Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs
BETA PHOTO: The Summit Lake Cirque. Pink - Lazy is Lazy Does....
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.
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.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
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M1-2 Steep Snow Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 2 pitches, 250'
WI3 M4 Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 900'
The Snave 4th 1 2 I 2 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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A bit of ice, right of The Road.
A bit of ice, across from The Road, in the sun.
Rock across the valley from The Road.
BETA PHOTO: Mt. Evans North Wall as 2009-06-29.
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!
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!