Mount Spalding via Spalding TR
This is a easy out and back trail to Mount Spalding in Mount Evans Wilderness Area. There is a bit of easy scrambling about half-way up the trail.
This trail goes by Chicago Lakes Lookout.
Once at the top of Spaulding you have the option to complete a loop around Mt Evans, returning to Summit Lake down the steep front of Mt Evans or via the road. Or, you can cross over the western alpine saddle to Gray Wolf. You can complete a loop by making your way carefully down a social trail to Upper Chicago Lake, then climb the steep and rock-hewn Summit Lake Trail back up to Summit Lake. If you intend to do this, go have a look at the top of the Summit Lake Trail before you start.
The hike starts at Summit Lake, at the bottom of Mt Evans, at the end of Mt Evans Rd. There is a fee to park there, or leave your national park pass, ID up, on the car dashboard. There are restrooms at the parking lot. Look for Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats trying to lick salt from the ground nearby, but DO NOT approach them. Sheep will feel hassled and goats may charge.
Note this area and Mt Evans Rd above Squaw Pass Rd and Echo Lake are closed for winter, usually about Labor Day to Memorial Day.
This is a tough hike for anyone, so be sure you kid is comfortable with supported scrambling, steep drop-offs, and steep up and down climbing. Keep kids really close to you because this trail is easy to lose and unforgiving should one fall. On the positive side, fantastic views of familiar features -- ex. Mt Bierstadt , Guanella Pass Rd, and Abyss Lake.
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