Photos are in sequential order going up the mountain.

Start (click and drag map; double click to move forward)

 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Mt. Evans RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.


  • Distance:                                             27.4 miles

  • Beginning elevation:                         7,554'

  • Ending elevation:                             14,100'

  • Elevation gained:                              6,957'

  • Average Grade:                                4.9%

  • Fiets Index:                                       12.46

  • Location:  Climb begins 2/10's of a mile southwest of the intersection of Hwy 40 and Chicago Creek Road, Idaho Springs, CO,  55 miles west of Denver International Airport (39.73919, -105.52242 latitude/longitude).  

Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.

​Cycling Colorado

Mt Evans


Ride Description

 There are not many rides you will do where you can say "This is the highest . . .", but this is one of  them.  Mt Evans - the highest paved road (therefore the highest paved climb by bike) in North  America!  For all that strive to climb the hardest, the longest, the steepest, the highest, this is a Must- Do!  You  will encounter unique wildlife as you climb this mountain, including Rocky Mountain big  horn sheep,  mountain goats (photo, above), marmots (they seem very curious and you likely will  encounter them  staring at you along the side of the road towards the very top of the climb).  Great  summaries of Mt  Evans are found at Wikipedia - Mt Evans  Be aware that the  top 5.3 miles of  the climb is limited to foot and cycling traffic after Labor Day (as of 2014) and closes  to  cyclists/hikers when weather dictates.  You will have no SAG support after Labor Day from mile  22.1  (Summit Lake Park) to 27.4 (summit). 

 This is as high as you'll ever get on a road bike in North America, so be prepared.  3% less oxygen for every 1,000' of climbing (42% less oxygen at 14,000' than at sea level).  It is highly recommended  that you climb a few of the "lower" peaks in the area before tackling Mt. Evans - I was a bit light headed  and wobbly towards the top (I had climbed several 8,000' peaks in California the week before the  trip, but that didn't sufficiently prepare me for another mile of climbing after 8,000'!   

Roadway and  Traffic:  Miles 0-13 are along Highway 103 (Chicago Creek and Squaw Creek Roads). The highway surface is a smooth two lane road with no bike lane,  but minimal traffic, particularly along the last several miles before the Mt Evans Road turn off.  Traffic is mild for the entire climb on Mt Evans Road (14 miles) and the  roadway surface good, although a little rough for the 5 mile descent from the top to Summit Lake.