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NoDakRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: October 14, 2003  Sucess!
My first 14er. You can see just as far from the top of a grain bin in North Dakota, but the climb is colder and not as much fun. I was a little intimidated, as I'm pretty inexperienced and there was only one other car in the parking lot. But, I made it and it was a lot of fun. I would, however, recommend bringing one more sandwhich than you think you'll need!
Posted Oct 15, 2003 9:55 pm

jrfRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 29th, 2002  Sucess!

jrf

I've climbed this mountain twice now. I decided to do this so a coworker of mine could climb his first fourteener. It took him quite a while but he eventually made it. The first time I did this mountain it was my 3rd. Beautiful (but crowded) hike. I'd rather do it during the week or climb Square Top across the road instead.
Posted Oct 5, 2003 8:21 pm

dpRoute Climbed: W slopes, Guanella Pass Date Climbed: Sept 16, 2001  Sucess!

dp

Really great fun in early fall- cool crisp morning, very few other people, beautiful sunny weather. Climbed it again with a larger group from UCHSC and Spencer the dog (#2 for him) July 14, '02.
Posted Aug 31, 2003 1:19 am

eurobeerRoute Climbed: Western Slope - Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 16, 2003  Sucess!
We attempted this last summer, but the weather kept us from reaching the top.

This time we left much earlier and reached the summit easily. Great hike, close to Denver. It will be a regular hike for us in the future.
Posted Aug 25, 2003 9:30 am

URKillnMeSmallsRoute Climbed: Western Slope from Guanella Pass Date Climbed: August 23, 2003  Sucess!
This was # 3 and I took the "Sawtooth" on over to Evans for # 4. The Bierstadt trail was shaded the majority of the morning, which made it nice and cool. My wife and I made it to the summit with a good pace of 2 hrs. The summit was really crowded but that did not take anything away from the experience. The "Sawtooth" was AMAZING; enough said. Thanks to Patrick for organizing the trip and Brant for sharing the experience.
Posted Aug 24, 2003 7:48 pm

belexesRoute Climbed: Western Slope Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 14, 2003  Sucess!

belexes

This was my first fourteener, and according to the CMC summit log, this was the first 14er for quite a few other hikers as well. I made the summit in about 1.5 hours. This is a pretty easy hike for a 14er. The boardwalks through the infamous willows sure are nice. There were quite a few other hikers on the trail, and the parking lots at the trailhead were almost full. I had good weather for the hike, partly cloudy and not very windy at all, even at the summit.
Posted Aug 22, 2003 2:39 pm

CanopyBoyRoute Climbed: West Slope via Guanella Pass Date Climbed: August 9, 3003
Got a really late start around 2:00 PM after waiting for a storms to pass. The clouds were off and on that day. Most people were exiting the mountain as we were heading up. We got pulverized by rain and hail, but the skies were blue when we hit the summit, and because of the storms, there was only one other couple on the entire mountainside, a rare treat for Bierstadt.
Posted Aug 11, 2003 10:12 am

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: Geunella Pass Date Climbed: September 12, 2001  Sucess!

bernardhohman

First fourteener. Great day.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 1:01 am

miztflipRoute Climbed: West Slopes to Sawtooth Date Climbed: July 9, 2003  Sucess!

miztflip

Made the trip with my wife on one of the most beautiful days I've seen in a while. Could see Long's to Pikes and all the way to Holy Cross. No snow and very few people. Crossed the sawtooth to Evans and Spalding.
Posted Jul 9, 2003 4:26 pm

scvanmRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 6/21/2003  Sucess!

scvanm

Great trip. Wanted to do the Sawtooth to Evans but my 11 year old daughter got altitude sickness. She made it to 13,500. I was very proud of her for her determination (this was her 1st attempt at a 14er). I waited at camp until my nephew returned, I then made a solo late afternoon climb (thanks Rick). We probably would not have attempted the Sawtooth anyway because there was a little too much snow.
Posted Jul 5, 2003 8:41 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: June 12, 2003  Sucess!

