Sunday, May 30, 2010

First trip to Mt. Evans of the year

Mt Evans is one of the handful of 14 thousand foot peaks here in the front range of Colorado. Typically he road is only open from Memorial day to Labor day. Less, if we have late spring or early winter snows. The road opened yesterday for this summer season, so we took a drive to the summit this afternoon.

Mt. Evans is unique in that it has a paved road that stops only a couple hundred feet from the summit. There used to be an inn at the summit. It burned down in the 1970's. A typical end for many mountain dwellings. The ruins are still in good shape.

The road was completely clear, but the lakes were frozen and there were large drifts along the road.

This last shot is looking from the summit back down toward the old inn and the end of the road. The trail was drifted and icy, but not technical.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. That looks like a very scary drive. Beautiful photos.