Mt. Evans  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2022-08-04, By: disentangled
Info: I can understand why someone who has done Sawtooth in trail runners and then descends this route would find it miserable. However, it's a terrific way to summit Evans in summer, if you have good waterproof gear to go through the wet willows in the morning. The mud in the marshes can be easily negotiated with waterproof boots, although this section was much better in the afternoon when the willows were dry and there was less puddled mud. There's a clear trail through the entire section of willows and marshes all the way to the gully. Look for the initial turnoff about a tenth of a mile past the creek crossing. I personally wouldn't consider this a bushwhack, since there's a clear path and no need to break your way through the vegetation. Bring a few additional warm layers as well as waterproof gear, as it's cold along the creek and the gully doesn't get the sun until later in the morning. The stretch from the top of the gully to where you join the trail to the ridge is lovely and peaceful. 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2022-07-25, By: takelifeoutside
Info: Great conditions, staying in the 50's around the summit. Posting to note that cairns were leading a lot of people off the normal trail and into some class 4 climbing areas. When in doubt stick to the right, so you don't have to end up in an uncomfortable position if you are just out to hike. 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2022-07-23, By: kimbuk2
Info: Started around 5:45 am, easy start on the Bierstadt trail but once you veer off to hike towards the gully, it's pretty sloppy. There is a trail but you still have to bushwhack through wet willows and the trail is pretty muddy (shoes got pretty wet/muddy) for about 2 miles~ to the start of the gully (you'll find some dry trail but lots of mud spots interspersed). Gully is...gully. Steep, loose scree, etc. Once you get to the top of the gully it's kind of tundra-y, easy hiking up to the west ridge, then follow the trail to the right (south), which requires a tiny bit of a down-climb but takes you pretty much to the summit. Recommend bringing extra socks! No other extra gear is necessary. About 10 miles round trip. 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2022-07-22, By: 76dorihe
Info: Started at Guanella Pass. Excellent conditions. Left the crowds on Bierstadt behind and easily followed the cairns (one every 20 feet) across the Sawteeth and then had easy going picking my way across the broken slopes to Evan's west ridge. Turned around on Evan's west ridge due to fatigue, age (6, fitness and lowering clouds. I was glad I wore gardening gloves on for the second half of my hike in any section that was 2nd or 3rd class. 2 Mountain Goats above the willows on Bierstadt during the descent. There's snow around but none on the route. Here's a shout-out to the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation Center for their new, inexpensive sparkling clean, tiled ($7) showers. They're in Idaho Springs. 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2022-07-15, By: blessed13
Info: Clear all the way, I got off route not to far into it and got cliffed out and then just had to climb to the top to regain trail. (I got off route on photo 7 in the description, so make sure you follow the directions there.) 
Route: North Chutes
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: MaryinColorado
Info: Didn't actually climb (or ski) but thought visual beta could be helpful for some of you especially since it looked like there was evidence of some decently fresh turns. 
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Route: Sunrise Couloir
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: MaryinColorado
Info: Didn't actually climb it but thought visual beta might be helpful for you coolie climbers and skiers especially since it looked like someone recently skied it. 
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Route: West Ridge from Echo Lake
Posted On: 2022-06-27, By: Will_Quillman
Info: Summer conditions and swampy in a handful of spots. Did not see a single person on the trail until about 10am on the way down. This of course excluded the trail from summit lake up, there was quite a few people starting from that point. RT about 6.5 hours. Have been on Evans 3 other times but this was my first ascent starting at Echo, she is a slog of a hike for getting back into shape. 
Route: West Gully
Posted On: 2022-06-22, By: RockyMountainHermit
Info: This was my first class 3 snow climb. The snow was ok, it was a little soft. There were areas with snow clumps that seemed to be more sturdy. At times I had to dig in with my foot sideways to hold a good position. I only had one axe, but two would have been helpful. I skirted the cornice and went to the right near the top through a rock outcropping. After I finished up around 1pm taking the West Ridge route to the summit then a trail over the east side to the road and back to the Summit Lake parking lot, the gully looked a lot more brown then when I started. 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2022-06-20, By: jahaka
Info: One or two icy spots lingering between Spalding and Evans but didn't need the spikes. Some heavy gusts in the same section + at the summit made for some fun. Got there around 6:30, summited at 8:15 right as clouds were rolling in. Had more trouble finding the cairns coming down than up but more user error than anything. 
