Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mount Evans

Our afternoon drive the last Sunday of June took us up above the tree line to the summit of Mount Evans at over 14,000 feet.
It is the highest paved road in North America.
We had driven the Pikes Peak road several years ago on vacation, and this one was every bit as dramatic, with no guard rails!
We learned that originally this highway was meant to connect three "fourteeners"-- Longs Peak, Mount Evans, and Pikes Peak-- but according to the brochure it "proved unfeasible at the time" so they gave it up. That would have been really cool, though.
Since it was a hot day in Denver we hadn't thought about taking along jackets. It was breezy and in the 40s at the summit.
We walked around a bit, but didn't take the time to hike the additional 100 or so feet to the actual summit.
The park entrance fee was $10 per vehicle... a bargain compared to the $40 fee for Pikes Peak! Besides, it's closer to home... so I expect we'll be buying a season pass for $25 next year. 

It's only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but it's a great Sunday afternoon drive destination!

1 comment:

pse said...

You mean it is not so scary that you would go more than one time a year?