Scale this famous fourteener, stare across The Abyss and contemplate your lost love. Originally called the “Chicago Mountains” by early miners, today’s Mount Evans massif contains a kind of “romantic triangle” of peaks. German painter Albert Bierstadt, who was more interested in mining romantic scenery than in mining gold, arrived in the 1860s and soon began producing the stunning canvases of western scenes that made him famous. One of these was of the “Chicago Mountains;” and Bierstadt, in a telling gesture, bestowed his wife’s name, Rosalie, on the highest peak. Enter the Colorado Territorial Legislature, which decided to move the wife’s name to a rounded, unimpressive summit to the southeast and honor colorless Governor Evans on the highest summit instead. Finally, a bit later, Bierstadt himself received his due on a peak to the southwest, perhaps out of some topographer’s guilty feelings. In any case, Bierstadt, the hopeless romantic, would surely be disappointed for he and his beloved are now separated by the great gulf called “The Abyss.” The high trailhead and relatively short hiking distance make this one of the easier fourteeners to hike.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,861 ft|
|Duration||120 minutes up, 96 minutes down|
|Season||Early July to late September|
|Trailhead Elevation||11,669 ft|
|Top Elevation||14,060 ft|
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