From Denver at I-70 and C-470 drive west for 39 miles to exit 221. Turn right and find a place to park. The trailhead about a hundred feet down the on-ramp to westbound I-70.
This approach is all off trail although there are numerous game trails throughout the area. This is the way I went and I’m sure there are other ways to get to timberline. Once at timberline it’s pretty easy to figure out where to go. If you have problems finding your way just remember to stay near the creek.
From the Bakerville Exit start about a hundred feet down the on-ramp to westbound I-70. Go through the trees and brush to the first steep area this is where the private property ends, from here cross the creek. Now on the right (east) side of the creek, follow the creek staying no more than a hundred feet away from it. After the rock out cropping start looking for game trails that litter the area. Basically follow the game trails on a small ridge about fifty feet above and around 50-100 feet away from the creek. At 11,000 feet a small talus field will appear on a west facing slope. Hike along (not in) this field staying in the trees. Soon after the talus field the slope ahead gains quite a bit of elevation, do not go up this, skirt along this slope in the somewhat flat area (northwest direction). Hiking in the flat area the creek will emerge again. From here timberline is only a few hundred feet away. Follow the creek to timberline, pass the cairns of the Bard Trail (not much of a trail) and head up the gully all the way to the saddle. From the saddle at 13,037 feet follow the ridge to the east to Bards summit.
Be prepared for anything.
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