The mountains are quickly melting out in the high country! Mt. Evans is one of the more popular 14ers due to a paved road to the summit, but there are many alternative trails to explore. We began our trail run at Echo Lake and ran clockwise, connecting Resthouse Meadows, Summit Lake, and Chicago Lakes Trails. After gaining elevation through the forest, we emerged into a meadow, created from the 1962 Lincoln Lake Fire. We continued to cross alpine tundra and a little snow until we reached Summit Lake, where we encountered a commotion of cars and crowds. While we did not continue to the summit of Mt. Evans, I could understand why the area was so popular. Descending past Chicago Lakes with wildflowers at their peak was one of the best ways to complete a long run.