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Steve Reardon and a friend, from the Big Shark Racing, conquer Mount Evans. Apparently, there is not enough uphill riding in their native state of Missouri.


Author's note: There is a $3.00 entrance fee if you are riding a bicycle, walking or running up Mount Evans.


Bicycling to the top of Mount Evans is popular regardless of your home location. In years past, there was an outfitter who offered cycle tours from the summit to the entrance station, but they are no longer offering cycling tours. Cyclists typically start from either Idaho Springs or the Mount Evans Entrance station.

If you plan to ride from Idaho Springs, it is recommended that you park your car in the Clear Creek Middle School parking lot that is on the south side of Hwy 103 just past the Clear Creek Ranger Station. DO NOT park in the Ranger Station parking lot, as space is limited. The 30-mile route involves an elevation gain of 6,724 feet. If you take this route, do not be fooled by the first 7 (easy) miles! Allow at least 3 to 4 hours to complete the trip to the summit.

If you plan to ride from the Entrance Station, it is recommended that you park your car in the parking lot just south of the Entrance Station. This 15-mile route involves an elevation gain of 3,530 feet. Allow at least 2 to 3 hours to complete the trip to the summit.

NOTES:
  • It is best to start your journey as early in the day as possible to avoid automobiles and usual afternoon thunderstorms.
  • There is no water on the mountain, so either plan on carrying all the water you need or bum it off the friendly tourist! I typically carry 6 to 8 liters of water in my van and freely offer it to cyclist.
  • Regardless of the temperature at your start location, it will be cold at the top of the mountain. Carry at least a quality windbreaker or insulated jacket for your time at the top and the ride back down to your start location.
  • Remember at 14,000 feet there is 1/2 the amount of oxygen in the air as at sea level!


The elevation gain along your route will very dramatically. The two charts below are from Idaho Springs to the Entrance and from the Entrance to the Summit. For the most part it is a total uphill climb with only two of spots where you actually get to go down when going up. One is just before Summit Lake (after mile post 9 and the other is between mile posts 12 and 13. All elevations and elevation gains are in feet and all miles base on road-side mileage markers. Elevations was determined by GPS receiver (WAAS). Your elevations may vary and subject to change without notice <G>.

Miles (Grade) Elevation Gain   Miles (Grade) Elevation Gain
0 (Idaho Springs) 7,586   0 (Entrance Station) 10,750  
1  (1.4%) 7,661 75 1 (5.0%) 11,016 266
2 (2,3%) 7,784 123 2 (5.6%) 11,311 295
3 (2.9%) 7,940 156 3 (6.1%) 11,631 320
4 (4.4%) 8,173 233 4 (5.6%) 11,926 295
5 (6.1%) 8,496 323 5 (5.8%) 12,231 305
6 (6.1%) 8,819 323 6 (4.8%) 12,486 255
7 (2.1%) 8,934 115 7 (3.1%) 12,650 164
8 (6.3%) 9,264 330 8 (3.9%) 12,858 206
9 (5.4%) 9,548 284 9 (1.2%) 12,920 62
10 (5.2%) 9,821 273 10 (2.4%) 13,045 125
11 (5.5%) 10,138 317 11 (3.7%) 13,242 197
12 (5.4%) 10,424 286 12 (3.9%) 13,447 205
13 (4.8%) 10,680 256 13 (5.2%) 13,722 275
      14 (5.1%) 13,991 269
Entrance (13,35) 10,750 70 Summit (14,65) 14,127 136
 
     
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