Trail Snapshot: Mt. Evans Summit Hike
- Hike Distance: 1/4 mile
- Difficulty: Easy (but consider altitude)
- Duration: Approx. 15-20 min
- Trail Type: Out & Back
- Seasons: Open early summer through Fall, Check Sites for Closure: #1 – #2
- Dogs: Allowed On Leash
- Hike Trail Map: Click for a Map of Mt. Evans Summit Hike
- Denver Drive Time: 1hr 40min
- Driving Directions to Mt. Evans Summit Hike: Click for Google Map
- Town Nearest Hike: Idaho Springs, Colorado
- Beauty: Lakes, mountain peak views, high country tundra, wildlife: mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots, & pika.
- Activities: Picnics, hiking, viewing wildlife
- Fee Required: See Fee Schedule Link
Here is our suggested Itinerary
- Take The I-70 Route for a shorter Drive: Click for Directions
- Take the a bit more scenic route: Click for Directions
- First Stop, Echo Lake – We like to arrive here early in the morning when the water is like glass and before other visitors arrive. Check out our full profile on Echo Lake
- Second Stop, Mt. Goliath – After passing through the toll booth, you’ll begin a drive up the winding Mt. Evans Highway. After a few miles you’ll encounter a nature center Dos Chappell Nature Center at Mt. Goliath. Stop here for a short wildflower hike and to take in the views. Click for Google Map
- Third Stop, Summit Lake– Grey cliff bands drop to the base of Summit Lake. It’s breathtaking. Keep your eyes out for Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats as well. Click Here for Google Map
- Finally, the Summit of Mt. Evans.
Tips & Resources for Hiking Mt. Evans Summit Hike :
- A Better Itinerary? Because weather comes in during the early afternoon, we suggest that you start early, make a short stop at Echo Lake, then drive straight to the summit. On your way down, stop at Summit lake, then make your last stop at the nature center at Mt. Goliath.
- Do consider altitude. We avoid bringing friends who are not in good health. Be sure to have your guests drink plenty of water, and make sure they have had a day or two to get used to the altitude in the mile-high city.
- The Weather link below is for Idaho Springs. Weather at the altitude of Echo Lake may be very different, and Weather at the summit will definitely be different. Check this National Weather Service Link for more accurate forecasts.
- Looking for a more challenging Hike? Try the Chicago Lakes Hike. The trail begins at the Echo Lake Parking Lot.
- Trail Map: Mt. Evans Summit Hike
- Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
- After the Hike: Echo Lake Lodge
Map & Driving Directions
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