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Review of Mount Evans

Mount Evans
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Private Day Tour of Mt Evans from Denver
Ranked #2 of 252 things to do in Denver
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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

We drove up the mountain for the Pan Seared Trout at the Echo Lake Lodge. The problem was, it was closed; this was NOT disappointing as the view and drive was so breathtaking, it was entertaining enough.

Visited January 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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“Awesome Views”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Definitely worth the drive. Take a coat and a hat, watch out for thunderstorms and have a great time!

Visited July 2013
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“An amazing summit view.”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

My son took us up to Mt Evans when we visited him in Denver. Coming from the east coast the elevation and mountain scape were breathtaking. The weather station on top was very interesting. A must see in the state of CO.

Visited August 2013
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Centennial, Colorado
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“A Must for Denver Visiters”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

I live in Denver, so I have visited and hiked Mt. Evans and the Mt. Evans Wilderness many times. Mt. Evans is a great place to take visitors, especially if they have never been to the Rockies. Great photos ops. for Big Horn Sheep and Mountain Goats as they are very used to people, so you can get up close, but not too close. You can drive all the way to the top, but don't stay long as it is always crowded. Instead, head for the Mount Goliath Natural Area a short ways down the mountain which has a great trail through the Bristol Cone Pine forest to above timberline. For some strange reason, this trail is little used and is a great way to get away from the flip flop and slurpy crowd with the I survived Mt. Evens t-shirts at the summit.

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“The drive up Mt Evans (closed winters)”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

This drive is within easy reach of Denver CBD. I hired a car, and requested a compact, but they upgraded me to a SUV. That's a bad idea if you are unused to driving on the right, as the road is narrow and winding. Take great care on the drive up and down, the verges are crumbly, and there are few guardrails.

Having said that, it is well worth doing. Take US70 West out of Denver, a great drive in itself, and turn off at Idaho Springs, right, then back left over US70. The road to Echo Lake is good, and very scenic. At Echo Lake, which is a very pretty spot, there is a chalet and a cafe. There you turn off to the right and pay a toll, and start climbing.

The landscape becomes more and more rocky, with less vegetation, but then, you are heading to 4348 m above sea level. There is a place about halfway, Mt Goliath Nature Reserve, where you can stop and look at a little botanical garden of mountain vegetation, and some very photogenic bristlecone pines on the other side of the road.

Ice begins to appear at the roadside, big chunks and slabs in the shadow of the mountain. You begin to see below you little lakes, like Lincoln Lake, Chicago Basin, and then Summit Lake. You should stop here and walk around a bit, the scenery is stunning.

Then on to the summit, on a very winding road with hairpin bends, where you may see some mountain goats and marmots, very common. Near the summit there is a carpark, toilets, Crest House ruins, and a path to the very top. Even from the carpark the views are terrific, but the best is the summit.

However you are very high up, and oxygen is short. If you have any medical condition, or you are visiting from sea level, the path to the summit will be inadvisable. If you are going for it, drink lots of water, and go slow, it is further and harder than it looks. If you feel nauseous, don't press on.

Visited July 2013
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