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Feb 3, 2003
|Mt. Evans has some sweet gneiss routes that span from 50 to hundreds of feet. Go to the Chicago Lakes, and on the trail you will be able to see the cliffs. There is awsome bouldering also in the area. Before you go, be sure to fully research.|
By Shawn Shannon
From: Everett, WA
Feb 3, 2003
|Generally, what time of year is climbing here accessible. I don't mind wet approaches, or cold temps, just good rock.... any advice??|
Sep 9, 2004
|Does anyone know of any routes from the Chicago Lake basin near Mt. Evans or how solid the rock might be??|
By Jer Collins
Apr 26, 2005
|I've done a few routes from the Chicago Lakes basin. The rock is okay, and sometimes fantastic, but the logistics leave a little to be desired. At the lower lake, look East to Mt. Warren. This is "Windy City Wall" and the center buttress is "Sears Tower".|
By Anonymous Coward
Jun 5, 2005
|Can anyone give directions to the bouldering at Mt Evans? Much thanks CL|
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Apr 30, 2007
From the Rocky Mt News (4/29/7):
State chops down feds' fee for motoring up Mt. Evans.
by Steve Lipsher
The views along the Mount Evans Highway have been described as priceless, but for the past nine years the U.S. Forest Service has managed to nick as much as $10 from virtually every vehicle heading up the highest paved road in the country.
That practice will come to an abrupt end this summer. The Colorado Department of Transportation insists the federal government cannot charge for use of a state highway built and maintained with state tax dollars.
"We didn't know that they were charging everyone," said CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman. "...It's illegal under state law."
The Forest Service began charging travelers at its Echo Lake entrance station in 1997 under the controversial federal fee-demonstration program, which has generated as much as $300,000 annually for upkeep of restrooms, picnic areas and safety patrols on the mountain.
Few visitors have understood that the fees don't apply to those traveling to and from the 14,126-foot summit parking lot who don't use Forest Service picnic areas and restrooms. In fact, a sign posted at the bottom of the winding, 28-mile road reads: "A pass is required for traveling beyond this point."
"They have been misrepresenting things. The average person would think that he had to pay," said Robert Funkhouser, president of the Western Slope No-Fee Coalition, an organization battling the federal government over fees for the use of public lands.
Forest officials dispute that characterization insisting the "pass" could be obtained free of charge. They acknowledge many people didn't discern the difference between acquiring a pass and paying a fee.
Drivers had to ask specifically about the pass or they would be charged the use fees.
Completed in 1927, the summer-only dead-end highway each year attracts an estimated 130,000 visitors.
This past winter, when the state and federal authorities began revisiting their agreement on the operation of Colorado 5, state officials learned every vehicle was being charged.
State officials demanded that the renewed agreement include signs indicating "No charge for travel on State Highway 5" and "USFS fees are not used to maintain State Highway 5."
The Forest Service balked, not wanting to pay for the signs.
"They're thinking "How are we going to get people to pay if they don't have to pay?" Funkhouser said.
The state intends to install signs with or without federal approval, according to e-mails obtained from Jay Kramer, a manager with CDOT.
With the traditional opening about a month away, forest supervisors haven't decided how the road will be managed, but possibilities include abandoning the entrance station and establishing permanent fee-collection stations at facilities maintained by the agency, said John Bustos, spokesman for the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests.
The Forest Service also hasn't hazarded a guess on how much its budget will be cut if far fewer people pay.
Staff write Steve Lipsher can be reached at 970-51309495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By John Simpson
From: Golden, CO
Feb 12, 2008
|Does anyone know if there have been any routes put up on the cirque that is below the Sawtooth on the non-Abyss lake side?|
By Jason Haas
Feb 12, 2008
|John, there's a photo of a new route on Evans in one of my photo albums if you click on my name and navigate down to the bottom of the page. I can fill you in on more details if you'd like sometime.|
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Feb 13, 2008
There are a few, apparently. One of the looks like this:
By Mark Kauz
From: Madison, WI
Jul 20, 2009
|I would also like beta on the bouldering there. I know there is quite a bit, including Big Worm (V14), and Sunseeker (V13). Would anyone like to get some of the information about the boulders up or DM me about them for my upcoming trip to that area?|
Aug 4, 2014
|As of last weekend, Denver Mountain Parks has started charging $5 to park at Summit Lake. Don't know if you can avoid the fees by parking out on the road. It doesn't appear that there is any type of annual pass.|