Mount Evans Trail

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Mount Evans National Recreation Trail (#51)

This section of trail starts at the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site parking area. This short hike will allow you to “bag a fourteener” the easy way.

Operational Hours: 24/7 when the road is open
Fees The standard amenity recreation fee is required at Mount Goliath Natural Area, Summit Lake Park, and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site and passes are valid for all of three fee sites. While the road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (weather permitting) the fee is only required during daily hours of operation: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.  Vehicle Pass (1-12 occupants) is $10 for a three day pass.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Open Season: 28 May
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites. Dogs must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

Directions: I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 – Hwy 103. Drive approx. 12 miles to the turn off for Highway 5, Mount Evans road. Proceed through the fee station and drive 3 miles south on Highway 5 to the area.


  • Trail Measurement: 0.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°34'50.0"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°35'32.0"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.580543
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.592214
  • Elevation in Meters: 3694 to 3738
  • Elevation in Feet: 12130 to 12264

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  • Elevation in Feet
    12130 to 12264
  • Elevation in Meters
    3694 to 3738
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