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Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs

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Bad Finger Couloir, The 
Bib (1st Apron), The 
Black and White 
Concrete Shoes Won't Help Ya In Da River 
Goldfinger Couloir 
Lazy Is As Lazy Does 
Mount Evans Micro Goulotte 
Northwest Couloir 
Road Less Warren 
Road, The 
Snave, The 
Snorkmaiden's Surprise 
Sunrise Couloir 
Tike's Trike 
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Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs 

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Elevation: 14,264'
Location: 39.5886, -105.643 View Map  Incorrect?
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A bit of ice, across from The Road, in the sun.


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.

There are some other options up in the Chicago Lakes basin which are accessed from Echo Lake.

Getting There 

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.

For the Chicago Lake basin options, park at Echo Lake, take a trail off the I-70 side of the lake dropping down into the drainage of Chicago Lakes and go up the valley past the Idaho Springs Reservoir and higher up.

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

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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Goldfinger still fresh before anyone got to it.

Goldfinger Couloir Steep Snow PG13  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs
This is a really fun couloir.The crux is the steep roll before everything starts to funnel down into the choke (going down). It's probably at least 15 feet wide at the choke, and once through there is a group of rocks that split the line in the middle. I took the skinny line on lookers left at the bottom. Steepness, this line clocks in at about 50*, and the roll over at the top is usually near vertical if not a overhanging cornice, you can usually sneak in....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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A bit of ice, right of The Road.
A bit of ice, right of The Road.
Rock across the valley from The Road.
Rock across the valley from The Road.
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By J. Thompson
From: denver, co
Nov 23, 2011

We hiked in to attempt The Road today.

The recent wind storms have done SERIOUS damage to the forest leading in from Echo Lake. The trail is completely covered...almost not followable. Even so, it is a serious effort to get into Chicago Lakes with the current blow down. It's quite impressive though!


By Taylor-B.
From: CO & AK
Jul 9, 2012

On the same buttress you can yo-yo Iration, Mount Evans Mini-Micro Goulotte, and Snorkmaiden's Surprise for a 4 STAR day!