After entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs built a road up Pikes Peak, folks in Denver said, “Hey, us too!” So the Mount Evans Scenic Byway was born, and since it rises 154 feet higher than Pikes, it can claim to be the “highest paved road in North America.” From the top, it’s a short scramble to reach the summit. But there are several ways to climb the peak too, from Mount Bierstadt on the Sawtooth Ridge, one of Colorado’s most well-known traverses, or via a very long 17 miles up Chicago Creek. Another popular way is to start at Summit Lake along the highway and ascend the northeast face. It’s only 3.5 miles and 1,475 feet of climbing, but hey, at least you didn’t drive the entire way.
Recommended season(s): Summer to early fall
—R. Scott Rappold