Nice, easy 4-hour hike to the summit. The weather was very poor, but not dangerous. We encountered fog throughout the entire hike, but the wind cleared some fog long enough for some great pictures from the summit.
The day started out wonderful, and climbing proceeded smoothly, with four new climbers taking on their first fourteener. However, at the summit we encountered a wind driven snowstorm, with lightning dancing on the peaks to the southwest. On the whole a worthwhile and fun climb.
Started up at 6:25AM only a few cars in the lot. Reached the summit at 8:10AM, one guy was heading down as I arrived so I had the summit to myself for nearly 30 mins. Spectacular views in all directions, perfect weather, lots of fresh snow all along the divide, only a dusting on Bierstadt. Headed back down with lots of people coming up, reached the trailhead by 10:25AM. My 4th 14'er and another great morning!
Encountered some bad weather at about 14,000'. Reached the summitt in a hail storm; luckily the storm didn't last long. Prior to the hail, this was a beautiful climb with lots to see throughout the climb.
Ran into a lot of snow, in hindsight maybe should have turned around as visibility was very poor. Made it up and the summit was all mine. Waited for friends about a half hour and was back in Denver for the Husker game!
The standard Bierstadt route would be a great intro to 14ers, and when combined with the Sawtooth to Evans, a fun climb overall.
Nice, easy start...
I've done this mountain twice, from Guanella Pass late enough in the fall when the infamous willow bog was frozen, and a few years later with Aaron, from Summit Lake on Mount Evans, when we climbed the east side, which, in my opinion, is MUCH more interesting than the traditional--and easier--ascent from Guanella Pass.
Great hike, very gentle out of the car. Quite a few folks out on this nice Sunday morning. Not too much to look at, but the view of the basin on the north side is very nice. Climbed in conjuction with Evan's via the Sawtooth. Cheers!
My 3rd time on the summit. Hiked with usual compadre Andy, his dad Steve, who amazingly had arthroscopic knee surgery 2 weeks ago, and brother Dave who is only 9 years old. Great weather and as much time as we wanted alone on the summit. Can't ask for much more.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Mount Bierstadt: my first solo-14er; my first ridge traverse; the mountain I take people up for their first taste of high Colorado. It's pretty, the views down onto your quotidian are great (Denver looks like a toy city--or am I thinking of the view from Evans?), as are they in the other direction. Try this one as a first and you'll really feel you're onto something great, and you probably are.
I'll be back again this Friday, popping another friend's 14er-cherry.
A wonderful, wonderful day!
Great route - my first Class 3. We continued on to the Sawtooth and over Evans back to the car. The only places we saw people were on top of both peaks.
Made the summit in an easy 2.0 hours, with about 1.5 hours back to my car. Very nice trail - easy to follow all of the way. There was some hard-packed snow near the last portion of the route.
My only complaint was the amount of dogs that were unleashed! Seems just about everyone thought the two signs at the trailhead (All Dogs must be leashed) did not apply to them, or they were above all of that.
There also was loads of people on the trail, at a late starting point in the day no less. Some people did not even know where the mountain was, or if they were on the right trail. Go figure!
There was a little wind at the summit, but that was early and it was picking up as I came down. The views were nice - you can see Pikes, Holy Cross, Quandary, Longs, Torreys & Grays, and a nice view of South Park. All in all, a good hike.
first 14er, missed calendar winter, but it was definitely winter! w/shon and G, it was warm up top despite freezing winds on the ascent.
An easy way to the summit, plenty of snow ,5 hours roud trip, strong winds when you reach the X with the south ridge. Splendid view from the summit:Torreys, Grays, Evans, Pikes and all the big ones , the neighbouring The Sawtooth is very special.
Probably saw about 300 people here on this Saturday in August. Much fewer than that once I got onto the Sawtooth, though. All these horror stories about the willows and now they have nice walkways through it!
The most amazing day on a most amazing mountain. A's first 14er. A very religious experience for both of us.
May: I intended to cross the Sawtooth Ridge to Evans too, but there was a lot of deep unconsolidated snow on the ridge, so I bailed on that idea.
Great day, very warm conditions, lightly overcast.
July: Nice day, quick run up the west slopes with my wife.
A gorgeous day with a beautiful layer of fresh snow. I convinced my bro and pop to come along on this one. Nearing the top the weather was looking a little menacing, but we summited and it ended up being nothing. My father succeeded in climbing his first 14er at 56 years old. The next day he felt fine whereas my bro and I were a little worse for the wear. I don't think I'll be able to convince the bro to join me again, but he enjoyed it anyway. A great beginning 14er.