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Area A is the most well-known area at Mt Evans, home to numerous classic problems such as Seurat, Bierstadt, Timeline, The Ladder, All Dogs Go to Evans, The Dali, and No More Greener Grasses. The approach is just awful, which makes it relatively pleasant compared to other Mt Evans areas. The scenery here is magnificent, and really adds to the allure. Since this is by far the most visited area at Evans, and many of the boulders are in vegetated areas, please be extra courteous and respectful of other users and the fragile alpine environment.
Park at the Echo Lake Picnic Area. Follow a nice gravel path to the west side of the lake, where a signed trail for the Chicago Lakes heads off to the southwest. Follow this trail for a few hundred yards over a ridge, into the Chicago Lakes Basin. The trail traverses along the valley wall for a while, and then drops steeply towards the valley floor, through a series of switchbacks. Once at the valley floor, the trail crosses a creek, then joins an old dirt road. Turn left at the road, and head steeply uphill towards the reservoir. There are a few boulders along this road. The “Roadside Boulder” sits right on the road, on the left just before reaching the reservoir. Once at the reservoir, the trail flattens somewhat. Follow the road to the southwest corner of the reservoir, past two cabins, to a signed trailhead for the Chicago Lakes. Stop here and fill out your free wilderness permit. Follow the Chicago Lakes Trail through undulating terrain for several minutes. You will pass a nice looking block (the "Trailside Boulder") on the right in a nice meadow. Five minutes after passing the Trailside Boulder the trail forks. Head left, through the meadow at this fork. The main Chicago Lakes Trail continues to the right, passing a small stand of aspens.
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The Ladder V2 5+ CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Bierstadt Area
The Ladder, aka Indian Ladder, is an excellent warmup in the Bierstadt Area. This southeast-facing problem is extremely popular, featuring big moves on huge holds. The problem is a bit harder than it looks, but once you figure out which part of each hold to grab, this line will feel much easier. Begin with a sit start in the bottom of the pit, with hands matched on the big sloper. Pop up to the first rail, and so on towards the top. The holds get much more positive after the long reach at ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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