|Park/Forest||Mount Evans Recreation Area|
|Trailhead||Mount Evans Summit Area|
|Distance Roundtrip||0.5 Miles|
|Elevation Start||14,130 ft|
|Elevation Gain||≈ 134 ft|
|Dogs Allowed?||Yes, on leash|
The Mount Evans Recreation Area is a popular park west of Denver where you can drive the highest paved road in North America to the top of Mt Evans. There is a short trail from the parking area to 14,264 foot peak where there are amazing views in all directions. Although it is a short hike, doing anything at 14,000 ft can be tiring. Also the weather can be cold even if it's hot at lower elevations. There is a good chance to spot wildlife in the Mount Evans Recreation Area, especially mountain goats, which are often seen near the summit area of Mt Evans.
There are a few other short trails in the Mount Evans Recreation Area. Summit Lake Park has a short trail to a beautiful alpine lake. The Mount Goliath Natural Area is for the protection and study of the Bristlecone Pine and has a few short trails.
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About 60 miles west of Denver off CO-5 S.