Mt. Evans  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Chicago lakes to summit lake
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: Ben
Info: Went up Chicago lakes to summit lake. 2 small (20 yrd) snowfields. Easily avoidable. Some mud but nothing major. Goats, sheep at lake. Ran down road which was totally clear save for a 10 yrd stretch of frozen snowmelt. Was around 8:30 am on the decent. Weird with no cars or other people up there. 
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Route: CO-103 / Mount Evans Road
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: pcallen1015
Info: I rode my bike to the summit via CO-103 and Mount Evans Road, starting from Idaho Springs around 6am. CO-103 is pristine. Mount Evans Road is mostly clear, but there are still several sections of the upper half of the road that are covered with snow drifts. Some of these, you can simply walk around, others you'll have to walk through. More notably, I encountered a few spots where snow melt had frozen across the road. It wasn't always immediately obvious that the water was frozen, so be extremely cautious when trying to cross. Note: I was out fairly early and it was quite cold and windy. By the time I was descending, most of these patches had begun to melt. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Echo Lake
Posted On: 2020-06-04, By: Gweilo climber
Info: Oficially the Mt Evans road is not going to be open this year according to 9 News today 
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Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2020-06-04, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Mt Evans Road conditions: I pedaled the fat bike up late yesterday, finding the road to be in great condition. Around Mile Marker 5 some of the high inside walls that were plowed out initially have now fallen into the road. Then at Mile 11 1/2 and again at Mile 12 drifts still cover the road. They can easily be gone around, or through. I rode down after sunset using ~1000 lumen headlight/headlamp combination and safety glasses or eye protection are needed due to moths! There is a lot of drainage and water crossing the road but I didn't encounter ice anywhere. The gate at Echo Lake remains closed, and its 14 1/2 miles each way from the fee gate to the summit parking lot. Its about 9 miles to Summit Lake from the gate. 
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Route: West Ridge from Echo Lake
Posted On: 2020-06-03, By: CJHubbard
Info: I left echo lake with the goal of running/hiking to summit lake. I was feeling pretty good when I got to the lake so I continued up to the summit. Dry conditions above summit lake besides one or two very short patches of snow. Plenty of goats around. It's a long trip but worth it. 5hrs 49min 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: Snow_Dog_frassati
Info: We did Evans via the Sawtooth. Gunallea Pass was still closed at the winter trailhead. Summited Bierstadt at 5:30. No significant snow on the ledges or the crux of the Sawtooth. There was plenty of snow to deal with coming off of Beirstadt that seemed to partialy obstruct the trail. It is somewhat avoidable but I was glad to have microspikes and the ice axe regardless and would recommend them. It might be possible to stay more true to the ridge where there wasn't as much snow but we didn't try. After that it was essentially summer conditions through the rest of the hike. Expect lots of mud and bushwhacking through the willows coming off Evans. It was tedious and messy to reconnect with the Beirstadt trail Overall an awesome day 
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Route: Mt Evans rd
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: Tssmith11
Info: 5/31/20 road update: road is clear past summit lake. Made it via bike to mt evans lot but had to walk a few sections due to snow. No more than 200 ft of walking total. 
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Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2020-05-25, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Mt Evans Road Conditions; Late Weds 5/20 I pedaled up the Mt Evans Rd to the summit lot from the Fee Gate. Some snow removal has gone on since the last Peak Conditions. All 14 1/2 miles of the road are clear except for the large drift area at Mile Marker 12. It now has a flat bulldozer path with tracks thru it and can be easily walked or ridden through. The seasonal Memorial Day opening was delayed (again) this year and the road is not expected to open until “at least early July” officially. See 3 attached pictures of the area still being cleared, which is about 3 miles past Summit Lake. 
