Camped at timeberline and hiked to the suumit by 7 am. A glorius early morning ascent. Snow was still prevalent on the peaks and I enjoed a magnificent view of the Gores to the west and the Indian Peaks to the east. Byers is a prominent summit with a mighty view. My dog Sopris was along for the summit ride on this mountain.
My wife and 15 month old Kessler waited above timberline, just below the summit while I went to the top.
Left trailhead at 5:35am going solo to peak. On top by 6:45am which surprised me. The trailhead sign warned of three "false summits." I never could figure out which humps were these alleged false summits because it was always obvious that there was more mountain to climb just over each hump. I was surprised to be on top so quickly. All my marathon training (even though at low elevation) paid off.
Great sunrise on the way up the trail. Only stayed 15 minutes due to windy conditions. Ran back down the trail. Back at the car by 7:35am. Great two-hour hike.
Took a group of ski town 5th graders up to the summit. Their boundless energy made for a quick trip up, but a "distracted" trip down! This is a great hike for early, early morning, enabling a hiker to have the afternoon available for other activities.