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A day at Mt Evans (Colorado)

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2004/06/12
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.First Posted: June 14, 2004.

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I always thought that 12,095 ft Independence Pass was the highest (paved) road in Colorado. It probably is the highest Pass, but road goes up to 14,130ft below Mt Evans. Mt Evans itself is at 14,264ft and is the 14th highest fourteener mountain. Today was a cloudy Saturday with threat of rain in the air. I visited here a week ago for the first time, but only took a few pictures. Now i hoped for sunny skies and lots of pictures -- but maybe i can return tomorrow and it will be sunny.

As it turned out, this day was great for pictures including some unique opportunities I would not have on a totally sunny day. My photos started on I-74 and elvations 8,000ft - 11,000ft. The distant mountains rised far in the distance, above miles of evergreen forest which reached all the way to the road. Right by Mt Evans Road, I saw Echo Lake and the light was just right. The sun was hidden behind thin clouds but in a special way which provided even, soft light to my scenery.

Once on Mt Evans Road, I took my first pictures by "Mt Evans Information Center". One of the unique, wind-beaten trees was separate from others, and the sky behind it was dramatic. The sun was behind me, and with some patience it peeked through for me. The first stretches of "on the ledge" road followed. The single uphill lane had zero shoulder and there was no white line either. Where asphalt ended the downhill slope of the mountain began. In the following few miles there were very few turnout spots. The second turnout was on the ledge and at curved bend of the road. Just as I stopped, I saw a marmot only 20ft from the car. He was sitting on a rock right by the road. As I got out of the car, he was gone. I approached his spot but there was no sign of him in the area. I took pictures of the distant mountain peaks, and then I saw a mamot again, on top of a bigger rock. I took some pictures of him and approached slowly closer. He lost his patience after a while even though I stopped when it seemed I was getting too close.

It was more clouds than sun as I continued up the road. At VIEW DOWN I stopped to capture the winding road. The road ahead was in the shape of a semi-circle, along the edge of a rock-wall. I parked right by the 8ft tall wall of snow. The other side of the road had a view of a lake far below.
Mt Evans, Colorado
alone at summit
windy

goat 5 shots
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.First Posted: June 14, 2004.

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Notes:
• List of fourteener peaks - www.14ers.com/photos/photos_14ers1.html
• My Colorado Map has other links to other fourteeners info
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