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amanda&mattRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: May 8, 2004  Sucess!
The most amazing day on a most amazing mountain. A's first 14er. A very religious experience for both of us.
Posted May 11, 2004 3:24 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: May 08, 2004; July 04, 2004  Sucess!


May: I intended to cross the Sawtooth Ridge to Evans too, but there was a lot of deep unconsolidated snow on the ridge, so I bailed on that idea.

Great day, very warm conditions, lightly overcast.

July: Nice day, quick run up the west slopes with my wife.
Posted May 8, 2004 8:11 pm

WhereAmIRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: September 8, 2003  Sucess!


A gorgeous day with a beautiful layer of fresh snow. I convinced my bro and pop to come along on this one. Nearing the top the weather was looking a little menacing, but we summited and it ended up being nothing. My father succeeded in climbing his first 14er at 56 years old. The next day he felt fine whereas my bro and I were a little worse for the wear. I don't think I'll be able to convince the bro to join me again, but he enjoyed it anyway. A great beginning 14er.
Posted Apr 23, 2004 3:23 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: West Slope (Guanella Pass) Date Climbed: 1964!  Sucess!

Larry V

This was my first mountain climb, at the age of 9. I wasn't quite hooked until a few years later, but my first climb was really a fun one. We had to bushwhack a path through the willows at that time. Have climbed Bierstadt twice since then, always with children.
Posted Apr 20, 2004 8:44 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: West Slope (Guanella Pass) Date Climbed: September 28, 2002  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

A neat hike since I was a co-leader for a school outing. Had some nasty weather but everyone had a blast and all but one made the summit! Bierstadt is a great beginner peak and hopefully will get many more addicted to the mountains of CO
Posted Apr 19, 2004 4:35 pm

f360driverRoute Climbed: From Abyss Lake Date Climbed: 6/7/03  Sucess!


Busy summit. Climbed this one on my way to Evans via the sawtooth ridge.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:35 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: From Abyss Lake Date Climbed: June 9, 2001


Great snow climb and good work by the little bro even though he is a "flatlander"!! Also climbed from Guanella Pass on June 17, 2006 with Kara, Aslyn (7 months old), Chris, Aimee, Yukon, and Denali!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 3:50 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 31, 2002  Sucess!


We dropped a car at Guanella Pass and started hiking from the Burning Bear Campground. This trail leisurely ascends the forested Scott Gomer Creek drainage before reaching a junction with the Rosalie Trail. We stayed on our trail until we neared the heart-shaped, unnamed lake with a given elevation of 11,730'. From there, we ascended grassy slopes to reach Bierstadt's east ridge. It isn't reasonable to take a direct ascent of the east ridge from its base because a massive headwall forms its eastern terminus. From there we had easy class 2 hiking until we went up and over a hump. in the ridge, revealing the crux of this third-class climb. After some interesting routefinding, we were beyond the crux, and had more easy class 2 for the remainder of the ridge to Bierstadt's summit. We descended Bierstadt's standard route to Guanella Pass, retrieving the car we left earlier. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 2:17 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: West Slopes from Guanella Date Climbed: September 28, 2001  Sucess!


My first trip to Bierstadt and Guanella Pass! Erin had been warning me about the willows on Bierstadt, which she remembered from 1995. She was shocked to see the boardwalks that the VoC had since installed! This expedited our journey substantially, which was nice, since combining Bierstadt with Evans was a little more than we bargained for. The ascent to Bierstadt went well, without anything notable to report.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 1:57 pm

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: Guenella Pass and Sawtooth (once, at night!) Date Climbed: July 4, 2000 (initialy) September 2000, December 2001, December 2002, Febuary 2003 (since)  Sucess!


Bierdstadt is a fun and managable mountain. Accesable yearround it is a place to introduce friends to both hiking and scrambling routes on a mountain. The chance to drive up the Mount Evans highway to the summit of Mount Evans on an early autumn afternnoon, scramble across the Sawtooth to witness a spectacular sunset, scramble back by the light of the moon to return to your car, might not be the most traditional way to climb a mountain; but it is a sweet way to spend an afternoon after work appreciating something that many Coloradans take for granted.

Posted Mar 29, 2004 7:58 pm

MtnWomanRoute Climbed: Standard West Face Date Climbed: 2/14/04  Sucess!


First 14er climbed, and a winter ascent to boot. The incredible views were well worth the effort.
Posted Mar 26, 2004 12:04 am

pphluxRoute Climbed: From Guanella Pass Date Climbed: March 2002  Sucess!


I stopped by this peak on my way home from a failed

attempt on blanca. I had my buddy drop me off on top, and

I hitched a ride home to boulder.

I think everyone should hitch somewhere sometime in their life....

Anyway, pretty straight forward route. just watch carefully for

the tall poles which mark the trail.

Probably the most dangerous part of this ascent was the guy from

Virginia I met at about 10 at night postholing through the willows

with no snowshoes or headlamp. He also mentioned he had seen

bigfoot, and had managed to snap a photo. This is not a joke....

Anyway, a fun peak, and of course, great winter intro.
Posted Mar 19, 2004 11:19 pm

CharlesDRoute Climbed: Standard West-face Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2004  Sucess!


Climbed with a party of four. Our first 14er and first winter ascent in recent years. Great conditions with temps around freezing and practically no wind. Hardpack, patchy snow. Snowshoes very neccessary for crossing the willows, but not otherwise. Axes useful but not critical. Great views and good times.
Posted Mar 18, 2004 10:21 am

Aaron ReidRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Jan. 30th, 2004  Sucess!
Climbed in overcast conditions with snow flurries throughout the day with a large CMC group. I'd blazed up this trail in summer like it was a casual hike, but not today. My first time above 12,000ft in 3 months took a little getting used to, but I eventually made it to the top. Trail was well packed in places, and fresh snow from the day made the descent interesting but fun. Carried an ice axe and snowshoes all the way up and down but they never left my pack. Fun day.

Posted Feb 28, 2004 12:41 pm

Bill562Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: February 21, 2004  Sucess!


Easy 14er? Not for this flatlander. Made it though.

Crampons/axe really came in handy, especially closer to the top. Snowshoes helped in the lower sections. Saw many other people - looks like this mountain is a year-around destination.


Posted Feb 25, 2004 12:51 pm

justinRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Trailhead Date Climbed: 1-17-04  Sucess!
This was my first 14'er. The snow was not bad at all and the willows gave very little problems, the winds picked up though and that was a fun fight, gusts were at 40 mph with temps in the single digits. Reached the summit just over the three-hour mark. Great view from the top.
Posted Jan 19, 2004 1:56 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: West slopes Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!


My second 14er - since climbed three times more. The sawtooth ridge to Evans is a fun scramble, but the willows on the way out are a pain. The easiest winter 14er.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:24 pm

ogonzooRoute Climbed: Western Slope - Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 12/06/2003  Sucess!


a simple short climb did it in just under 3 hours round trip. my first winter weather summit. 45mph winds and below 0 degrees winds made this one a challenge. wonderful views... email me if you are interested in a great high rez panorama shot from the summit. b@ogonzoo.org
Posted Dec 8, 2003 3:37 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Sawtooth Date Climbed: 8/23/02  Sucess!


Climbed Bierstadt and Evans in one trip via the Sawtooth ridge.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 1:03 am

jeffgunRoute Climbed: N/W Ridge Date Climbed: Multiple  Sucess!


This is a common winter hike for me. I usually take my husky, Nikita, with me.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 1:41 pm

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