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The Summit Lake bowl offers some fine alpine ice and rock routes topping out at or near 14,000'. Summer T-storms are the biggest danger. Easy access is limited to June-September by the closure of the Mt. Evans highway. It's a long hike up the road or Chicago Lakes basin the rest of the year.
Drive up I-70 to Idaho Springs. Take the Mt. Evans highway to the Echo Lake. Take a right at the Echo Lake Lodge, and follow the summit road to Summit Lake. The main bowl just below the summit offers easy ice/snow climbs and has the potential for some mixed routes just below the summit if conditions are right. This is accessed by hiking around the south side of Summit Lake and up the slope into the bowl. The Aprons are west of the Lake - First Apron is northwest, Second is due west, and Third is southwest just right of the bowl. Mt. Spaulding is accessed by dropping down to upper Chicago Lakes basin, north of Summit Lake.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs:
Snorkmaiden's Surprise WI3 M4 Mod. Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 900'
The Road WI3 M4 Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 900'
Sunrise Couloir Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade II
Concrete Shoes Won't Help Ya In Da River WI4- M4+ Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 900'
The Snave 4th 1 2 I M 1b WI2- Mod. Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1420'
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The Bad Finger Couloir Steep Snow CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs
This is a super aesthetic couloir looker's right of Goldfinger. This is a well-known snow climb apparently published in Roach's 13er book, I only know it as a descent however. Going down the crux was getting over the cornice and into the line then crossing the 2 foot deep by 2 foot wide runnel numerous times as the couloir is pretty narrow for its entire length. I am guessing it clocks in around 55 degrees.Good timing is imperative on this one as too early going down is dangerous,...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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