My plan was to grab something quick when breakfast was served at 6:00am. But I really wanted to get an early start and give myself every chance of making it to the top of Mt Evans and down before weather moved in. So, I was up before my 4:45 am alarm, dressed and packed and on my bike by about a quarter to six. I had a rear blinking light so drivers could see me, and there was sufficient light to see the road. It was a clear, cool morning as I rode the first 5 or 6 relatively easy miles from Idaho Springs, elevation 7540 feet.
CRMBT could pay the $3.00 fee to use Mt Evans Road. I filled my water bottles, showed my wrist band and bike number to the ranger at the fee station, and headed up.