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wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!


Troy, Patrick and I climbed this peak together. It's my second time climbing Biersadt. We were glad to see the bridges over the willows, that sure makes crossing the "willows" easer with less erosion. Thanks. Also the realingment of the trail is great. The old route wasn't good, too steep which allowed for lots of erosion. The new route adds distance but is much better for the environment. We counted over 100 people who passed us (I'm very slow). Most of these were great. A few had dogs which were mostly well behaved but there was only one on a leash. That's against the law. Patrick got a $50 fine when he got a ticket from a Game Warden who was at the top of Mt. Massive when we got up there. Also, there were two climbers, a guy in a yellow t-shire and his girl friend who were trying to catch friends coming down the mountain. The problem was they were off trail on the tundra all the way. The girl got back on the trail but the guy didn't. That's poor trail etiquette. Saw a herd of goats but they were far away. Troy summited at 11:15, Patrick at 11:45, and I summited at 12:10. I said I was slow.
Posted Jun 23, 2002 9:21 am

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: August 15, 1995  Sucess!


My beautiful wife Carol climbed with me. We got a late start and the willows were their normal quagmire. There were many people on the trail as usual and the normal number of mountain goats. We could have petted a kid but thought better of it. Even with our late start we summited before noon. The weather was great. It's a much easer climb now that they have bridged the muckie willows. They did a great job.
Posted Jun 18, 2002 10:59 am

ctruscotRoute Climbed: trail from Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 1998  Sucess!
Lots of mud and willows. Touched the top and ran - lightining and hail before noon.
Posted May 31, 2002 3:47 pm

phomchickRoute Climbed: Guanilla Pass Date Climbed: April 14, 2002  Sucess!


As a climber from California I noticed things are different in Colorado. The first difference is: NO PERMITS REQUIRED. The second is that there are a lot of roads, and they go high. My climb from the pass started at 7:40 a.m., and took three hours to cover the three miles from the car and about 2,800' of elevation gain. A nice, civilized pace :-). The weather was clear, the winds were dead calm, the temperature was about 45 degrees, and the view was fantastic. I could see east over the plains and west across the broad valley of Rocky Mountain National Park to the mountain ranges beyond. To the north and south, there were mountains, mountains everywhere. We were the first to the summit that day, which since we started from the parking lot first, was gratifying. After about 20 minutes at the top we started down. We met about 15 other climbers below us as we descended, and three mountaineering dogs, which sort of put things in perspective. The uphill slog back through the now sloppy mud, slush and willows was dreadful and it was with a great deal of relief that I finally reached the car at 1:00 p.m.
Posted May 19, 2002 3:29 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Guanilla Pass Date Climbed: June 22 2000  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

I just arrived from Florida (17 ft) the day before, so I started getting an altitude headache on the summit and had to abandon the Sawtooth to Evans. Back at the car I felt a bit drunk (although I had no alcohol) which I recognized as the onset of cerebral edema, but I recovered quickly once I descended further.

I climbed Bierstadt once before from Evans when I was better acclimated, making a big circle around the Sawtooth, up the north ridge and down the south, past Abyss Lake and up class 3 boulders back to Evans. A hard but fun hike.
Posted May 19, 2002 3:17 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Sawtooth Ridge Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!


The sawtooth ridge was fun, and, I though exciting for 3rd class. This was before I did Kelso Ridge on Torreys peak, and the incredible ridge on Quandary peak. Still Bierstadt is a fun climb, and interesting enough that you need to pay attention.
Posted Apr 2, 2002 6:36 am

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard and Ridge Date Climbed: Several  Sucess!


Have done this peak many times from all directions.

Highly recomend the Sawtooth ridge climb while your up there and the S. Ridge climg too.

check out Roaches 14er book for a great round trip from Evans.
Posted Jan 16, 2002 7:56 am

naderRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!


