Mt. Spalding
East Ridge
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Evans Summit Lake
Start:12,850 feet
Summit:13,842 feet
Total Gain:1,025 feet
RT Length:2.50 miles
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:16 reports
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A reservation is required to park at Summit Lake and must be purchased through 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
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.


From the Summit Lake parking area, walk north past an old rock building to locate the trail which leads toward the north end of the lake - 1 and 2. Hike to the north end of the lake and locate a signed trail that climbs up Spalding's east ridge - 3.

Follow the steep trail up through rocks ( 4) to reach easier terrain on the ridge - 5. Continue on the trail and, near 13,200', stay left of the ridge crest in order to bypass more difficult terrain up to the right. Near 13,300' ( 7), climb back toward the ridge crest. Taken from the summit of Evans, 8 provides a broad view of the route. Pop out on the ridge crest near 13,400' to reach easier terrain - 9. Cross a small trough and continue along the rocky ridge ( 10) to reach the summit - 11 and 12.


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