A good day with friends, first with Mike on a hike and then Kim and Judy for dinner and to stay the night at their house. Mike and I had planned on trying Mt. Evans from Summit Lake, but we had to change our plans.
Mike & I were @ Idaho Springs by 8:00 to find Mt. Evans rd closed because of a bike race. Sigh. So we were @ the Herman/Watrous gulches trailhead by 8:30 (ah, the I-70 corridor!) & we had pounded up Watrous Gulch in about an hour. I climbed up to the 12,500' saddle on the E. side of the top of the gulch & took pics of the various ranges visible.We were down by 11:00 & after running some errands & returning one last time to the Ǝ-G ranch, I left & was @ Kim & Judy's by mid-afternoon. Good conversation, good chess, good eats (Judy cooked dinner including my "birthday" cake!). Asleep by 10:00.