• Date - 06/06/2009
  • Elevation - 14,264'/13,842'
  • Route - Snave Couloir/Sunrise Couloir
  • Miles - 4.0
  • Elevation Gain - 2,412'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Jeff Shafer


I had to be home for my daughters softball games starting at 10:00, so any hiking this Saturday was going to need short driving and trail mileage.  Mount Evans seemed to fill these requirements.  Starting from the Summit Lake Trailhead, Jeff and I climbed The Snave on Mount Evans, descended the North Face route back to the southwest end of Summit Lake, climbed the Sunrise Couloir to Mount Spalding, and then hiked down Mount Spalding's east ridge back to Summit Lake and our vehicle.  We left Denver, Colorado, at 2:45 and started hiking at 4:30.  We reached the summit of Mount Evans after 1 hour and 40 minutes.  We reached the summit of Mount Spalding after a total of  3 hours and 35 minutes.  Our car-to-car time was 4 hours and 10 minutes.  We made it back to Highlands Ranch, Colorado, at 10:10.


Kicking StepsLedge TraverseApproaching the base of the Snave Couloir.JeffSnow-ClimbingSunrise on Sunrise CouloirLooking down the Snave Couloir.Approaching the crux of the climb.CruxJeff climbing the upper section of the Snave Couloir.JeffSummit Photo (Mount Evans)Our descent route down the north face.Mount SpaldingSunrise CouloirLooking up the Sunrise Couloir.Looking down the Sunrise Couloir.Mount EvansSunrise CouloirMount EvansSunrise Couloir