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Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2020-05-07, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Mt Evans Road conditions: late yesterday I cycled my fat bike up the road from the fee station (gate) to the summit. The road is clear with these exceptions: at Mile Marker 1 a short section of the road is covered in deep snow. It can easily be gone around. Near Mile 7 a large downward sloping snowfield covers the road for a good distance maybe a quarter mile. It has a path and steps kicked into it. Near Summit Lake (Mile 9) the road is covered over with hard drifts and ice. Exactly Mile Marker 12 a huge drift blocks the road at a tight switchback. This is an every year drift that is very big and hard-packed. The remainder is clear enough to walk or ride to the summit. Its 14 and a half miles each way to the summit from the gate. No snow removal has been started on the road yet this year, the big built up snow pile at the gate from earlier this year has not been driven through. I last rode up (and posted) Jan 12th 2020. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Echo Lake
Posted On: 2020-04-11, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Hiked Evans and Spalding from Echo Lake - woof, what a day. Trail from Echo Lake to Idaho Springs Reservoir is packed snow and no need for snowshoes, spikes could be helpful. Once you reach trailhead and registry, snowshoes will be needed. I left mine at registry and deeply regretted this on way back. From wilderness entrance to lower Chicago lake is mix of packed snow, postholed snow and small portions of dirt (very small portions). Hill from lower lake to upper lake is fairly steep and spikes/hiking poles are very helpful. Ax not required IMO. From upper lake to Echo Lake is not fun at all. Mix of very loose summer trail, 6-8 inches of sugar snow and loose rock. Trail finding/knowing where you need to go and ability to navigate off trail is very necessary here. The cross over/ledges are a little sketchy and 100% require hiking poles and traction. Circumavigating off summer trail is also needed. Once at Summit Lake, the trail to Mt Spalding is very hard to follow and nearly impossible to do so unless you feel like trudging through 10+ inches of snow. I headed up to ridge directly (mostly just class 2/low 3) and it was much drier up there. From here to Spalding was straightforward. From Spalding to Evans was about 60% dry with some snow hiking required, but usually not very deep. Easy to follow the summer trail, but a few very small sections where spikes or ax might be helpful, but I never ended up taking mine out/off my bag. Summit of Evans was just me and the goats which was pretty cool. Summit of Evans is about 75% free of snow with only wind blown pockets holding on. I descended straight down the northeast face of Evans due to time and weather constraints. About as fun as it is in the summer with more snow. Hiking poles 10000% needed here. Road back to Summit Lake was about 1/2 free of snow and rest of the descent back down to the Chicago Lakes and reservoir were a pain in the ass with lots of postholing. Overall, a 14 hour day with 17.5 miles of hiking and about 5,000 ft of elevation and LOTS of trail breaking. Couple of notes: -The couloirs off Evans/Spalding all look pretty good but almost all of them have massive cornices hanging off. Happy to send pics to anyone who needs them. -Sawtooth is not going to be safe for a while, its about 90% covered in snow and the exit looks very sketchy. -Chicago Lakes are still frozen over, but it looks like the upper one may be starting to lose ice in the next 3-4 weeks if weather patterns hold. Feel free to message me on IG with any questions/further beta. Gear Needed: Gaiters Snowshoes Spikes Hiking Poles 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-03-23, By: timkoh
Info: We wanted to head up the gully to summit Mt. Evans, but a buddy and I were hearing some serious "whumps" and seeing pretty intense cracking in the snow indicating decently storm slab high avalanche risk (as was indicated by CAIC). We could have gone around the gully (kind of towards Grey Wolf Mountain) to avoid the steeper avalanche terrain and trap, but we decided to head up Bierstadt instead. (We did summit Bierstadt if you want to see my report on the West Slopes route: https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/peakstatus_peak.php?peakparm=500&type=14ers). 
