Mount Evans Trail-West Ridge via Mount Spalding


A beautiful lake view from Summit Lake of the Mount Evans Trail-West Ridge via Mount Spalding.

From the parking area at Summit Lake, go north past the rock shelter house to the north end of the lake and locate the trail that climbs up Mount Spalding's east ridge. Follow the trail through the rocks and stay below the ridge line in order to bypass more difficult terrain to the summit of Mount Spalding. From the top of Mount Spalding, follow cairns south down to Mount Evans/Mount Spalding saddle, continue south toward the end of the west ridge. Follow cairns to a notch before the large hump near the end of the ridge. Drop to the right and follow the trail to the east. The trail stays below the ridge for most of the remaining hike to the summit.

At a Glance

Fees A $10 standard ammenity fee is required for the Mount Goliath Natural Area and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site. The City of Denver charges a $5 fee for Summit Lake Park, which is part of its Denver Mountain Parks system. For visitor convenience, both passes are available for purchase at the Mount Evans Welcome Station. While the road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (weather permitting) the fee is only required during daily hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  There is no fee for visitors who don't intend to park at one of the fee areas.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites. Dogs must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilet at Summit Lake
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 - Hwy 103. Drive approx. 12 miles to the turn off for Highway 5, Mount Evans road. Proceed through the fee station and drive 9 miles south on Highway 5 to Summit Lake.



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  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles (one way)

  Elevation : 
12,850' - 14,264'