shanrickv

Had a great day going to the top. Not very difficult, but it was a challenge sticking to the trail due to the many snow fields I had to cross. I made the mistake of following two climbers ahead of me who went strait for the summit rather than angling towards the south ridge and following it to the summit. This just caused me to have to do more boulder scrambling. I spent an hour on the summit with great views of Longs, Grays, Torreys, Pikes and Mount of the Holy Cross.
Posted Jun 22, 2003 7:18 am

skibum7732Route Climbed: West Slope(Guanella Pass) Date Climbed: Jun 03, 03  Sucess!
Climbed with Jennifer. Late start at 9:15 am, but the weather cooperated until we were back at the jeep. Very easy hike. The willows were quite muddy and the creek was pretty high. There was a very small log to cross the creek which we decided not to use, we went a little north and crossed on a nice dam, small island, and rock. A few snowfields to cross, but snowshoes were not necessary. Highly recommended for a first 14'er or a lowlander.
Posted Jun 7, 2003 3:51 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: W Flank from Guanella Pass Date Climbed: summer, 1993 (?)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2012

Diggler

Guessing the time and route taken (I remember we didn't do Evans that trip, and the other options seem way too long). Another 14er I did with my Dad. I remember there was good weather.

3.24.'12: w/ Faith- W slopes, from Guanella Pass. Road plowed as far as (?) Lake (@ 10,850', ~1.5 mi. or so from the actual pass). Nice break after resort skiing for 6 days straight. Extra 3 or so miles, plus some great, repeated, postholing, made for a full day. Left parking lot 10.06, summited @ 14.39, hung out @ summit (great to be in the Colorado high Rockies again!), left summit @ 15.22, back @ parking lot @ 18.44. Great day!
Posted Mar 24, 2003 5:57 pm

marcminishRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: March 14, 2003  Sucess!

marcminish

A basic slog. This was only my 2nd 14er, but a nice way to spend a day on an easy alpine trek. Summitted with my buddy Paul Ivaska.
Posted Mar 18, 2003 4:43 pm

txmountaineerRoute Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: October 13, 2002  Sucess!

txmountaineer

Flew out to Colorado for the weekend of my 22nd birthday. I attempted Castle and Holy Cross the 2 days before, however, 750 ft to 14,000+ ft is quite a shock to the system in the span of 1 day. ;-) On the last day of my trip (Sunday) I simply continued slogging despite the obviously thin air (for a flatlander anyway) and made the summit! Great views and a wonderful snow climb.
Posted Mar 10, 2003 12:32 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: West Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2001

big_g

My 1st CO 14er. Seems like so long ago. The date should be accurate to within a week or so.
Posted Mar 3, 2003 3:49 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2003  Sucess!

Colonelpyat

My second winter climb of this one and my fourth overall. I was quite happy to find that the new trail and catwalks make postholing across the willows a thing of the past.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 2:41 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2003  Sucess!

mmoerk

Climbed Bierstadt for the 2nd time this winter. Next I hope to do Quandry or Evans (from Guanella Pass, before the tourists come back :-).
Posted Feb 19, 2003 6:27 pm

chef007Route Climbed: Guenalla Pass Date Climbed: Febuary 2 2003, Feb 212004  Sucess!

chef007

It started as a nice day but the weater turned bad when I reached the summit. I managed to get down alright but the trip home back to denver took three hours! The hike up the mountain was breath taking and I finaly got to sign a summit log.



This was my 2nd time going up Bierstadt, the weather was a lot nicer than last time so I got a lot of good pictures. I hiked with Bill and my girlfriend so the pace was more relaxed than last time. I think my girl friend was starting to get altitude sickness at around 13800 so I walked her down while Bill did the summit. Other than that it was a really nice day.
Posted Feb 3, 2003 1:14 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Guenalla Pass Date Climbed: June 6, 2001  Sucess!

Grant

The start of the hike goes downhill and crosses numerous marshy areas. The trail was maintained very well with numerous wood bridges over the wetlands. After about a mile the trail starts its climb. It was a steady slope all the way to the top with boulders at the last 200 vertical feet or so. At the summit it was somewhat windy and was also quite cold. After about 15 minutes on the summit I was on my way back down. It started to get hot lower down on the trail and the clouds were starting to look pretty threatening by the time I got back to the car.

Well I did it. Not really fast or efficient but that was ok. The views from the top of Bierstadt were well worth the hike. I would recommend this hike for anyone who wants to do a fourteener for the first time. Its short and the vertical wasn’t that drastic.



Posted Jan 16, 2003 11:14 am

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