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myroneRoute Climbed: From Guanella Pass trailhead Date Climbed: Monday September 6, 2004  Sucess!

myrone

Started up at 6:25AM only a few cars in the lot. Reached the summit at 8:10AM, one guy was heading down as I arrived so I had the summit to myself for nearly 30 mins. Spectacular views in all directions, perfect weather, lots of fresh snow all along the divide, only a dusting on Bierstadt. Headed back down with lots of people coming up, reached the trailhead by 10:25AM. My 4th 14'er and another great morning!
Posted Sep 7, 2004 10:32 pm

mountainjunkieRoute Climbed: East Ridge via Scott Gomer Creek Date Climbed: 8/16/03  Sucess!

mountainjunkie

Encountered some bad weather at about 14,000'. Reached the summitt in a hail storm; luckily the storm didn't last long. Prior to the hail, this was a beautiful climb with lots to see throughout the climb.
Posted Aug 28, 2004 10:15 am

F BombRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass TH Date Climbed: August 30, 2003  Sucess!

F Bomb

Ran into a lot of snow, in hindsight maybe should have turned around as visibility was very poor. Made it up and the summit was all mine. Waited for friends about a half hour and was back in Denver for the Husker game!



Go Huskers!
Posted Aug 26, 2004 2:19 pm

colintRoute Climbed: Standard + Sawtooth and Evans Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!

colint

The standard Bierstadt route would be a great intro to 14ers, and when combined with the Sawtooth to Evans, a fun climb overall.
Posted Aug 10, 2004 3:22 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass TH Date Climbed: July 22, 2004  Sucess!

rob_runkle

Nice, easy start...
Posted Aug 1, 2004 3:40 pm

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: From Summit Lake, From Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July - September  Sucess!

Saintgrizzly

I've done this mountain twice, from Guanella Pass late enough in the fall when the infamous willow bog was frozen, and a few years later with Aaron, from Summit Lake on Mount Evans, when we climbed the east side, which, in my opinion, is MUCH more interesting than the traditional--and easier--ascent from Guanella Pass.
Posted Jul 29, 2004 1:31 am

Andrew McKenzieRoute Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: July 11, 2004  Sucess!

Andrew McKenzie

Great hike, very gentle out of the car. Quite a few folks out on this nice Sunday morning. Not too much to look at, but the view of the basin on the north side is very nice. Climbed in conjuction with Evan's via the Sawtooth. Cheers!

Posted Jul 19, 2004 2:32 am

kcmuleRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 8, 2004  Sucess!

kcmule

My 3rd time on the summit. Hiked with usual compadre Andy, his dad Steve, who amazingly had arthroscopic knee surgery 2 weeks ago, and brother Dave who is only 9 years old. Great weather and as much time as we wanted alone on the summit. Can't ask for much more.
Posted Jul 11, 2004 7:57 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: (i) West Flank, (ii) Sawtooth Ridge from Mt Evans' West Ridge  Sucess!

Ratballs

I have a soft spot in my heart for Mount Bierstadt: my first solo-14er; my first ridge traverse; the mountain I take people up for their first taste of high Colorado. It's pretty, the views down onto your quotidian are great (Denver looks like a toy city--or am I thinking of the view from Evans?), as are they in the other direction. Try this one as a first and you'll really feel you're onto something great, and you probably are.



I'll be back again this Friday, popping another friend's 14er-cherry.
Posted Jun 22, 2004 8:29 pm

lostmanRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: May 8, 2004  Sucess!

lostman

A wonderful, wonderful day!
Posted Jun 9, 2004 2:58 pm

lostmanRoute Climbed: SE Ridge from Mt Evans Highway Date Climbed: July 27, 2001  Sucess!

lostman

Great route - my first Class 3. We continued on to the Sawtooth and over Evans back to the car. The only places we saw people were on top of both peaks.
Posted Jun 9, 2004 2:57 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: June 5, 2004  Sucess!

mr_g

Made the summit in an easy 2.0 hours, with about 1.5 hours back to my car. Very nice trail - easy to follow all of the way. There was some hard-packed snow near the last portion of the route.


My only complaint was the amount of dogs that were unleashed! Seems just about everyone thought the two signs at the trailhead (All Dogs must be leashed) did not apply to them, or they were above all of that.


There also was loads of people on the trail, at a late starting point in the day no less. Some people did not even know where the mountain was, or if they were on the right trail. Go figure!


There was a little wind at the summit, but that was early and it was picking up as I came down. The views were nice - you can see Pikes, Holy Cross, Quandary, Longs, Torreys & Grays, and a nice view of South Park. All in all, a good hike.





Posted Jun 7, 2004 8:42 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: from guanella pass Date Climbed: april 96  Sucess!

DaveC

first 14er, missed calendar winter, but it was definitely winter! w/shon and G, it was warm up top despite freezing winds on the ascent.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:10 pm

carloselbrusRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: May 16th 2004  Sucess!

carloselbrus

An easy way to the summit, plenty of snow ,5 hours roud trip, strong winds when you reach the X with the south ridge. Splendid view from the summit:Torreys, Grays, Evans, Pikes and all the big ones , the neighbouring The Sawtooth is very special.
Posted May 16, 2004 9:33 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

sbkelley

Probably saw about 300 people here on this Saturday in August. Much fewer than that once I got onto the Sawtooth, though. All these horror stories about the willows and now they have nice walkways through it!
Posted May 12, 2004 6:25 pm

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!

Chris

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!

WhereAmI

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

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