Mt. Evans is one of Colorado’s 14ers, a mountain over 14,000 feet tall (14,265 ft). Usually getting to the top of a 14er is reserved for those willing to make the trek on foot to the top. But not necessarily so with Mt. Evans. The Mt. Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America. You can drive to the parking lot near the summit. Roads are windy and narrow, and where you’d expect guardrails you won’t see any, so it’s definitely a road on which to take your time and be cautious. It’s outrageously scenic all the way up.
Once you reach the parking lot, it’s actually a short walk up a switchback trail to the summit. It is well worth it but take your time as the altitude difference is immense and you are bound to feel it. Both of us felt a little lightheaded. We were really excited to check this out with our friends a second time, and even being from IN they handled the elevation well.
There are amazing views in every direction. If you keep your eyes peeled you may even see various wildlife like marmots and mountain goats. Here are pictures from our second time up the mountain. Thanks to Z & J for use of some of their pictures too!
Who: Going to the top via car is possible for just about anyone, but know and be alert to effects of altitude and be smart about going back down to a lower elevation. Watch out for storms rolling in – lightning is a real danger. And make sure you have extra layers; it can be very cold and windy up there even if it’s super warm down in Denver at the same time.