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Bierstadt Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 54 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 54 / 54
Dali Area, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22 / 22
French Kiss Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Seurat Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20 / 20
Elevation: 11,000 ft
GPS: 39.633, -105.621 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Monomaniac on Jul 24, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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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.
The majority of these boulders are located within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area, which is regulated & patrolled by the US Forest Service. Climber Details

Getting There

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.

Follow the trail through the meadow, across two make-shift bridges, then into the woods on the opposite side of the meadow. The trail winds through the woods for a few hundred yards, passing two more boulders in the meadow on the right (The Willows Boulders). About 3 minutes after the trail fork, this trail heads straight into the Bierstadt Block. Pass between the small cleft formed by the Bierstadt Block & its southern neighbor to reach a nice cirque of boulders with numerous classic problems such as Timeline & The Ladder.

To reach Pink Fink, Seurat, and the Dali, continue Southwesterly through/over this group of boulders, and pick up the trail again just past the Ladder. On the left is the overhanging arete of Random Progression. Head right around a large flat boulder, then after ~20 yards you will run smack into the North Face of the Pink Fink boulder, featuring Snow White V7 & Pink Fink. The towering highball Peasants Into Leaders is on the boulder just East of the Pink Fink boulder. Head west (right) around the Pink Fink boulder, and follow the trail towards the woods. Once in the woods the trail goes right past the East side of the Seurat Boulder. Continue further on this trail, SW for a bit, and then steeply uphill to the SE, to reach the Dali.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Area A

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5 R
Boulder, Alpine
V1 5
Last of the Ohitians
Boulder, Alpine
V2 5+
The Ladder
Boulder, Alpine
V2 5+ R
Boulder, Alpine
V2 5+
Puddle Jumper
Boulder, Alpine
V3 6A
Dark Crystal
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C PG13
Maker's Mark
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C
Cherry Top Rip (Name Unknown)
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
The Dali Stand Start
Boulder, Alpine
V7 7A+ PG13
Pink Fink
Boulder, Alpine
V8 7B
Boulder, Alpine
V8+ 7B+
The Dali Sit Down Start
Boulder, Alpine
V9+ 7C
Boulder, Alpine
V12 8A+
No More Greener Grasses
Boulder, Alpine
V14 8B+
Big Worm
Boulder, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Timeline Bierstadt Area V1 5 R Boulder, Alpine
Last of the Ohitians Bierstadt Area V1 5 Boulder, Alpine
The Ladder Bierstadt Area V2 5+ Boulder, Alpine
Canvas Bierstadt Area V2 5+ R Boulder, Alpine
Puddle Jumper Dali Area V2 5+ Boulder, Alpine
Dark Crystal Bierstadt Area V3 6A Boulder, Alpine
Maker's Mark Bierstadt Area V5 6C PG13 Boulder, Alpine
Cherry Top Rip (Name Unknown) Seurat Area V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
The Dali Stand Start Dali Area V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Pink Fink Bierstadt Area V7 7A+ PG13 Boulder, Alpine
Seurat Seurat Area V8 7B Boulder, Alpine
The Dali Sit Down Start Dali Area V8+ 7B+ Boulder, Alpine
Bierstadt Bierstadt Area V9+ 7C Boulder, Alpine
No More Greener Grasses Dali Area V12 8A+ Boulder, Alpine
Big Worm Dali Area V14 8B+ Boulder, Alpine
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Arianne G
Parker, CO
Arianne G   Parker, CO
Hey guys! Just wanted to let those of you know of the time that it took me to get to Area A, 1hr 35min ONE WAY. I was not expecting this hike to take so long, although not the WORST hike, it was certainly not all that great. Jun 19, 2016

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