Summer always seems to attract out-of-town guests to our beautiful state. Whether family or friends, there’s likely one thing on their mind – hiking a 14er. Unless your visitors are used to hiking and exercising at high altitude, taking them up Longs Peak probably isn’t the best idea. Altitude sickness can make summiting the mountain difficult, if not impossible, for those not used to the elevation. We recommend taking them on an easier hike that still offers great scenic views, like Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. However, if your guests are dead-set on summiting a 14er, consider taking them to Mount Evans.
Why Mount Evans?
Mount Evans offers one of the most scenic drives in Colorado. Your guests will have the opportunity to see bighorn sheep while taking in the breathtaking views at the many scenic pull-offs. The road takes you almost all the way to the summit where you and your guests can get out and hike the rest of the way.
The Summit Hike
Once you reach the end of the road, you’ll be able to hike the rest of the way to the summit of Mount Evans. The trail itself is about a ¼ mile from the parking area and takes most people about 15 minutes to complete. The trail heads straight up the summit, and while short, does have some tricky terrain. You’ll have to climb through a rock outcrop and handle steep slopes up to the top of the mountain. Consider giving your guests walking sticks or trekking poles to help them navigate the trail. Once at the top, you’ll be able to enjoy the views without the fatigue of hiking the entire way.
Mount Evans is located just two and a half hours south of Kirk’s Mountain Adventures and will give your visitors a taste of the natural beauty Colorado has to offer. Best of all, your guests will have the thrill of knowing they summited a 14er, without worrying about altitude sickness or exhaustion. Before you head out, stop by our shop for suggestions on stops along the way or to rent some additional daypacks for your guests.