Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 4/27/01
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.
Route Climbed: From Guanella Pass TH Date Climbed: 06-20-90
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.