 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-03-14, By: climbingcue
Info: Used snowshoes until the summit of Spalding and ditched them there for the hike to the summit of Evans. Came back down and headed over the Gray Wolf mountain. Used snowshoes again after coming back in the valley from Gray Wolf. Great weather for the last Saturday of calendar winter. It was a long day 13.9 miles and 4,961 vertical feet. There were 3 total in our group, so there is a nice trench through the willows. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-03-09, By: ML_Elevation
Info: The snow was very deep the whole way into the gully including the gully its self. We broke trail with our snow shoes and were still sinking a few feet down with each movement. We were turned back by a storm near the top of the gully and exhaustion from breaking trail. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-02-29, By: CJHubbard
Info: No concerns getting to the parking lot just beyond Guanella Pass Campground. Snowshoes or skis were necessary even while hiking up the road to the Bierstadt trail. The route towards Gomer Gully was basically unbroken except for a lone set of snowshoe tracks. The amount of snow was tremendous. Even with skis on I still managed to posthole up to my knees in certain areas. Once at the base of Gomer Gully I removed my skis due to the steepness. I really wish I had snowshoes for the first half of the gully. The postholing was relentless. About halfway up the gully the snow had blown out and this provided easier travel over loose rocks. There was the occasional patch of snow up to the Sawtooth but nothing significant to report. After tagging the Sawtooth I started towards the summit of Evans but was met by a herd of mountain goats. They made it clear they weren't going anywhere. The winds picked up and some sketchy clouds moved in fast. I was satisfied with my trip at this point and decided to bail. Slow going down Gomer Gully due to loose rocks but otherwise no issues. The trip back across the snowfields towards Guanella Pass road is a slog but beautiful. I was happy to have skis once I reached the road and could cruise the final 1.5ish miles back to the truck. Round trip was about 9.5 miles and 6hrs 20min. To summarize, bring snowshoes or skis and be prepared to work. Its a beautiful place. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-02-01, By: gluckhikes
Info: Similar to previous post about Sawtooth. There is a good trail that bypasses one of the switchbacks of the road and then heads into the willows before the summer trailhead. I hardly touched the summer route, but followed an established trail all the way to the gulley. Showshoes are helpful especially on the descent. Some snow in the gulley but mostly rocks in the steep area. A few tough/loose spots. Followed the cairned trail on the south side of Evan's ridge, high winds on the ridge proper. No significant snow hazards on the ridge. Much of the trail is exposed up there and easy to follow. 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-01-25, By: lvlivingston
Info: Word to the wise... just drive up in Summer. This was the longest hike. Lots of wind today, but the road is extremely easy to follow. No chance to ski down really yet. No microspikes either on this path. 
 
Route: East Face from Echo Lake
Posted On: 2020-01-20, By: Randy1983
Info: No traction/snow shoes/skis needed along the road nor the Goliath/Rogers/Warren ridge. Sadly not enough snow on any of the north face routes and the west gully(sunrise couloir) has a nice cornice I decided to avoid. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-01-19, By: jbealer
Info: 4 of us set out, 2 of us summited. There is a great trench put in from the turn off all the way up the gully. Need snowshoes till almost end of gully then we ditched them at the top. No need for any traction to the summit. We went up the left (north) side but found lots of wind slabs and broke some off, top half is fine on the left, descended the top section that we came up on then crossed to the the left(south) side and found deeper snow but no slabs. Very long day out with the trail breaking. 
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Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2020-01-13, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Mt Evans Road conditions: I cycled (on a fat bike) from the CO 103 gate closure to the summit yesterday. The road has mostly been hiked & skied in the first 2 to 3 miles and is less traveled as you go further up. The first mile and a half are snow covered and the rest varies but usually at least several feet or more width of the road is bare. Around Mile 7 a drift covers the road in a steep area. The flat, Mile 9 area around Summit Lake is covered over also. Mile 12 has the largest drift, it must be climbed around to re-join the road. Its 14 1/2 miles to the summit. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2019-12-24, By: SionaRW35
Info: Trench zigs and zags through the willows a bit, but generally it gets you where you want to go. Do watch out for the occasional missing snow bridge over shallow creeks. Also feel free to stash snowshoes at the top of the gully because they are not needed the rest of the way to the summit. 
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