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Date Friday  8/23/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title Scramble: Mt Evans (14,231’) Loop Off-Trail *
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Durham Monsma
Co-Leader Robbie Monsma
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type
Climbing Class Class III
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain 2000'
Driving Distance 90


Wooly Mammoth BB at 5:45 am for a not later than 6:00 am departure.  This trail is bright and sunny all the way.

There are restrooms at the TH and at the peak.

This is mostly Class II, but expect a few brief moments of exposure on the way, hence the Class III rating. 

From the Summit Lake parking lot off Mt. Evans Hwy (14,264'), a Denver Mountain Park, we first head west up and over Mt. Spaulding (13,842') Then head across the alpine tundra with great views of the Bierstadt sawtooth, and then start a scramble south/southeast up and over boulders, scree, and alpine tundra half-way around Mt Evans. Climb the final short switchback trail to tag the Mt Evans summit to enjoy the view and have "lunch," then plunge down Mt Evans' steep and slippery north side back to the parking lot.  Some off-trail or at least will seem so.  Helmets, traction devices, and hiking poles recommended.

The Summit Lake Parking Lot requires for every car either a paid day permit or a National Park Senior Eagle Pass placed on the driver's side dashboard. So, even if you do not plan to drive for the carpool, please bring your Eagle Pass if you have one, and we'll make sure there is at least one pass in each car.

Let us know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the trail.

Interesting fact:  A federal commission is considering whether to re-name Mt. Evans as "Mt. Cheyenne Arapahoe" because of Governor Evans' connection to the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre.  The name Mt. Soule also has been proposed in honor of Capt. Silas Soule, who refused an order for his unit to participate in the Sand Creek Massacre. 

For more info Contact

Durrie Monsma,, 303-573-4923 (home)

Robbie Monsma,, 203-536-4199 (day of) (Yes, that really IS a 203 area code!)

If you have to have to cancel the night before the trip or that morning, cancel online and TEXT us because emails get lost in the in-box.



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