This hike is not for beginners and it is not easy. Kudos to all of you who hung in there from out of state. This is a hard climb especially at the top.They don't tell you about the boulders and rocks you have to crawl over to get to the top. Thank you to the blonde girl who gave me a full bottle of water on the way down and oxygen (pod) at the bottom because I was so sick.I never got to pay you. You are a gem! Then my angels who walked me down the last hour and a half as I thought I was not going to make it. There are good people in this world and they were on Bierstadt the day before the 4th of July 2012. Thank God. I will pass it forward Dee.