14,270 ft / 4,349 m


2,764 ft / 842 m


173 summits

Top climbing months

August   28%

July   26%

June   14%

Most climbed route

summit lake trail to mt. evans via mt. spalding

Class 2 • 1,751 ft / 534 m gain


  • Mount Evans is a Colorado 14er in the Front Range and the closest fourteener to Denver.
  • Mount Evans dominates the Denver area skyline.
  • Unfortunately for hikers and mountaineers, there is a road to the summit, the highest paved road in North America.
  • There are annual bike and running races to the summit using this road.
  • The ruins of the Crest House, which once contained a restaurant and gift shop, serve as an observation platform near the summit.
  • Mount Evans is an extremely busy place but offers up a multitude of interesting routes that get away from the crowds.
"Mt Evans - West Evans - The Sawtooth - Mt Bierstadt - Mt Spalding 9.8km with 500m gain in 4:15hrs While it looks like a cheat day: short, low gain and starting from the highest point which is accessible by car... but it definitely didn't feel like that. First of all, it was for the first time when I was consciously aware of the altitude: my legs simply weren't moving uphill. Similar to some cars at elevations 3,500m+: doesn't matter how much one presses on a gas pedal, it barely moves (actually we saw a couple of such on the road, a Jeep and Subaru). It was fine for me to go on flat " - alexp, Aug 6, 2018
"Mountain 4 of 5 for the day. A very rewarding moment after doing the Beierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans traverse. Unfortunately, I had a few bad interactions with very rude, obviously tourists that had driven up the mountain in a car. " - IanWright, Aug 23, 2015
"Did this via Tour de Abyss - which starts on a switchback up to Evans. Drove up in two cars and left one at the summit so we could drive back down. This is my absolute favorite hike I have done so far. Started the hike with a quick jaunt up to the toilets at Evans which, with the crazy high winds that morning caused pee to go up instead of down - yes I share too much :) The Willows were a new one for me - I always thought they were huge trees with long drooping branches - wasn't expecting a swamp like area and had no gaiters. Other lesson from this trip, pack more than needed. We started aroun" - kelseyjames8675309, Aug 21, 2015
"Started around 7:30am from the Mt. Bierstadt parking lot. Hiked Mt. Bierstadt then crossed the sawtooth for Evans. Like I expected lots of people on both summits but the sawtooth people free. Had some hail and rain on the hike back from Evans." - Ryan_Wallace, Aug 10, 2015
"Second summit of Mt Evans. In much better shape was able to complete in 9 hours and even took side trail to see the water falls. Very good hike! Note: I did not realize that the road was closed and I enjoyed the summit alone! What an day!" - Brandon-Shinsplint-, Jul 11, 2015



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