BETA PHOTO: Area A Map. Not necessarily to scale! Not all pr...
|The majority of these boulders are located within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area, which is regulated & patrolled by the US Forest Service. Climber MORE INFO >>>|
Area A is the most well-known area at Mt Evans, home to numerous classic problems such as Seurat
, 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.
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
, 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.
Weather station 1.6 miles from here
96 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',19],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Area A
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Featured Route For Area A
Timeline V0+ 4+
: Alpine Rock
: ... : Bierstadt Area
This towering highball attracts a lot of attention due to its prominent position at the entrance of Area A. It also demands a great deal of respect. The grade is a bit misleading, as this is not your typical V0. The crux comes right at the top, with extremely insecure moves on slopers and lichen-covered ripples. Fortunately the lower half of the problem is pretty trivial, so if smearing ropeless 20 off the deck is not your idea of fun, its quite possible to down-climb before entering the g...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
BETA PHOTO: Here's where you diverge off the Chicago Lakes Tra...
From: Denver, CO
Jun 19, 2016
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.