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Country United States
City or Region Mount Evans, Colorado
Travelling with Mike & Tara
Travel date 23 Aug 2003
What you've been doing

Mount Evans is a peak in the Rocky Mountains, famous for having the highest paved automobile road in North America. The road takes you up well above the timberline to a parking lot at 14,130 feet above sea level. The summit is just 130 feet above the car park, and a 1/4 mile trail leads up to the summit.

Not surprisingly the view from the top is stunning. On the way up, or down, there are several mountain lakes to check out, and there's a good chance of seeing some mountain goats. Also keep an eye out for marmots - big mountain dwelling rodents.

Mount Goliath Natural Area is accessible from the road that leads up the mountain and is well worth a visit. There you can see these gnarly old pine trees (Bristlecone Pines), some of which are supposedly over 1600 years old.

Mount Evans is only open from May (Memorial Day) until about mid-September because of the snow. Depending on the amount of snow, the actual opening and closing dates vary from year to year.

A nice thing for dog owners is that you can take your pet on the mountain - as long as they are on a leash.

One top tip is to try and visit in the morning. It's common for there to be storms there in the afternoon. Lightning can be a real danger, and being a pig, even though I don't have much in the way of hair, when you see peoples' hair standing on end because of the electricty in the air...then it can scare your tail straight!

Added : 18 Nov 2003, 02:59:00 (UK time)
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