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46.6 km  4306 m  (1993 m)  4.2 %


The Mount Evans is situated in Colorado, about 50 km (30 miles) to the west of Denver, the mile high city. The Mount Evans climb passes the 4,000 meter level and is therewith the highest paved road in the United Stats. There is a fee of 3 USD if you pass the entrance at about km 21,5 km, at 25 km from the top.

The Mount Evans is situated in Colorado. This climb belongs to the Rocky Mountains. The Mount Evans via Idaho Springs is ranked number 3 of the Rocky Mountains. Starting from Idaho Springs, the Mount Evans ascent is 46.6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1993 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.2 %. The maximum slope is 6.3%. If you want to climb the Mount Evans, you can find more information on how to train to climb the Mount Evans here.

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Climbbybike difficulty score (173.4)
Ranking Rocky Mountains
Ranking United States

Mount Evans via Idaho Springs popularity rank : 383

The Mount Evans has been climbed by 6 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 383 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Mount Evans via Idaho Springs: 8 reviews

Mark Tisch

I rode the Bob Evans Memorial Mt. Evans hill climb in 2011. It''s a tough ride due to not just ascending but it''s pretty long and of course very high (toward and at the top) at over 14,000 feet. The scenery is fantastic. I highly recommend the event.


The Mount Evans climb from Idaho Springs is a long grind that starts out with a low gradient, then picks up a bit after the first switchback at something around 8 km. The road gets a moderate amount of recreational car traffic, in part because the Mount Evans Road becomes the highest paved road in the United States. The first 70% of the road has a nice shoulder, however, so cars are not a problem. After Echo Lake, where many cars spend the day, the road continues into a fee area--cyclists also pay--and quickly climbs above timberline. The last 15 km or so can be very cold and windy, even when it is warm and sunny below. The road deteriorates somewhat as you approach Summit Lake. I got a few switchbacks beyond Summit Lake, to around 3950 m, before succumbing to insufficint oxygen and calling it a day. I suspect that effect on climbers is not uncommon. My wife made it to the top. A slow return descent to Summit Lake is necessary because of the poor road condition as well as the possibility of congested traffic.

Chuck Blakeman

Great mountain, much harder than the % grade; the altitude makes it the 5-6% grade of the last 10km feel more like 15%. And the endless switchbacks mess with your head, always wondering if ""this is the last one.""


Did this mountain when I was travelling from Alaska to Colorado on a 3 months trip.So that means on a 100 pounds bike with carriers.I did have a wonderful day with sunshine.The climb means that you have to dig in your mentalsources because of the lenght and altitude.Above 4000 mtrs means shortage of oxygen.But if I am around this mountain next time I will surely do this again because it is a beautifull climb.(If you are in shape)

Andy Fraser

Awesome climb (2008)! Arrived 3 days before from Ohio with two friends and had never done a climb more than a couple of miles prior to Mt. Evans. Ride about 3,000 miles per year with a lot of steep climbing mostly under a 1/2 mile. Our finishing times ranged from 2:46 to 3:19. We acclimated fairly well but had to pee every ten minutes! It was a great experience and the race was run extremely well!

Anthony Lue

As mentioned before, the profile of the climb makes it look somewhat easy but the average grade alone does not take into consideration the weather, temperature & the extreme altitude. Couple this with a 46.5 km climb to the summit, this is a mother of a climb! Started from Idaho Springs in less than ideal conditions on the afternoon of Sept. 5. The temp. in Idaho Springs was 47 deg F (8 deg C)! The first 13.5 miles (22 kms) to Echo Lake at the mid-point of the climb was not that hard. Once past Echo Lake, the climbing felt more difficult, my speed dropped significantly & my breathing became much more rapid. It was another 14 miles (22 kms) of suffering to the summit, battling the cold, unexpected wind gusts (which almost at times blew me off the mountain) & most of all the altitude. The last 5 miles (8 kms) after Summit Lake are the hardest. The slope increases, the temp is near freezing & the effects of altitude sickness made it almost unbearable. At times, my speed dropped to 5 mph (8 kph). The most welcoming sight was the last switchback leading up to the summit parking lot -mission accomplished! Having done the Alpe, Croix, Galibier & Ventoux earlier in July, Mount Evans is as difficult as any of these climbs.


If you look at the profile you might think this climb isnt very hard but youre mistaking. Considering the lenght and the elevation it makes it very very difficult! I think all Hillclimbers know what im talking about :-).

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