**Plan on an entire day for adventure!**
IMPORTANT WARNING - PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE A 14ER OR SIMILAR STRENUOUS HIKE THIS YEAR**
**IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT THAT YOU CANNOT MAKE IT PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND. THERE WILL BE MANY OTHER HIKES AVAILABLE TO ATTEND.**
This is a difficult hike, with a moderately fast pace. Most of the hike is on-trail, but there will be some mild scrambling over boulders along the way. Safety of all hikers is our utmost priority, but use common sense.
Bring your ten essentials, including plenty of water.
**Be considerate - make sure to cancel over a 24 hr notice***
Chicago Lakes/Mt Evans - strenuous++
Distance: 16.6 miles (round trip)
We will begin at the Echo Lake Trailhead then proceed through the lovely Chicago Lakes Trail to the Summit Lake
Elevations: 2,270 ft. gain/loss
Begin - 10,600 End -12,870
Take a break at Summit Lake for a tasty snack then...
**Push through and conquer Mt. Evans**
5 miles round trip
Elevations: 1,395 ft. gain/loss
Begin: 12,870 End - 14,265
Finally, at an elevation of about 11,300 feet, the trail climbs
out of the burned area, and 15 minutes later you will see the first lake in a large bowl below the left side of the path. The land around the lake is very marshy, and for that reason the trail stays 150 feet above the water as it passes its west side. There is a spur trail that cuts down through the willows to the lake shore below, but the mud and the underbrush deter many people from
The second lake is 320 higher than the first one, and once the
trail reaches the southern side of the lower lake it begins climbing up the steep moraine that separates them. For the most part the trail is easy to follow, but at one point it seems to disappear into a pile of house-size boulders. Just continue straight up through the rocky maze and after a short while the trail will reappear.
Finally the path reaches the top of the moraine and dips back down over the grassy tundra to the shore of the upper lake. This lake is almost entirely surrounded by thousand-foot granite cliffs, and the scene looking south across the lake into the back of the basin is very dramatic. Also, before you leave the area be sure to walk back to the edge of the cliffs east of the trail for a look down at Chicago Creek and the lower lake. It is a panorama you will not soon
It is a 2.5 miles to the 14,265 Summit. At this altitude, there is much less oxygen and breathing is difficult. Wear sunscreen, because at 14,000 feet, there is 50 percent less protection from the sun’s rays.
The view from the top is simply incredible. This is one of the grandest panoramas in Colorado and much of state is visible, from the Never Summer Range in the north to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the south.
After Hike - beer and food
1517 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452