Evans Summit Lake Trailhead
A reservation is required to park at Summit Lake and must be purchased through recreation.gov PRIOR to the day of your hike. It's $7. Look for the --Summit Lake Park Only Vehicle Ticket-- on the system. These tickets are based on a 2-Hour entry window that you select; however, the earliest entry window you can select is 8:00-10:00am and you may want to start much earlier, especially if you are hiking more than just the upper West Ridge Route on Evans. Unless the weather is bad and they have to close the road, prior to 8am you'll find the gate open and unstaffed. You still need to have a ticket to drive in early. So, reserve a 8:00-10:00am slot, print it out and display it on your dash when you drive in early and park at Summit Lake.

This is only for parking at Summit Lake. If you want to park at the summit and do some hiking, you'll need to reserve a $17 --Mount Evans + All Recreation Sites Vehicle Ticket--". All tickets are good for 3 consecutive days, at the same entry window. That probably doesn't do you much good but keep this in mind if your first day gets weathered-out and you'd like to return on one of the next two days.

More Information at the USFS


Range: Front Range
Coordinates: 39.59882, -105.64039
14ers: Mt. Evans, Mt. Bierstadt
Elevation: 12,850'
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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. Show your reservation and drive 9 miles up the Mt. Evans road (Colorado 5) to the signed Summit Lake parking area.

Winter Access

Closed at Echo Lake Lodge.

More Info

Parking: Reservation required - see notes.
Camping: No camping on the Evans road.
Restrooms? Yes
Fees? Yes
Trailhead added by BillMiddlebrook
Status Updates 
Posted By: barrett
Info: Road is open to summit. I was there 28 May 2006.
Posted By: ColoradoScott
Info: The Mt. Evans road website reports that the Mt. Evans Road is currently scheduled to open on Friday May 26, 2006. It does not specify if this is to Summit Lake or to the summit itself.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The Evans road is opening on Friday, May 27th. Open to the summit.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The Mt. Evans road is open in summer - usually from late May/early June to late September. It is open to the summit during most of the summer.
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