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jwclimbsRoute Climbed: South Ridge via Guanella Pass Trailhead Date Climbed: 9.30.00  Sucess!


Damn them evil willows on the descent!

We attempted to go on to Evans by way of the spectacular Sawtooth Ridge, but got bogged down by Evans many false summits and threatening sky's.

The Sawtooth was AWESOME though!!
Posted Jan 29, 2002 6:17 pm

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

miztflipRoute Climbed: Sawtooth with Evans Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!


The sawtooth provided a scenic route to Mt. Evans from Mt. Bierstadt. I saw my first Bighorn besides the ones on the interstate at Georgetown.
Posted Aug 13, 2001 3:04 pm

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

jratkRoute Climbed: form Guanella Pass Date Climbed: Jan. 2001  Sucess!


Great first winter ascent. Fun little climb.
Posted May 15, 2001 11:01 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 4/27/01  Sucess!


An easy summit, but the snow at the willows on descent would not support climbers and experienced constant postholing into waist deep snow. Gaining the summit by the trail and ridge was easy- I should have taken the same route down for descent. But I decided to make a beeline for the trailhead on descent only to realize that snow was covering the willows. I didnt have snow shoes, but even snow shoe tracks showed lots of postholing. A normal easy 4-6 hour RT in the summer, this day it took 11 hours and was not nearly as easy as advertised because of the constant postholing. Live and learn.
Posted Apr 29, 2001 6:29 pm

thepluggerRoute Climbed: From Guanella Pass TH Date Climbed: 06-20-90  Sucess!


This first climb of Mt Bierstadt was my second 14er, and done before there was any bridge work through those infamous willows! Once across the willows it was a pleasant walkup on a gorgeous blue sky day. I did it a second time, date not remembered, as a conditioning hike.
Posted Apr 6, 2001 10:06 am

Jerry ThomasRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 3/20/99  Sucess!
My first 14er, do not let the Mountain fool you, it is bigger than it looks. If you climb it with snow on the ground you get to walk over the infamous willows.
Posted Mar 30, 2001 8:56 am

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