Evans/Summit Lake Trailhead
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Location

Road Difficulty

Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the TH.

Driving Directions

Take Exit 240 at Idaho Springs on Interstate 70. Drive south on Colorado 103 for 13.5 miles to Echo Lake. Pay the entrance fee and drive 9 miles up the Mt. Evans road (Colorado 5) to the Summit Lake parking area.

Winter Access

Closed at Echo Lake Lodge.
Status Updates 
  
Posted By: JulieKurtz18
Info: My husband drove up today and Mt. Evans Road is closed for the rest of 2020 due to COVID. Don’t go.
 
Posted By: s_silverman
Info: Road to Summit Lake closed at Echo parking lot.
 
Posted By: dwoodward13
Info: Road will remained closed from Echo Lake to motorized vehicles for the remainder of 2020.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD746971
 
Posted By: JeffR
Info: Bikers rejoice! The road is 99% passable to the end without touching snow. There were only 4-5 sections after mile 10 where I had to hike-a-bike, and none were >50’.
 
Posted By: JeffR
Info: Hoofed it up the road this morning (yay, sprained-ankle rehab). Completely clear for the first 5+ miles, then snowpacked for ~1 mile, then random ice and snow until Summit Lake. A front-end-loader crew was in the midst of getting it on right where the road crosses to the east side of the ridge. Between that and Mother Nature, I’d wager that the road will be clear to SL within a week or so. Talked to the loader driver, their only plans for at least the next few weeks are to clear the road to SL. For the remainder, I imagine they’ll wait for the sun to do most of their work (due to the late opening), then they’ll come back during the last 2 weeks of June to finish the job.
 
Posted By: planet54
Info: Read and decide for yourself https://www.skyhinews.com/news/mount-evans-highway-opening-delayed/
 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The Mt. Evans road is now CLOSED at Echo Lake for the winter.
 
Posted By: 123tqb
Info: When my climbing partner and I returned to the parking lot at Summit Lake, a park ranger suggested that hikers should avoid the Northeast Face route to let it revegetate. Instead the West Ridge routes should be taken.
 
Posted By: RyGuy
Info: From the Clear Creek County Sheriff: "Highway 5, the road up Mount Evans from Highway 103, is now CLOSED due to adverse conditions. This will likely be for the season."
 
Posted By: aim54pheonix
Info: Closed at Echo Lake
 
Posted By: sky_high
Info: Road is in summer conditions all the way up. As usual, potholes aplenty but nothing else of note. Summit Lake was already mostly full at sunrise. Many goats in the area, especially around the lake early in the day so watch your speed or you might end up with a new hood ornament.
 
Posted By: HannahBearCO
Info: Summit Lake parking area is open. If you have any of the interagency passes, you do NOT have to pay the $5 to park there. If you don’t have the pass, then you must pay the $5 parking fee or you will receive a $35 ticket from the city of Denver.

Plenty of snow around, but most has melted from the parking area itself. There are patches of ice near the trail that I saw a few people slip and fall on, so spikes are recommended in the immediate vicinity of Summit Lake and the trail.
 
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: The Mt Evans road is now plowed to the summit. Biked up last night (5/25). The Echo Lake gate was closed. The Summit Lake gate ~ 9 mile marker was open.
 
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: The Mt Evans Highway is plowed to about 7 miles from the gate at Echo Lake/Highway 103. This is at 12,574 feet, about 2 miles from Summit Lake & about 7 miles from the summit parking lot.
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Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: See picture. A sign on the closed gate at the start of the road says bikes and hikers OK.
The road might be plowed to some point now...in preparation for opening? It appears plowed behind the gate but I did not go any further.
The sign was not there April 13th & the road was not plowed, in fact it was deep in snow & didn‘t have any vehicle tracks on it. Anyone hiked or biked up recently???
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Posted By: JQDivide
Info: Closed for the season, 2015-2016 winter.
 
Posted By: jmjr2k
Info: Made the drive along Hwy 103 South to Hwy 5 in the morning, and arrived at the park entrance/ranger station at 6:40 a.m., but no one was home. So, we proceeded and went on up to the Summit Lake parking area. There are two, separate, areas to park that provide access to the trailhead which will lead you to Mt. Spalding, the West Ridge, and Mt. Evans. We got the last spot in the closer lot to the trailhead. Folks were starting to park along the road as overflow on this Labor Day weekend. When we came back after the climb, we found a notice on our front windshield that said we needed to pay the park entrance fee. On the way back down, we stopped by the park entrance/ranger station and paid the $10 fee, and they marked us as paid on the ticket notice. The road was in great shape, and I talked to CDoT who said they would leave the road open up to the Mt. Evans summit top until the first significant snow closes it since there was extended reconstruction of the road in the Spring. We had a cold start with temps at 38 degrees F. and a nasty wind chill with gusts up to 30 mph making it feel like the teens.
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Posted By: George Mason
Info: Road to Summit Lake is Open! Just got off the phone with the Clear Creek Ranger District, the road is Open.
 
Posted By: fireguyCO
Info: The Road that takes you to Summit Lake is Closed. Found out the hard way when I turned at Echo Lake. Myself and other people were talking and we all mentioned how there wasn‘t a trip report. So here it is. The sign says it will be closed until August. You may want to check back here or call the forest station before going there.
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Posted By: SoCool
Info: Apparently the Mt. Evans Rd is closed (to cars) at Echo Lake as of 9/22/14, which is somewhat earlier than normal. There are places on the CDOT website showing it open to Summit Lake, and dry conditions- this is wrong.
 
Posted By: SoCool
Info: Mt. Evans Road regulations have seen many changes lately. I observed the following: need cash only, exact change, "half price" right now, which I guess is $5 instead of the normal $10. But I didn‘t pay anything, I drove in after the booths were closed, road is open all night. The fee seems somewhat optional depending on your destination? The road is gated closed at Summit Lake, summit is only accessible on foot. There are new signs to pay $5 at Summit Lake self serve kiosk, administered by City of Denver. I didn‘t pay this either, I turned around and drove 0.3 miles back to a large dirt parking lot. Nobody bothered me sleeping there, no tickets on the dash late afternoon after hike.
 
Posted By: Urban Snowshoer
Info: The road to up Mount Evans is very much open in it’s entirety to the summit, though my bicycle ride had to be aborted a few miles beyond Echo Lake due to high winds.

I saw signs indicating an upcoming closure of the road in a few days; the road is going to be closed June 16-18 (next Monday to Wednesday), apparently for maintenance work.
 
Posted By: jsdratm
Info: Here is a picture of the rockfall that closed the Mt. Evans road. Not too bad, but I could see someone being distracted by the scenery and running into it.
 
Posted By: scramble
Info: It was closed from echo lake today even though cotrip.com said it was only closed from summit lake to the top
 
Posted By: Nelson
Info: The mt. Evans road is closed at Summit Lake. This adds 2 plus miles and 500 vertical feet on to Tour d‘Abyss each way.
 



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