The Mountains Are Calling… Mt Evans, That Is!
Want to explore one of Colorado’s well known 14’ers without having to hike all the way to the top? Then Mt. Evans is the perfect place to do so!! This mountain, in fact, has the highest paved road in North America. Just as a warning, the roadway does not have many guard rails so it does seem a little scary at times, but we promise the full drive is absolutely worth it! Make sure when you’re headed to the top to have a camera ready because this mountain comes jam packed with spectacular views and abundant wildlife, such as bighorn sheep and mountain goats. We’d have to say the best part about the drive is Summit lake, located just before the look out at the top. This lake is crystal clear and is fed by a seasonal glacier. There is a small little trail up to the lake side and around it as well, so make sure to check it out (even is you have to bundle up at the high altitude). MyHandleBar supports exploring all the Rockies have to offer, miles above sea level!
Now, we aren’t guaranteeing that this road in to the sky will always be open- due to snow between Labor Day and Memorial Day, the road is closed. Here is a link to the information on road access.
Here is how to get to Mt. Evans from Denver (East):
• 32.4 miles West on US Interstate 70 to Idaho Springs and take the “Mt. Evans” exit (#240)
• 15 miles South on State 103 from Idaho Springs to Mount Evans Entrance
• 15 miles from Mount Evans Entrance to Summit at 14,264 feet