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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:
Northwest Couloir WI2 Trad, Ice, Alpine
The Road WI3 M4 Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 900 feet, Grade III
Road Less Warren WI4-5 M5 Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 110 feet
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 feet, Grade III
The Snave 4th WI2- Mod. Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1420 feet, Grade II
Tike's Trike 5.10a WI4 M5+ A3 R Trad, Aid, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 250 feet, Grade II
Featured Route For Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs
Tike's Trike 5.10a WI4 M5+ A3 R CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs
The easiest way to approach this climb is to drive to the summit, then rappel straight off the back of the true summit (the one with the USGS pin). The rap and the route, are about 250ft. and end at the obvious snow covered ramp directly below. Once to the ramp, climb straight up your descent line via crack systems with obvious variations and nailing in a few spots. The lower 100ft. have ice runnels that form under the right conditions making for nice mixed climbing. Come to a small ledge to t...[more] Browse More Classics in CO