Day trip to Mount Evans

Beth, Sophie, and Sawyer near the top of Mt. Evans.  It's hard to capture the beauty of Colorado in a camera!

Beth, Sophie, and Sawyer near the top of Mt. Evans. It’s hard to capture the beauty of Colorado in a camera!

We have been in Denver for two weeks and haven’t really had a chance to get out and do anything.  Luckily, today we got a break from the rain, so we decided to hop in the car and take a little road trip.

Mount Evans was on my list of things to do early because they start closing down the roads really early in the season.  The road to the summit is the highest paved road in North America.  They already closed the last couple of miles of road that takes you to the top.  The rest of the mountain is scheduled to be closed the first week of October or the first significant snowfall.  Since Beth has to be on call at work every other weekend, I figured we should probably tackle Mount Evans now.

The Mount Evans Scenic Byway was gorgeous.  It is what Colorado is all about!  Lots of mountains, trees, streams, and scenic overlooks.  Since we have gotten so much rain the past few days, the water was very high and running really fast.

I'm guessing this is normally just a little creek, but the recent rainfall turned it into a very fast river.

I’m guessing this is normally just a little creek, but the recent rainfall turned it into a very fast river.

Near the top of the mountain is a small lake called Summit Lake.  That was as far up as you are allowed to go by car.  By the time we got to the top, the temperature had dropped about 30 degrees from what it was on the bottom.  Plus a lot of rain was moving in.  Luckily, we were able to get in a good hike before it started to rain and sleet.  We stopped for a quick, in-car picnic on the way back down the mountain.

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