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When people think about Colorado, they think mountains and Pike’s Peak. Unfortunately, that is a grossly limited view of what Colorado has to offer, and it’s even more sad to think that people believe Pike’s Peak is the biggest and best mountain in the area. I am here to tell you that it is NOT the best mountain in Colorado, and it really doesn’t even take second place.
Anywho, if you’re in the business of mountains, might I recommend a day trip to Mount Evans, just off of I-70 at Idaho Springs. Idaho Springs is a great little town, so you can grab breakfast and lunch there while exploring the area. Mount Evans stands at a towering elevation of more than 14,000 feet (just like Pike’s Peak) and offers an array of hiking trails near it’s base. You can drive nearly all the way to the summit and the views are gorgeous.
On the drive, you’re sure to see plenty of mountain goats and marmots (my favorite). They are plentiful and they’re not afraid of tourists. Mount Evans is the also the mountain in which the Chicago Lakes trail is on (one that Mike and I have been wanting to hike – it’s on our Denver to-do list). We stopped at one of the lakes on the way up. It’s called Summit Lake, and it is breathtaking.
As you venture up the mountain, be sure you have plenty of water, sunglasses, sunblock, and some snacks – even if you’re just driving. The air is thin and the altitude will do a number on you if you don’t take precautions. You do have to pay to drive up, but it’s not ridiculous (like the cost to drive up Pike’s Peak), and it’s free for military!
Anyways, enough chatter. Here’s the photos I have of the day!