Colorful Colorado and beyond…
I seriously needed a mountain fix last weekend. This is why I moved to Colorado in 1989, after all…for the crisp mountain air, flowing creeks, and the serene beauty.
Mt. Evans makes for a quick afternoon trip from Denver. From Idaho Springs, take CO Hwy 103. The road is pine and Aspen lined until you turn off onto Hwy 5 and head up above timberline. It’s also a beautiful road to travel the during Aspen season, which is typically the last week of September-first week of October.
Echo Lake is the first stop before taking Mt. Evans Road to the summit. Cost is $15 per car for a three-day pass. Many times you will find mountain goats grazing along the road. But, this day, was not our day. We didn’t see any goats, but did spot a man feeling lucky taking a-too-close picture of a large elk.
Once on your way to the summit, the first stop is Summit Lake. This crystal clear lake is at 12,830 ft. elevation. And, it is impressively beautiful.
Next stop up the road is Mt. Goliath Research Natural Area with 160 acres dedicated to the Bristlecone Pines, for study and protection of these enchanting pines. The Bristlecone Pines in the park are 700-1,600 years old making them some of the oldest tree species on earth. Pretty cool, right?
Mt. Evans Summit: 14,130 ft. elevation. And, baby, it’s cold up here!
The road to Mt. Evans Road has this amazing waterfall. You can’t miss it. It is on the main road (CO Hwy 103) from Idaho Springs. It is part of the Chicago Lakes trail and it is a must stop.
Explore, play in the water, it’s cold and amazingly clear.
I can’t wait to get back in the mountains! We will be in Lake Dillon next month for a weekend. I am so excited to see and explore an area I haven’t spent much time in.
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” Unknown