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Mt. Evans Ridge Trail #51

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 4.5 (11)

A killer linkup of Spalding and Evans.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

70%

Runnable

14,164' 4,317 m

High

12,866' 3,922 m

Low

1,497' 456 m

Up

199' 61 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

Almost all of this trail is in the Mount Evans Wilderness. Wilderness rules apply. Summit Lake trailhead access is from the Mount Evans highway which is generally open to Summit Lake Memorial Day through the end of Septmber. Trailhead parking is on Denver Mountain Parks property, which charges a fee.

Runner Notes

Rocky terrain for sure.

Description

This trail is the primary hiking trail to the summit of Mt. Evans.

From Summit Lake the trail climbs steadily to the summit of Mt. Spalding, From there, the trail descends to a saddle, then climbs the west ridge of Mount Evans to a point just below the summit, where it joins the Mount Evans National Recreation Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Thomas with improvements by Ralph Bradt

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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#141

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#880

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Photos

Beautiful overlook of both Chicago Lakes and Idaho Springs Reservoir in the distance.
Aug 2, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Goats guarding the peak of Mt. Spalding
Sep 4, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Mt. Evans
Jan 20, 2019 near Georgetown, CO
Summit Lake from Mt Evans summit
Jan 27, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
A look at the footprint near Evans' summit.
Mar 5, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Summit Lake glitters in the sunshine below the summit of Mount Evans.
Sep 14, 2015 near Georgetown, CO

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