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Mount Evans at Summit Lake
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Mount Evans at Summit Lake
Description - The 75,000-acre Mt. Evans Wilderness was established in 1980. Part of this Wilderness lies on the Arapaho National Forest. Two of Colorado's fourteeners, Mt. Evans at 14,264 feet, and Mt. Bierstadt at 14,060 feet are within the Wilderness. Seventy-eight miles of trails provide both easy and difficult hiking experiences. Wildlife to be spotted include bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, ptarmigan and other.

Recreation - Wilderness Areas are set aside by Congress in order to protect their natural beauty, allow natural processes to continue and provide areas of solitude. Mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted within wilderness boundaries. Wilderness areas provide excellent opportunities for backpacking, hiking and horseback riding.

Climate - Controlled mainly by the Rocky Mountains, weather in the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area varies extremely on a yearly, daily and hourly basis. Colorado's high elevation makes the air thinner and harder to breathe. The elevation also makes it easier to get a sunburn, because there is less air between you and the sun to filter ultraviolet light. Temperatures are affected by elevation, cooling 4 degrees for every 1,000 feet gained.

Location - Mt. Evans Wilderness is located southwest of Denver and northwest of Colorado Springs. The region can be accessed from Highways 62 and 285 within the Pike National Forest.

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Additional Information:
Clear Creek Ranger District - The Clear Creek Ranger District lies just west of Denver on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. It surrounds the towns of Idaho Springs, Central City and Georgetown. Its close proximity to the Denver metro area makes this area and its classic mountain beauty very popular.
Colorado Wilderness Areas - Some of the most spectacular terrain in Colorado is preserved within Colorado's extensive system of Wilderness Areas.


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