!). I hit the Sawtooth summit on the way down for fun. Going down I saw three people only until I met up with the main Bierstadt trail again. Great weather, haze to the north but none in the Evans area. I clocked 10mi ish on my inreach. This was a cool one. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-23, By: JasonCrane
Info: Unsuccessful attempt on Mt. Evans on Tues. from the West Ridge/Steep Gully route. Despite the dry conditions, numerous "mud holes" through the willows, seemingly unavoidable. Steep gully dry all the way to the West Ridge, with sporadic patches of snow in the large expanse to the hump, but easily avoidable. Lost the cairns at the hump around 13.9-14k feet & mistakenly descended repeatedly to what appeared to be trail below, but cliffed-out at the final bend & never saw the summit buildings. Retreated amidst modest snow squalls & darkening clouds. No snow accumulation. Disappointed, but relatively uneventful return hike. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: GordoByrn
Info: Route rolled as described with one exception. Right now at least, it's better to go about 1/10th of a mile past (what I think is) "the boulder" to make the left off the Bierstadt trail.The best, driest route stays higher than you'd expect. My down track shows it. See photo of the turn, which won't help in the dark, and GPS coordinates in a screen shot posted. https://www.strava.com/activities/4093943108 No traction on the way up. Microspikes for the descent of the steep loose parts of the upper gully. Lots of fun once the sun came up and we were able to exit the swamp! Strange to be alone at the top of Evans - just us and a couple goats. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-23, By: Sambvaughan
Info: Route was clear all the way. There was some snow in places around the route but we encountered no troubles. Wind was relatively calm. Bierstadt was packed so we quickly headed over to the Sawtooth. Willows were not fun on the way down - lots of mud. We were able to avoid most of the mud by jumping over the very wet spots - long day but a fun day. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: thebeave7
Info: A few patches of hard snow remaining, but easily avoided. The road is clear. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: blown4runner
Info: Little to no snow, a few small patchy areas on the Sawtooth and up Bierstadt west slopes, but avoidable. Evans is dry. No snow in gully. Didn't use/need traction. 
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Route: Road
Posted On: 2020-09-16, By: emcee smith
Info: Road is completely clear to the summit parking area, and trail from the parking area is completely clear to the summit. Disclaimer, there may be a few spots on the road where the snow creeps in 6-12" from the edge. Have fun, be safe 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-03, By: Troyister
Info: Arrived at trail-head at 4:45 AM 7-8 vehicles in the east parking lot. Temp. was below freezing as I could see frost in a few places with my headlamp. Trail to Bierstadt was easy straight forward. Bierstadt to Sawtooth was fun. Descending Bierstadt is very steep and no trail, you can see where others have gone here and there, and there are cairns to help a little bit but easy to see where to go. Climbing up to the point where you cross over the ridge to the north side was the toughest climbing on the route for me, but maybe I didn't take the easy way. The north side of the ridge that looks the scariest in the pictures was easy. Sawtooth to Evans challenge is following the cairns, a couple of times got off route and an easy scramble back on course. Evans to the top of the gully was easy, the gully is steep just like everyone stated before, but slow and steady and it is no problem. From the bottom of the gully to the trail in the willows I again got off track, bushwhacked for 50 yards and found the trail. Just keep to the left till you find the well established trail. A few places of mud but probably about as good as it gets with this trail. Some said need pants for the willows I had zero problems with shorts. This route is tough but a very fun route and nice to have a different return route for other views. Highlight of the trip was seeing what I believe was a Pine Marten between Bierstadt and Sawtooth, it came right up to me, I posted a photo. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-08-30, By: Alpinefroggy
Info: Effectively nobody on the summit due to the road being closed. I had the summit to myself for 10 minutes. Very, very windy. On descent to Guanella Pass I had no trouble locating and staying on the small trail through the willows that gives access from the descent gully back to the Bierstadt trail. Very mucky in parts but fairly wide. No bushwachking necessary. That being said, long sleeves and pants are a must to make sure overhanging branches on the trail don't scratch you up. 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-08-16, By: SARAH342
Info: Hey all! Couple things my group wanted to share from today: 1. Glenwood Canyon smoke. Depending on the wind, it can definitely affect your hike up Bierstadt so just be cautious, made it difficult to breathe at times and had two peeps in my group's eyes watering. That being said, Bierstadt is pie and impossible to lose the trail. 2. the Sawtooth is loads of fun! multiple ways to go across. Low trail requires less class III moves, upper more. The pictures make it look scary and technical and it's not. There is some exposure, but definitely an easy Class III. Wear a helmet though just in case! 3. Evans has some false summits. Don't be a dumba** like me and try to go straight up what you think is the peak. It was exhausting and unfruitful. Take the low trail and wrap around the base of the summit until you can see the observatory buildings and paved road. The trail can be hard to follow at times so look out for Cairns. 4. Descending was...confusing at best. We could NOT find the trail coming down Evans to descend on the East slope. We wandered around as the GPS mysteriously showed that we were standing right on the trail that we still couldn't see? Best bet, cut ALL the way right on the way down which will bring you to the entrance chute descending the gully. That trail, thankfully, stuck out. 5. The gully sucks. It's steep, it's rocky, it's got scree, it lasts forever. There was ankle rolling and falling on pricker plants. Bring poles to help if you can, but be prepared to hate that section. 6. "The Willows" are overgrown, but easy to navigate. Not sure why they are notorious? Made us think of Peter Rabbit or Secret Garden. Oh yeah, some reoccurring squelchy mud sections that are not avoidable. Have fun! 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: CaptCO
Info: Sawtooth goes ridge direct at low 5, still took the ramp afterwards. Not sure if the last tooth connects toward west Evans or not at 5.2~ < Once descending Evans to the gulley, there is a very good water source running, and a little mud. Found a clear trail all the way back with minimal bushwhacking which was a nice surprise. Parking lot is filling at 4am 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: cdgibbons
Info: On the Sawtooth, took a cairned route pretty far around to the right of the gendarme, which included trail segments, grass, some 2+ boulders and one class 3 move. The ridge is wet in spots from the recent heavy rains; increases the care needed on exposed sections just a bit. As has been reported elsewhere, the mud on the return trail is pretty spectacular. I found the trail easy to follow (from above, in daylight), but it's full of deep mud in many places. Since losing the trail isn't an option, not much choice but to plow through- bring the right gear, expect to get very wet, and try not to sink too deep too often. Or come back in the winter. Agree with Naturekin's report on where the trail rejoins; in addition to the flagging, this spot is close to pole #2 of the large wooden poles on the Bierstadt trail. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-07-24, By: Naturekin
Info: Having the Evans summit mostly to ourselves on a Thursday was magic! Willow whacking, even with spare teva sandals, in the morning was very wet and very cold. HOWEVER, we found a much better willow route on our way back down that avoided most swampage and was 90% solid trail the whole way. After you cross the creek, wait until after you pass the giant ~10 foot boulder on the left of the main Bierstadt trail. Then you'll see a stripped flagging attached to a bush with a faint trail. That's the one to go for. You will still get muddy though. 

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