Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s 54 peaks that rise above 14,000 feet. Fur-tunately, you don’t have to be an expert mountaineer to enjoy the jaw dropping views of the summit. While there are several trails to the top that offer more of a challenge, the Mount Evans Summit Trail is the pawfect option for those with little time.
To reach the trailhead, you and your pooch get to travel up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America. As you make your way up the windy road, gaze out over the puptacular scenery. When the road ends and it seems like it might hit the clouds, you’ve made it. From the parking lot, follow the rocky path to the summit. There’s probably no other time in their life that your doggo can say they bagged a peak in less than 20 minutes! At the top, your four legged hiker will be pawsitively amazed at the 360° vistas.
Hiking at 14,000 feet comes with some precautions. Be sure to lather on some sunscreen since there is significantly less protection from the sun’s rays. Also, the combination of high elevation and tall mountain peaks can result in unpredictable weather. Storms tend to roll in later in the day, so if possible, schedule your adventure for the morning. And, of course, expect a change in your breathing to take place.
Due to heavy winter snow, this trail is only available from
June to September. Chances are you will see some mountain goats traipsing
around the peak. There are also plenty of amazing stops and hikes on the byway,
so plan some extra time so your pooch can enjoy the area. Carry some clean up bags and be sure to pick
up after your pup. Even though the hike is short, have plenty of water on hand.
This is definitely one trail your pup will want to write home about!