Peak(s):  Evans B, Mt  -  13,577 feet
Date Posted:  03/21/2015
Date Climbed:   03/15/2015
Author:  Marmot72
 That Other Mt Evans  

"Mt. Evans?"
'The fourteener viewable from Denver?"
"No, the majestic middling thirteener by Leadville."

Poor Evans B. No Sawtooth ridge. No paved road to its summit (though a 4x4 road to nearby Mosquito Pass.) Evans B is like the plain friend to the pretty girl in the Homecoming Court, the sibling that flunks out of college. But one thing Evans A has that Evans B thankfully hasn't? Hordes of people!

It's been a frustrating winter with regard to mountaineering for me this year. No summits. So with the last weekend of winter presenting a bluebird forecast, but still some avalanche concerns, I heaved my less than svelte winter-beer-weight-body to the computer to see what kind of conservative last-minute 13er summit I could do.

Evans B. A paltry 8 miles and 2,800 feet from summitpost. A mediocre summit bid, and in tribute to mediocre 80s hair-band Great White, i sang to this little peak "My, my, my, twice orphaned, once shy, Evans." For I had twice orphaned this lesser Evans - first when I summited Sherman, Gemini, and Dyers in a half-day late-Spring romp, and second in an early-Spring tour de Tweto and pals.

Thus is born Evans B, winter warm-up.

Ever wonder why anyone chooses to live in Leadville? I saw this view to the west shortly after sunrise, and I'll never wonder again:


I parked at the winter closure on Park County 3 (7th St from downtown Leadville) and hiked up the road. The road passes an old wooden mine structure on the left, and later makes a hard left at a modern day mining tower of some sort. This road gets tons of snowmobile traffic, which makes hiking it great. Shortly after the modern building, this is the view:


As the road swings widely to the south, I chose to follow a snowmobile track on a more direct eastern path. It worked well for most of the time, but then I began post-holing up to the thigh, and had to bear-crawl to a rock to strap on my snwoshoes. Shorlty after, I rejoined the road again.

Here's a view back at my crawl tracks and the panorama behind:


Only a few minutes after that, I had this view of Evans B ahead, with Dyer to the south.


I kept to the road as it veered northward toward Mosquito Pass and then I left the road to zig-zag southward upslope to gain the ridge leading to the radio station buildings on the lower ridge leading to Evans B. While accused of taking the path of most resistance in summer, I'm apt to find the way of least resistance in winter, so I formed my own switchbacks up this slope, keeping to where the snow was thinner and eventually finding a broad path toward Evans' north ridge.

I stopped at the building for the radio facilities to get a drink. Surveying the fairly snow-free slopes leading to Evans' summit, I decided to leave the pack and snowshoes here, and made the quick jaunt up to the summit.

Here's the view from the radio shack:


Here's the view of the final slog to the summit:


I kicked around the summit cairn, hoping to find a register. Alas, there is none, so y'all have to trust me that I stood on that hallowed ground. It was a pretty, tranquil day, and this was the view I enjoyed to the southwest:


It was a perfect, sunny, cloudless, windy day, but I lingered for only 15 minutes because I wanted to make sure to start getting down before the snow softened too much.
Here's a view north toward Mosquito, as I neared the northern edge of the broad summit area of Evans B:


It was quick, easy work to get back to the radio shack. From here, I made a tactical error that others should avoid. I contoured off the ridge proper to shortcut to the string of power lines leading up the slope from the basin. Doing so caused me to cross a slope that has potential to slide and cast you down into the basin below. The smart thing is to simply reverse the route along the flat, broad ridge. I saved little time with the detour and took on unnecessary risk.

I plunge-stepped down the slope until lower down closer, but not quite to the road, this became unfeasible and I was once more sinking past the knee. I then donned the snowshoes again, made the way to the road, and then followed it back to the car for a nice little 5 1/2 hour tour. Yes, I should have been faster. Too many IPAs, and not enough cardio in the cold, dark winter months.

But a great little winter warm-up hike, a beautiful day in the mountains, and some precious solitude.

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 Comments or Questions

03/22/2015 13:55
Nice winter hike and great pics!


03/22/2015 23:32
That’s exactly why I just moved to Leadville


03/24/2015 15:19
isn’t the Path of Most Resistance, Steve. Evans B – Dyer ridge in winter is more up your alley. Feel free to try again.

We were nearby! I would’ve invited ya if I knew you were hiking that weekend.


the Evans trifecta
03/26/2015 23:54
Location: Montana, United States, North America
Lat/Lon: 46.04992°N / 113.18968°W
Object Title: Mount Evans
County: Deer Lodge

the other other Evans, just saying

Evans B
it seems like so many years ago I hiked this one....

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