I read about Mount Evans on tripadvisor during a road trip and decided we HAD to drive tothe top. Unfortunately, I had to turn back and stop at a dealer because I thought something was wrong with my transmission (I guess my 4 cylinder just has trouble getting up the steep highway). By the time we got off at the Idaho Springs exit, it was almost dark. We found an amazing campground on the way to the mountain - West Chicago Creek . The road up to it is pretty rough and unpaved, but it was so worth it when we woke up in the morning and saw the amazing view we had. It's basically situated on the side of a mountain, evergreens everywhere. I would highly recommend it. The next morning we headed up Mount Evans. Although I wasn't thrilled about having to pay, it was pretty cheap. The views were absolutely amazing, it just kept getting better and better the higher we went. There are some pretty steep drops as you drive up, and it can be scary at times, expecially when I saw signs saying "Road damage ahead" and the road crumbling on the shoulder. After we passed the treeline, we spotted mountain goats grazing. I stopped and got some amazing pictures- the goats were within 10 feet of everyone taking pictures. Incredible. The summit was easy to hike up to from the parking lot at the top. (Don't wear flip flops, though. Mine broke as did another person's. Oops.) It's pretty scary crawling around on the rocks at the top to get pictures, but the views were breathtaking. Just bring a coat, it gets pretty chilly up there. One of my favorite vacation experiences ever!
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