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Top Gun Couloir Approach (AKA West ridge of Evans via Mt. Spaulding)

Intermediate/Difficult

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1.4 mile 2.3 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,024' 312 m
Descent: -222' -68 m
High: 13,829' 4,215 m
Low: 12,852' 3,917 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 17% (9°)
Max Slope: 50% (27°)
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Trail shared by Joshua Berland

Avalanche risk for Jul 10, 2019: Unknown

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Follow the ridge line, take in the beautiful views!!

Joshua Berland
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
CDOT says that the first 10 miles to summit lake will be open until the "first significant snowfall" or the first weekend in October, whichever is first. Exactly, what constitutes a "significant snowfall" is not defined. The road then typically opens on Memorial Day in May. Though you can always hike up the road in the winter months and check out the conditions!!

Description

Situated in the front range, you get all the views that famous Mt. Evans offers. To the west, the rolling foothills, stretching north to south as far as the eye can see. Reaching west the hills diminish, introducing the great plains and the bright lights of the Denver Metro area. To the east, three of Colorado's 14'ers, Bierstadt, Grey's, and Torry's, dominate the peak-littered skyline.

This link has both a great description of the approach and some great photos to help you get an idea of the terrain.

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Evan just through the narrows!
Mar 26, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Starting it off right below the cornice!
Jul 6, 2019 near Georgetown, CO
The Split
Mar 26, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Don't look down!!
Mar 26, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Looking south-west TGC visible to Evans left.
Mar 26, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Looking south-east, entrance to the chute visible directly behind Evan, where the ridge drops off. Also stunning views of the Aprons!
Mar 26, 2015 near Georgetown, CO

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