Photographer's Note

Summit Lake

Mount Evans Wilderness

Summit Lake is at an elevation of 12,830 feet (3911 meters). It sits in a cirque between the peaks of Mt. Evans (14,240 feet - 4340 meters) and Mt. Spalding (13,842 feet - 4219 meters).

The delicate alpine tundra in the foreground made me choose this one over my images from the lake shore that I was assuming would be my post from here when I took them.

Andrew and I were walking the 400 yards back from my previous post and I took this shot from the trail .. I had just been doing some "portraits" and was not watching the camera settings when I turned and took this .. ah well .. it seems to have survived me.

Mount Evans is the only of Colorado "14ers" (Peaks higher than 14,000 feet) with a paved road to the top. It is a spectacular drive. It is striking that this place is less than 60 miles from metropolitan Denver.

The last five miles of the road (from Summit Lake to the actual summit) are closed by early September (the Labor day weekend) In some ways the closure is a positive event .. it cuts down the crowds at this magical place.

for more information on Mount Evans (the peak, road, and wilderness) visit:

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Additional Photos by John McLaird (jmcl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
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