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cqfp123
Los Angeles, CA811 contributions
Jun 2021
1) Reservations: Timed entry reservation required.
2) Entrance fee: Included in the annual Interagency Park pass if you have one.
3) Time of the day: All sites I reviewed recommended going in the morning - usually better weather, less windy and less chance of storms. They open at 08:00. Would go as early as possible - fewer cars on the steep and narrow road and better chances to see wildlife. I had an 08:00 entry ticket and headed straight to the top. On the way up I passed only two or three cars going the opposite direction. There was plenty of parking at the summit when I got there. I stopped at the other locations on the way down and it worked out quite well.
4) Attire: Dress in layers. It can be quite cool at the top due to altitude and winds. There are several trails, so proper footwear is a must.
Written June 29, 2021
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Brian S
O'Fallon, MO5 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Family of six 51-15 year olds. I’m 51 and in ok shape but not a hiker. Drive up majority, moderate hike to summit at the end, just take your time and no problem. The highlight of our week long trip to the Rockies. Worth every bit of the effort. Get a reservation before you go, WiFi is terrible unless you are standing right next to the ranger station.
Written July 3, 2021
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David B
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Solo
The motorcycle ride up (and down) the Mt. Evans roadway was worth every minute! The views, landscape and wildlife is not to missed, just amazing! The ride itself is 'challenging' in some portions of the trip, especially in those 5 mph switchbacks. I have 50+ years of motorcycle riding experience, including YEARS of high level professional riding. So..if you decide to ride up, be prepared, get some experience and skills!
Written July 16, 2022
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NicholasR28270
6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
While they had signage alerting you of the needed reservation, we received them just at the point where we lost service. They only have reservations for 3 day car pass for $15. (Not sure why they can't have a single day pass as well, feels like an excuse for a money grab). Aside from the disappointment of Colorado trying to control all their parks with these reservations, the staff and walks through the lakes were amazing.

I'm sad to see such a beautiful state so commercialized and controlled. But, I hope you can take our disappointments and be prepared before your trip!
Written June 10, 2021
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k2687h
Toledo, OH22 contributions
Sep 2019
I didn't know this until I went, but you can only get all the way to the top between Memorial Day & Labor Day. Before Memorial Day & after Labor Day you can only drive up to Summit Lake, but can walk the rest (if you are prepared for the walk/hike the last few miles up the road!). I could definitely feel the altitude difference at Summit Lake, so be prepared for that. The drive was fun & entertaining.
Written January 3, 2020
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LongRider2011
Placerville, CA11 contributions
Jul 2021
Gorgeous drive up to the (near) top of Mount Evans with many great stops along the way. A short walk from the parking lot gets you to the top with spectacular 360 degree views, and when we went there were plenty of bighorn sheep and mountain goats everywhere that are definitely not afraid of people.
You will need a timed entry reservation from recreation.gov, best to get to the top by mid-day to avoid weather issues. Stay hydrated, walk slowly, breathe deeply...the air is thin! If you are the driver, resist the temptation to look around on the way up or down...the road is narrow with no guardrails and requires full attention!
Written July 14, 2021
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Graham w
Mims, FL1,086 contributions
Sep 2021
5 years ago our tour of 13 national parks missed Mt Evans although a son and sister drove up to the top and suffered altitude sickness. So on this trip to Colorado we booked to visit, you are allowed up to 12830 feet in September, we had to turn around just short of Summit Lake as a snowstorm made driving without chains dangerous.
spectacular views on way up and down. Autumn colours beautiful. Mt Goliath Nature Center open , ridiculous request to wear masks in outdoor setting, doors open to nature, fortunately some ignoring.
Written October 2, 2021
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Justin I
Omaha, NE125 contributions
Jun 2021
Mount Evans was a great experience. The road is a little intimidating but if I can make it up there in a minivan, so can you! It helped that traffic was light on the Thursday afternoon at noon when we arrived. We didn't get to stay as long as we would have liked thanks to afternoon thunderstorms but we couldn't get up any earlier due to full timed reservations earlier. Definitely hike up to the very top of Mount Evans after you park; it's worth the 360 degree view! Wear a coat, too! It was 75 in Idaho Springs before we started the drive up and it was 40 and windy at the summit! I would highly recommend a trip up to Mount Evans and we will definitely do it again!
Written June 27, 2021
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Quinn
Englewood, CO4 contributions
Jul 2022
Gorgeous! Worth the drive if you don't hike but also an amazing hike from the bottom. You can see mountain goats if you keep an eye out. Access road is closed most of the year so you have to plan accordingly because of snow. Always keep an eye on younger children though because there is a HUGE drop.
Written July 26, 2022
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Kiri D
Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States28 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Totally worth the drive! You can stop at several areas on the way to the top or if you are super adventurous, start your hike up the 14,000 foot mountain. Be sure to dress in layers as on July 2022 we caught hail at the summit. Views are amazing and mountain goats and marmots are everywhere! You have to purchase entry tickets so be sure to do that the day before and FYI- no cell service almost of the way up, but it is nice to have a break from tech! Keep a watchful eye for cyclists as there are A LOT and roads are narrow so share the road!
Written July 16, 2022
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