I, Jared, have endured the atrocities of the swamp trail or whatever you want to call it on the way back to Guanella Pass from Evans. I almost wish I would've resummited Bierstadt to avoid that. Unavoidable sticky mud under muddy puddles await those that veer off the main route. It was raining and was the first time I felt hypothermia setting in above 32 degrees. Learn from my mistakes, please.
Needed to get back at altitude.
From Guanella Pass TH left at 3:20 / Down by 9:15. Enjoyable well groomed trail.
Either in winter with tons of snow, or later in summer with none would be better.
Started around 6AM. Entire lot was filled by 6:30. Easy climb to Bierstadt. Sawtooth ridge had a little snow, but nothing to make the route technical. Evans was a little breezy. Descent was the worst part. Gully was hard to find, BUT there is a route down it. Bushwacking was horrible. Entire area was muddy from melting snow. More than ankle deep all the way back to regular trail. Back at car around 3:15PM.
Left Guanella Pass Campground around 7:30am. The road is closed for winter from the campground to the trailhead (adding about 2 miles each way). The snow was hard packed so no snowshoes necessary - we just bare booted the whole way to the summit. Didn't bring an axe or other traction. Took us 3 hours to ascend - 5.5 hours total. We had to navigate through a storm on the way down and got a little sidetracked. Lucky enough to have clear skies when we summited though!
A great climb before the storm came in and pinned us down on our way to Evans. Worth it!
Two hikes up Bierstadt in the late 90s.
Lots of people, great view.
Nice hike, winter-ish weather for Aug., a bit of snow from 12,000 feet up, great views.
Great scenic hike to the summit compounded by relatively big snow storm the night before given it's late Aug summer.
Niee warm-up for some other hiking in the Rockies.
With Ryan Draft
Hiked with my father and brother in-law. Nice day out. Started at 6am. Made the summit at 7:50a.m.
Good views, and a clear morning. Clouds started to build up fairly early.
Climbed it from Summit lake, across Sawtooth ridge. Didn't see anyone else until we got to the summit, where there were about 20 people who were up there and had walked the standard route.
Standard route up - amazed at how popular and busy the trail was. Fun hike. Arrived in Denver from Bay Area at 8 PM the night before, didn't impact me as much as I feared but did feel a lack of energy. Worked well for acclimatization for additional 14ers later in the week.
Awesome climb with my daughter. It was her first 14er!
Snow Flurries on the Sawtooth Ridge :-)!!!!!
Hiked solo in < 20° weather. It was beautiful!