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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mount Evans

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Private Day Tour of Mt Evans from Denver
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“Beautiful views! Loved it! The drive can...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2010

Beautiful views! Loved it! The drive can be scarey at times...but it is worth it! Wear warm clothes....very cold at the top!

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“Mt. Evans, a Majestic Beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2010

We are from Hudson Valley in NY, and enjoy driving to see beautiful landscapes such as the Shwangunks and the Adirondaks, but Colorado was something special. The Rocky mountains are "Awe Inspiring" and can't really be descibed in words and Mount Evans is the perfect example. You need to make sure you have a good camera to take plenty of photos. The drive takes you up over 14,000 ft above sea level. It is the highest paved road in North America.

We took the drive up to the top of Mount Evans in August 09 and it was a Majestic Beauty. The drive alone is unique and tranqiul as there is a new scene around every corner. I happened to spot mountain goats and big horn sheep along the way (towards the top). I was amazed that there was still snow at the top in August. The road is a one lane each way paved raod and can be tight in places. If you are terrified of hieghts, this is not the drive for you as you will certainly be driving along areas where there is barely any shoulder and there are drop offs that go down a long ways. Otheriwse the drive is well worth it. There are plenty of places to pull over. Make sure you bring a jacket because it may be 85 degrees at the bottom (in the summer), but it is usually 30-40 degrees at the top and very windy.

At the entrance to the park/drive there is a lake called Echo Lake. You may have seen the lake in Pictures. There is also a souveneir shop at the entrance. I would wait until the ride back down to visit it. The drive is almost 20 miles to the top, and you should give yourself plenty of time to drive up as you may want to pull over 20 times before you even reach the top.

When you reach the 12,000 ft mark, you are captivated by a brilliant blue glacial lake called, Summit Lake. You will want to stop here because it is magnificent. At this point, you can look up and see the small glaciers coming down the chutes of Mount Evans. If you look real hard, you may be able to see the people standing at the top. They would be flea size from down there, but if you have binoculars you should have no problem seeing them. Also, if you follow the path to the right, you will see other glacial lakes going down the valley. It it only a short walk to the far right corner of Summit Lake to see the others.

As you drive the final 2000 feet to the top you come to a parking lot and a 200 foot ascent tot he peak by foot. This is not a hike for anyone with health problems because you only have a little oxygen being that high. You may look at the path and think it looks like an easy trekk, but it will wind you. Do not smoke or drink or you will definatley regret the hike. If you can make it, it is worth every huff and puff to get to the peak. You have a vantage point where you can see everything (provided it is a clear, dry day). The view is too incredible for words. You overlook Summit lake, 2000 feet below. You can literally sit on rocks that jet out over the high cliffs below that chute down to the Summit Lake. You will want to sit up there for a while just to take it all in. Don't feel bad if your camera doesn't take the "Awe inspiring" views that you saw, because a camera can not take the place of the human eye. This place has the fingerprints of God everywhere. Enjoy!

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“A must do when visiting Denver”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2010

Our family with boys 7 and 10 drove Mount Evans today. We left Denver around 9 a.m. On the drive up, it wasn’t too busy but by the time we started driving down, it was much busier so go early. We saw marmots, chipmunks, one mountain goat at Summit Lake, and ducks at Echo Lake. The boys enjoyed keeping track of the number of animals we saw. It was 29 degrees at the top and very windy so we didn’t climb up the rocks to the summit. After a brief snowball fight, we started the drive back down.

The boys enjoyed the snow drifts taller than our SUV and watching the people who were skiing down the mountain. We were in awe of everyone biking up the mountain – that is not something on my bucket list!

We arrived back in Denver by 1:30 p.m. This is a must do when visiting Denver!

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“Mt Evans: Good in daytime, ungodly at night!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2010

I have now been up Mt. Evans 9 times, 4 of them at midnight in August. If you have never seen the Front Range from an airplane at night, then come do this. Watch a distant thunderstorm from above, and savor the cool (and often right in the clouds) air that midnight has to offer. Come during early August for the Perseid Meteor Shower (clouds permitting) and really have something to brag about....JPS

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“OMG! You have to go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2009

From Denver it is a little bit of a drive but well worth it. Bring a jacket with you because it is quite chilly at the summit. The views are breathtaking. The drive a little scary especially if you are afraid of heights but just do it, you won't regret it. We saw mountain goats and elk. You really get it once you realize you are above the treeline!

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