Mt. Evans

In summer, be sure to stop at the Echo Lake Lodge, an authentic 1926 log building with a charming four-sided stone fireplace. The lodge has a restaurant, bar, and gift shop and is known for their pan-fried trout. The Mount Evans Byway starts at Echo Lake and climbs 14 miles to the summit.

  • In just three miles, the road breaks above timberline.
  • An excellent stop here is at the Walter Pesman Alpine Garden, where you can view 1,700-year-old Bristlecone pines.
  • These are the oldest living things on earth; in California and Nevada they achieve ages of 4,000 years.

They don't fare as well in Colorado because, ironically, the conditions are too good for them. The tree thrives on adversity in severe, windy locations. Click here to read more of this article..