Location: Evergreen, CO (Alderfer/Three Sisters Park)
Distance from Denver: 30miles (~40min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~4miles ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Moderate due to the elevation gain ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Small lot & street parking. There are two lots - east and west. The east lot is usually less crowded - drive past the west lot until you see the red barn pictured below. For the trail, just park on the street. ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
We loved this trail for the views at the top of Evergreen Lake and the surrounding mountains. However, there is one huge drawback - WAAAAYYYYYY too many mountain bikers. Rules of the road (or mountain) say that uphill has the right of way (that is, if the trail is too narrow, those going downhill need to yield) but that is hard not to step aside when a mountain biker is barrelling downhill at you. In Utah, mountain bikers would also tell us how many more bikers were behind them...which was non-existent here. So basically, we kept stopping every two minutes which detracted from the experience. Still, it was pleasant to walk through the forest and feel miles away from civilization!
The parking situation is not bad, that is if you know which entrance to use. The first entrance (west side) is the most popular and hence it is really hard to get a spot here. But if you park here, you add another 2 miles (each way) to the Evergreen Mountain Hike. Therefore, keep driving past this lot until you see the red barn (pictured below) on your right. This is the second entrance (east side) that is also close to the trailhead. We suggest parking anywhere on the street because the trail begins across the street from the red barn. Follow the Evergreen Mountain West trail until you see the fork in the road - stay right to get onto the Summit Trail. You are almost there! When you see the sign for the scenic view, take it - this is what you have been hiking for!!! We went to the top first, but there are hardly any views because it is all obscured by trees. We doubled back and found a rock outcropping to enjoy the views!
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