Lots of mud and willows. Touched the top and ran - lightining and hail before noon.
As a climber from California I noticed things are different in Colorado. The first difference is: NO PERMITS REQUIRED. The second is that there are a lot of roads, and they go high. My climb from the pass started at 7:40 a.m., and took three hours to cover the three miles from the car and about 2,800' of elevation gain. A nice, civilized pace :-). The weather was clear, the winds were dead calm, the temperature was about 45 degrees, and the view was fantastic. I could see east over the plains and west across the broad valley of Rocky Mountain National Park to the mountain ranges beyond. To the north and south, there were mountains, mountains everywhere. We were the first to the summit that day, which since we started from the parking lot first, was gratifying. After about 20 minutes at the top we started down. We met about 15 other climbers below us as we descended, and three mountaineering dogs, which sort of put things in perspective. The uphill slog back through the now sloppy mud, slush and willows was dreadful and it was with a great deal of relief that I finally reached the car at 1:00 p.m.
I just arrived from Florida (17 ft) the day before, so I started getting an altitude headache on the summit and had to abandon the Sawtooth to Evans. Back at the car I felt a bit drunk (although I had no alcohol) which I recognized as the onset of cerebral edema, but I recovered quickly once I descended further.
I climbed Bierstadt once before from Evans when I was better acclimated, making a big circle around the Sawtooth, up the north ridge and down the south, past Abyss Lake and up class 3 boulders back to Evans. A hard but fun hike.
The sawtooth ridge was fun, and, I though exciting for 3rd class. This was before I did Kelso Ridge on Torreys peak, and the incredible ridge on Quandary peak. Still Bierstadt is a fun climb, and interesting enough that you need to pay attention.
Have done this peak many times from all directions.
Highly recomend the Sawtooth ridge climb while your up there and the S. Ridge climg too.
check out Roaches 14er book for a great round trip from Evans.
Nice Quiet Climb
Cold blustery day. Summit had intermittant sleet. Summit boulders much like Democrat Ridge. Sawtooth was enjoyable with some exposure. Climbed from Evans and threaded through mountain goats and sheep on return. Guanella side looked like a golf course.
Very very crowded being a Sunday and all. Second 14er on my list and was pretty easy. Was able to get from the top to the bottom in less than 2 hours.
Very easy climb, best done as a "while I'm in the neighborhood" peak. Avoid the dreaded willows
This was the 5th fourteener that my partner and I hiked in 5 days. I was amazed at the number and variety of people making the climb! Beautiful weather and an easy hike to the summit. Well engineered bridges over the tough spots in the Willows!
This flatlander Hoosier joins his Colorado College student son for the second year in a row in hiking a 14er (my second), this time joined by my 53-year-old sister (her first 14er). Gorgeous day, great views and interesting hikers, ranging from a quartet of 60-something women to a young family with a 3-year-old and 4-year-old. A relatively easy climb, though I'd recommend those from Indiana try the acclimation thing a little more than the 14 hours we did. For the son and I, it was the first of an unusual double -- we did Massive the next day.
Easy from Guanella, although if hiking with Evans, watch out that you don't get off trail on the way back to Guanella...climb over Bierstadt again if possible.
A great alternative to the usual route! Didn't see a soul, until I intersected the crowd just before the summit. Must have been 40 people on the top - and the weather was spectacular. About an 8 1/2 hour round trip hike from the Scott Gomer trailhead. A little bit of everything scenary wise - beaver dams a plenty, cool woods, and an easy 3.5 mile prologue to the main climb. Recommended.
Personally found this to be a good first mountain to climb, not too far, not too hard, and I was 6 mos. pregnant to boot. Although a small step in mountain climbing, I felt on top of the world. Somewhat entertaining to watch the tourists scurry atop Mt. Evans (where there is a paved road to the top) after sweating my way up the easy slopes of Bierstadt.
Fun, easy 14er with a classic high-alpine traverse followed by an extremely boring slog over to the most uninspiring summit of my life...the tourist trap of Mt. Evans...
First 14er. Climbed w/Mindy and Scott. 2.5 hours to summit, 4.5 hours round trip. Beautiful view of Grays and Torreys on the trail. Impressive panorama at summit.
I have climbed the West Slopes in winter and it is a good first time winter accent. I also climbed the Bierstadt - Evans combination via the Sawtooth Ridge. This route is rated 3rd class and is for advance climbers and should be climbed only when dry !
This should have been a summer climb, but it was the day after the year's first snowstorm. COOOOOLD and Windy! Ugly summit!
Trip report is here
Great first winter ascent. Fun little climb.
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.