Denver to Guanella Pass
I drove on a weekend towards the Front Range Mountains. I took I-70 West, passed a few towns before getting to Georgetown, an old nice town from where Guanella Pass Scenic Byway climbs up above the Clear Creek valley.
An hour later I got to Guanella Pass (3,557 m./11,669 ft) which was the location of Geneva Basin Ski Area (originally Indianhead Mountain) from 1963-1984.
I hiked approximately half mile until the trail passes descended slightly into the fairly level marshlands surrounding Scott Gomer Creek before reaching Bierstadt's western slopes. On the rocky upper regions of the mountain (totally snow-covered) the route of the trail was marked by a series of cairns. I traversed but a series of short switchbacks until I reached a saddle point leveled 200 feet below the summit.
I took a short break once up there and looked at the surroundings. Minutes later I started the final ascent to the summit.
I climbed Mount Bierstadt in 4 hours RT, I used a pair of snowshoes and trekking poles which made my climb very enjoyable.