September 25, 2007

Driving the Highest Paved Road in North America

echo lake, mount evans driveEcho Lake

mount evans drive, coloradoYesterday I mentioned driving the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway when we lived in Colorado. Another scenic drive that we enjoyed was the 14 mile Mount Evans Road which ends at an elevation of 14,230 feet above sea level. There are several places to stop along the way. If you go, consider packing a picnic and allow time for exploring.

mount evans drive, coloradoThe last four to five miles of the road closes early in September, but you can still drive up to Summit Lake at about 12,000 feet. It is cold and windy at that elevation, so if you go, bring warm clothing.

summit lake, mount evans driveSummit Lake