Join me for a scenic adventure as we summit Colorado's Mt. Evans riding a Hyosung GT650S, shortly after the road was cleared of snow in May of 2009 and opened to vehicular traffic.
After riding from my home in Denver, we will start at Echo Lake, Colorado, at an elevation of 10676ft (3254 meters). From there, we will connect with the Mt. Evans road (Colorado Route 5) and ride to the summit parking lot at an elevation of 14130ft (4307 meters). In a distance of approximately 14.5 miles (23.3 km), we will travel from a sub-alpine forest environment to the Alpine zone which is a treeless land above approximately 11500ft (3505 meters) at Mt. Evans' latitude.
By the time we arrive at Summit Lake, elevation 12830ft (3911 meters), we will have traveled through several miles of alpine tundra and will have traversed an area containing permafrost (permanently frozen ground).
Continuing on to the summit, the Mt. Evans road quickly climbs above 13000ft (3964 meters) and before we reach the first sharp switchback above Summit Lake we will have surpassed 4000 meters (13123ft) in elevation.
After negotiating a series of exceedingly sharp switchbacks, we arrive at the summit parking lot. A short hiking trail leads to the true summit of the mountain at 14264ft (4348 meters).
Are you ready? Let's go!
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