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.
My first 14er, do not let the Mountain fool you, it is bigger than it looks. If you climb it with snow on the ground you get to walk over the infamous willows.