Nice Quiet Climb
Posted Dec 26, 2001 4:03 pm

huronitoRoute Climbed: Sawtooth Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!
Cold blustery day. Summit had intermittant sleet. Summit boulders much like Democrat Ridge. Sawtooth was enjoyable with some exposure. Climbed from Evans and threaded through mountain goats and sheep on return. Guanella side looked like a golf course.
Posted Nov 15, 2001 8:04 am

xskier77Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: September 2, 2001  Sucess!


Very very crowded being a Sunday and all. Second 14er on my list and was pretty easy. Was able to get from the top to the bottom in less than 2 hours.
Posted Nov 13, 2001 12:55 am

steelemanRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: August 1995  Sucess!


Very easy climb, best done as a "while I'm in the neighborhood" peak. Avoid the dreaded willows
Posted Oct 28, 2001 5:17 pm

odysseusRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 8/17/2001  Sucess!


This was the 5th fourteener that my partner and I hiked in 5 days. I was amazed at the number and variety of people making the climb! Beautiful weather and an easy hike to the summit. Well engineered bridges over the tough spots in the Willows!
Posted Oct 9, 2001 5:56 pm

SwenGollyRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 8-29-01  Sucess!
This flatlander Hoosier joins his Colorado College student son for the second year in a row in hiking a 14er (my second), this time joined by my 53-year-old sister (her first 14er). Gorgeous day, great views and interesting hikers, ranging from a quartet of 60-something women to a young family with a 3-year-old and 4-year-old. A relatively easy climb, though I'd recommend those from Indiana try the acclimation thing a little more than the 14 hours we did. For the son and I, it was the first of an unusual double -- we did Massive the next day.
Posted Sep 3, 2001 8:09 pm

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 9/1/96  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Easy from Guanella, although if hiking with Evans, watch out that you don't get off trail on the way back to Guanella...climb over Bierstadt again if possible.
Posted Aug 16, 2001 11:40 am

mwalker2Route Climbed: South Ridge via Scott Gomer Trail Date Climbed: 7/29/01  Sucess!


A great alternative to the usual route! Didn't see a soul, until I intersected the crowd just before the summit. Must have been 40 people on the top - and the weather was spectacular. About an 8 1/2 hour round trip hike from the Scott Gomer trailhead. A little bit of everything scenary wise - beaver dams a plenty, cool woods, and an easy 3.5 mile prologue to the main climb. Recommended.
Posted Jul 29, 2001 11:21 am

maudie73Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 08/24/1997  Sucess!
Personally found this to be a good first mountain to climb, not too far, not too hard, and I was 6 mos. pregnant to boot. Although a small step in mountain climbing, I felt on top of the world. Somewhat entertaining to watch the tourists scurry atop Mt. Evans (where there is a paved road to the top) after sweating my way up the easy slopes of Bierstadt.
Posted Jul 23, 2001 9:29 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Combined with Evans via Sawtooth Ridge Date Climbed: 8/13/00  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Fun, easy 14er with a classic high-alpine traverse followed by an extremely boring slog over to the most uninspiring summit of my life...the tourist trap of Mt. Evans...
Posted Jul 23, 2001 6:14 pm

chuckRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 14, 2001 9:00 AM  Sucess!
First 14er. Climbed w/Mindy and Scott. 2.5 hours to summit, 4.5 hours round trip. Beautiful view of Grays and Torreys on the trail. Impressive panorama at summit.
Posted Jul 23, 2001 9:45 am

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: West Slopes and Evans - Bierstadt combination  Sucess!


I have climbed the West Slopes in winter and it is a good first time winter accent. I also climbed the Bierstadt - Evans combination via the Sawtooth Ridge. This route is rated 3rd class and is for advance climbers and should be climbed only when dry !
Posted Jul 17, 2001 9:44 am

mpbroRoute Climbed: Northwest (usual) slopes Date Climbed: September 24, 2000  Sucess!


This should have been a summer climb, but it was the day after the year's first snowstorm. COOOOOLD and Windy! Ugly summit!

Trip report is here
Posted Jul 3, 2001 2:22 pm

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