Mt. Evans  
Condition Updates  
 
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. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2020-07-23, By: timkoh
Info: As the road to the summit is closed to all motor vehicles, a friend and I started from Echo Lake and biked up the 9 miles of road. Started at 7 am and reached Summit Lake at 9 am. We parked our bikes at the lot up there near Summit Lake and hiked up the ridge and around to Evans. Summitted around 11 am (we were so beat from the ride!). Peak and route is completely clear of snow. Easy route finding, nothing too terribly difficult, just keep walking At this point, biking is an absolute joy as there are no cars to worry about. Took us under 30 minutes to get down from Summit Lake back to Echo Lake. We were down by 2 pm after spending some time at the summit. Enjoy! 
 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-07-21, By: hikerjess
Info: 1/10 recommend this route. 1 for the gully not being so terrible, but the before and after is 0, very unpleasant. Left the parking lot at 4:15am to get a good start in order to do Evans, then Sawtooth, then Bierstadt. (We had already climbed Bierstadt before so we wanted to make sure we got to Evans before any weather). The willows are your first giant obstacle, and trust me when I say they are absolutely horrendous. There are numerous random trails you might find, but they soon disappear into more thick, 3-6ft tall willows. Very hard to navigate in the dark. It is also basically a giant swamp, too, with tons of mud and soggy grass. I definitely recommend bringing an extra pair of socks or really good water proof boots. The top of the gully loses the trail, so continue going SE up the ridge until you see the notch in the noted pictures. There is still a ways to go to Evans from there, so make sure you have enough time if you are planning on doing the combo. Coming up the backside of Bierstadt is a slog, but there are loads of cairns and its pretty straightforward. Stay lower along the towers to avoid class 4 moves. About a 12 hour day and we are in good hiking shape. All in all, I would avoid this way. Beautiful, but very humbling route to take. Safe hiking! 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-07-22, By: Carsonj20
Info: Camped Friday night in a “frowned upon” camping sight. Woke up at 2:45 and pounded two scoops of c4 then took off up Bierstadt. Took a kid that had never done a 14er from Wisconsin with us. Trail to top was good. Sawtooth was cash money and the gulley decent was cash money, swamp was god awful. Went home and got hammered. Good day. 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: NatDog
Info: Summer conditions for the entire route. We got an extremely early start at 0230 but it was worth it; we were the first party to summit Bierstadt and didn't encounter any other hikers until the descent from Evans. Plus the sunrise while descending from Bierstadt was beautiful. The descent down the gully (Scott Gomer Creek) was steep and loose in spots but manageable. Ankle deep mud was unavoidable in a few parts of the willows, but the trail was easy to follow. I wore gaiters to keep mud out of my trail runners but others got by without them. Shout out to a hiker name Matt who we met at Mt. Evans and who helped guide us down the gully and through the willows. Thanks man! 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-07-12, By: jordynmadsen
Info: After leaving the Bierstadt trail, it is wet and swampy a good majority of the trail until the gully starts. It isn't avoidable, your shoes will be muddy and wet, ankle deep. The mud almost swallowed my hiking boot whole. Through the willows, try to stay as close to the pines for your best odds of staying dry! The closer you are to the creek the more wet it is. 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-07-02, By: forbins_mtn
Info: Snow patch still lingering on ridge descending from Bierstadt. You can drop below it, or we stayed closer to ridge proper. Not really a problem The issue is the entire willows section is flooded. Be prepared for ankle/shin height mud and water the entire way. Trail appears for 100' then disappears into a flooded marsh. Keep following the mud and you will find your way back to the Bierstadt trail. Definitely one of the more miserable hiking sections I've experienced in a while 
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Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2020-07-01, By: bleaklogan
Info: Need to know status of weather 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-06-30, By: Vchapman
Info: Perfect weather all day. Route clear of snow except descent from Bierstadt. Started east of the snow, crossed high and came down ridge with no problems. Came back from Evans via South Clear creek to avoid willows. 11 hours, 14 miles. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: katfei
Info: Snow free to the summit, but super muddy trail from when you leave the Bierstadt trail to the gully 
 
Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2020-06-24, By: PikaSteve
Info: Great day for cycling, starting at the Echo Lake gate. Snow-free to summit parking lot--approximately 3500' and 15 miles one way. Road is in good condition---many sections repaved in recent years with other sections having cracks across the road, but nothing major. With no cars to worry about, all rough spots and small rocks were easy to avoid on the descent. Lots of bighorn sheep, mountain goats, marmots and pikas were out today. 
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Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: ejordan
Info: With road closed to motor vehicles hiked in 9 miles to Summit Lake before summiting Evans via the West Ridge and then hiking out via the road. Conditions were a little muddy and snowy but 100% manageable if you're willing to hike in. In total a 22 mile trip for us. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: geg86
Info: Fresh 8ish inches of snow and plenty of ice above the gully. Little snow below the gully, just very wet/muddy. If you do the sawtooth you absolutely need an ice ax/crampons. Had seen a summer conditions report previously, but this no longer the case. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: Been_Jammin
Info: Mud hike from TH to gully. Snow Hike from gully to summit. Gaiters highly recommended. To the rogue/unleashed black lab in the willows before the Evan's and Bierstadt trails diverge -> Your owner's trail etiquette is absolute trash. They should be ashamed. F them. I wish I could of told this to their face but they were seemingly non existent. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Echo Lake
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: AllTheMountainsPls
Info: Snow started up the ridge from Upper Chicago Lake -> Summit Lake. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: Toobaboy
Info: Was able to glissade a bit on the way to the Sawtooth. Trail was basically clear the rest of the way to Evans. Heading back to the TH gets pretty sloppy/swampy/muddy around the Beaver Ponds and the willows. If you don't have waterproof boots, your feet will get wet. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Echo Lake
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: meanderer
Info: Firstly, I appreciated the trip report from CJHubbard which gave me confidence to undertake and complete this route. I only recall one tiny patch of snow, on pretty flat ground, going up to Summit Lake. Very insignificant, and may be melted by tomorrow. So basically, no snow. However, on Mt. Spalding and on the trail just south of the Mt. Evans ridge, I would estimate approximately 5% of the trail was under snow. It was not deep and was fairly easy to deal with. I had microspikes and poles and didn't use either here. However, newbies should note this means your boots/shoes will generally be wet (slick) for a lot of rock-to-rock stepping, the snow can get slushy (slippery) in the afternoon, you will likely divert off the path in places to avoid snow (so remain alert as to where trail is), and these sections are at higher altitude. 
 
Route: Biked up Squaw Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: blazintoes
Info: Biked up Squaw Pass from Parker 99 miles. Ethereal to have the summit solo to pay respects for recent events. Road quality very rough to/from Summit Lake. 4 Very small snow patches to hike a bike through. 
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