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Front Range

Front Range - Idaho Springs

Idaho Springs to the Summit of Mt Evans

Type: Road Ride Start elevation: 7,524 ft
End elevation: 14,135 ft
Total climb: 6,580 ft
Distance: 56 miles

Mt Evans from Idaho springs is the feather in the cap for many Front Range Colorado cyclists. There is the annual Mt Evans Hill Climb that makes your time official; however, you may choose this ride through the summer months on your own. The ride begins in Idaho Springs just of I70 on Hwy 103. The beginning section is full of shaded switchbacks but pleasant road conditions along the way. Mt Evans is the highest paved road in North America on Hwy 5 to the summit of 14,135 ft. You can imagine that climbing 6,580 ft, you are bound to see some changes in temperature, and the natural landscape has some dramatic morphing of its own. You will be above timberline for a good time and the views are surely breathtaking, for there is not much air near the top so pace yourself. The average grade is 5-9% to Echo Lake and 10-15% to the summit. You will encounter some of Colorado's trademark wildlife, big horn sheep, mountain goats, yellow-bellied marmots, ptarmigan and elk. There is a small fee for cyclists, $3.00 at Echo Lake and Hwy 103, so bring some cash for the man In the booth. For updated fees and road conditions, check out MountEvans.com.

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