Route: West Gully
Posted On: 2022-06-19, By: rhammond530
Info: Sunrise Couloir is in good shape. Perfect snow conditions today, cornice is not overhanging. Left parking lot at 4:30, crampons on at 5:30, topped out at 6:15. Descended Mount Spalding due to poor visibility and deteriorating weather conditions, back at parking lot at 7:30. 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2022-06-15, By: Scott King
Info: Like people have posted previous, most snow is melted by now. There is some snow on the south ridge of Spalding, making for rather slick descent to get to the saddle of Evans, but not impossible. Microspikes or yaktrax would be preferable in some sections, but I didn't end up using mine. The wind was nasty as you cross the ridge below for first false summit of Evans, but once you get over the ridge and start boulder hopping, it really isn't that bad until the final push to the summit from the upper parking lot. Following the cairns during the boulder hop was rather difficult getting to Evans, but they are rather obvious coming back. 
Route: W bowl mixed
Posted On: 2022-06-14, By: Marmot72
Info: Melting fast. Took crampons and didn't need them as boots sank in easily. Found some great slabs above the the vanishing couloirs, and running water made many spots unfeasible. Route to the bowl was longer because no snow cover on the ground to the SE of the lake, and signs say to stay off. In earlier spring, could walk on snow above those little signs. So walked around N and W side of lake. Evans summit crowded but biking the road to summit lake in the morning - and down again in the afternoon was not bad. There's a reservation system for cars on the road, so the traffic was very light. 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2022-06-13, By: awatch26
Info: Trail is 85% snow free from Summit Lake, but very wet in spots. Logged 7.2 miles and 2,500' on the hike so be prepared to walk a bit further than listed on The hike through the boulder field from the Spalding/Evans saddle to the top is slow going, but there are a decent number of carins to mark the route. The summit was packed with the road opening this weekend. 
Route: North Face Moderate
Posted On: 2022-06-13, By: constipated_pete
Info: Snow was variable on the way up and variable on the way down. Snow does not connect continuously to the ride, maybe 50' of rock hopping. Things were heating up quickly on the face when it got sun ~8 so we decided to skip the summit and ski down at 9. Other climbers reported that the north face steep couloir had variable snow at the bottom but good climbing on further up. edit: also mt spalding looks like shit 
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Route: West Gully
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: ryansunshine20
Info: The sunrise couloir was in but hot temps and no overnight freeze made the top section really dicey. Felt like the snow wasn't all that supportable and was postholing to my hip on the steepest section at the top. Avoiding the cornice required us to traverse at the top a little bit. 
Route: Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Posted On: 2022-06-08, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Stopped to talk to a CDOT worker while I was walking my bike up to Summit Lake (yes, I do suck that badly at riding, thank you kindly). He said his equipment was blocking the road at MM 12 but that the road was plowed above that, and he was confident that they will have the road completely plowed and opened as currently scheduled on Friday. Took some pictures at my planned stopping point of Summit Lake. Anyone planning to take the standard route or go for any of the nearby thirteeners via Spalding this weekend will likely want gaiters, maybe even traction and an ice axe depending on how early the start time is. 
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Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2022-06-07, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Mt Evans Road Conditions: late afternoon yesterday I pedaled up to Mile Marker 10 from the Fee Gate/Echo Lake Lodge. This is about a mile past Summit Lake at elevation 13,011 ft. There, at mile 10.1 a long deep drift covering the road was probably being plowed earlier in the day. A bulldozer track went level through it, but I did not continue on. It had rained in the first couple of miles, and then snowed up higher but it was not really adding up. 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: xtremeteam6
Info: Climbed Evans via the west ridge from Guanella Pass and it was miserable. Swamp conditions at the bottom (trail is basically a river) and then post holed to knees/waist on about 75% of trail all the way from the ridge to the summit. Route finding was difficult with the snow. Needs another month of snow melt to be enjoyable. Started at 9am, summited at 2:00pm and back down by 5pm. No spikes or snowshoes. 
Route: Mt Evans Road
Posted On: 2022-06-02, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Mt Evans Road Conditions: Yesterday I pedaled about 6.25 miles up from the Fee Gate. This is the current (vehicle, anyway) stopping point on the road, the area where it is being plowed. 

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