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Mount Evans Scenic Byway & Wilderness


Mount Evans is the road into the sky. Drive from 8,700 feet at Idaho Spring where you turn off 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. [Google Latitude & Longitude (39.6567121, -105.59623)]
Click here for: Recent Trip report and photos.

The Road to Mount Evans on Friday, September 30, 2011. Every turn is a "Wall Hanger" image. Just add your camera!!! I will post more picture as soon as I can get them out of Photoshop!

The Colorado Department of Transportation has opened the Mount Evans Road for the 2011 season. For the latest information visit:

About the Mount Evans Road: The first 4 miles, from Idaho Springs on CO 103, are 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 is Closed for the 2011 season. Reopening on May, 25, 2012.!  

The Mount Evans Road (Colorado 5) is closed for the 2011 season, but you can still hike and (pedal) bike it up as far as you want to go. NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF ANY KIND ARE PERMITTED. Or you can ride your pony.

The Mount Evans Road will reopen on May 25, 2012.

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This website is sponsored by:

  • 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 cabin 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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