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The Summit Lake bowl offers some fine alpine ice and rock routes topping out at or near 14,000'. Summer T-storms are the biggest danger. Easy access is limited to June-September by the closure of the Mt. Evans highway. It's a long hike up the road or Chicago Lakes basin the rest of the year.
Drive up I-70 to Idaho Springs. Take the Mt. Evans highway to the Echo Lake. Take a right at the Echo Lake Lodge, and follow the summit road to Summit Lake. The main bowl just below the summit offers easy ice/snow climbs and has the potential for some mixed routes just below the summit if conditions are right. This is accessed by hiking around the south side of Summit Lake and up the slope into the bowl. The Aprons are west of the Lake - First Apron is northwest, Second is due west, and Third is southwest just right of the bowl. Mt. Spaulding is accessed by dropping down to upper Chicago Lakes basin, north of Summit Lake.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs:
Snorkmaiden's Surprise WI3 M4 Mod. Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 900'
Sunrise Couloir Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade II
Concrete Shoes Won't Help Ya In Da River WI4- M4+ Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 900'
The Snave 4th 1 2 I M 1b WI2- Mod. Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1420'
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Silhouette WI6+ M9 R CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Mt. Evans - mixed, couloirs
Steep, pumpy, wild climbing with multiple free hanging daggers characterizes this route. The FA involved a remarkable onsight performance on the crux pitch from Will.1) From the end of the raps, climb left into the gut of the gully and up a shield of funky, cauliflower ice to a belay left of the hangers at a fixed pin, 250 feet, WI3.2) Launch up the overhanging crack system, climbing two wild free hanging daggers and finishing on a steep, thin pillar. After 100 feet, belay in a sheltered alcove ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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