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Mount Evans Scenic Byway opened on June 10. Originally set to open on June 3, it was delayed due to a snowfall.
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Now cleared, the 28-mile byway is the highest paved road in North America, climbing 7,000 ft to 14,130 ft — almost the exact summit of Mount Evans.
At the top was Eric Sullivan, a street biker from Englewood who biked the whole 28 miles for the first time. “I’m feeling great, a little tired,” he said. “The trip up here is iconic, I just did it to say I did.”
Cell phone coverage is poor, so the county asks that people have timed tickets ready before approaching the entrance. Road quality also is poor according to the recreation.gov site, saying, “...the road is in poor condition and has no guardrails, so be prepared for slow and possible difficult driving conditions.”
The site also warns that weather can change quickly, and “close any day throughout the summer due to winter-like conditions.”
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