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Mount Evans, West Summit, Colorado
September 5, 2001
14,256 feet

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Route from Summit Lake to West Evans
Dennis Zickefoose
Dennis on the west summit of Evans
Rich Wendling
Rich on the west summit of Evans
Mount Bierstadt
Bierstadt from the West Evans summit.
Evans' west ridge
Looking east from West Evans toward Evans
The Sawtooth
"The Sawtooth" from the
west summit of Evans
Mount Evans
Main summit of  Evans from the west summit
     After having driven to the summit of Evans, Dennis wanted to actually climb it.  After determining that the van wouldn't be fixed until sometime that afternoon, we headed up to Summit Lake at the base of Mount Evans.  It was a beautiful day, with a little ice on the puddles as we began at 8:00 am.  We went pretty much straight up the side of Evans, a little further to the north than when I hiked it in 1993.  This route took us through some boulders, and gave us the opportunity to do a little "boulder-hopping" along the way.  Once we got to the parking lot at the top, we skipped the main summit and crossed over to the western summit.  This summit is only 8 feet lower than the main summit, and is located on the ridge connecting Evans to the east and the "Sawtooth" ridge of Mount Bierstadt to the west.  It's a little class-2 hike with a fair amount of exposure, especially to the north.  Near the summit, there is a little class-3 boulder-hopping. 
     The view was tremendous.  You get really cool views of both Evans and Bierstadt, along with the "Sawtooth", Grays and Torreys, Epaulet, and Summit Lake.  I think this was the best view of any of the hikes we took on this trip.
     From West Evans, we returned by the same route, and ascended the last few feet of Evans' main summit.
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