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Mount Evans Scenic Byway & Wilderness

  Mount Evans OPENED on May 28 for the 2010 Season!  

Mount Evans is the road into the sky. Drive from 8,700 feet at Idaho Spring where you turn of Interstate 70 to 14,240 feet to the summit, and you will pass through 3 life zones, passing ancient trees, lakes and forest to the land above timberline. It can be 90 degrees in Denver and 40 degrees at the top of Mount Evans. Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep will greet you as you climb to the top of the world.

Rocky Mountains can make their own weather and high winds can easily turn surface snow into a blizzard thus closing the highway. THE MOUNTAIN WILL BE OPEN ONLY WHEN ROAD CONDITIONS ARE SAFE. Call the Clear Creek Ranger Station at 303-567-3000 before you begin your trip to Mount Evans.

About the Mount Evans Road: The first 4 miles from Idaho on 103 is surprisingly flat, then there is a 4-6% grade to the entrance that continues to Summit lake. The last 5 miles have grades of 2-5%, but because you are above 12,000 feet it will feel like 10-15% grade to top. See Bicycling Page for elevation/grade chart.

Trip Advisor now rates Mount Evans as the #2 of 146 attractions in Denver!!!

Mount Evans OPENED on May 28 for the 2010 Season!  

The Mount Evans Road (Colorado 5) is expected to reopen to the summit weather conditions permitting. Seasonal closure begin onSeptember 7th, 2010 when the road above Summit Lake will be closed to motor traffic.

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This website is sponsored by:

  • Baxter's on the Creek — Recently (August 2008) selected best Bed and Breakfast in Clear Creek County. Each room offers privacy and warm accommodations. Views of Chicago Creek or Mountains.
  • Echo Lake Lodge — Your best choice for Mount Evans memorabilia including t-shirts, shot glasses, coffee mugs, hats & caps, refrigerator magnets as well as authentic American Indian made arts and crafts. Sorry no lodging available.
  • Call of the Canyon Cabins — Experience a true secluded Colorado creek side cabins located half way between Idaho Spring and Mount Evans. Abundance of wildlife. Charming, clean & spacious cabins.
New Faces on Mount Evans

New Google Topo Map

  • New Google Topo Map If you have problems opening this map, please let me know including browser and version.

2009 Updates

Ok, so I've been on the mountain this year but not make updates. I'll work backward and show you what I've shot. I will make another trip this Sunday AM and Monday PM before the close the top 5 miles on Monday PM/Tuesday AM.

2008 Updates

2007 Updates

Karl Snyder — Web Wrangler.


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