Mount Bierstadt Climber's Log

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challengehikes - Jul 8, 2005 8:11 am

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: July 4, 2005  Sucess!

Pretty busy on the fourth. Very nice climb


bigwilly - Jul 5, 2005 11:41 pm

Route Climbed: West Slopes/sawtooth Date Climbed: July 4th2005  Sucess!

Climbed the trail in two hours, descended the sawtooth in 4.5. Great day and no one once we left the summit. Tons of fun.


keenez01 - Jun 26, 2005 2:33 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Trailhead Date Climbed: 03/16/2002  Sucess!

gratefultransplant - Jun 25, 2005 1:40 am

Route Climbed: guanella pass- Date Climbed: 4/26/05  Sucess!

awesome hike, but the willows still sucked. way more enjoyable and far less crowded than what you find during the summer months.

djilk - Jun 22, 2005 8:12 pm

Route Climbed: Bierstadt Trail / Guanella Pass Date Climbed: June 22, 2005  Sucess!

Beautiful day, incredible views of not only the nearby peaks but the entire Arkansas Valley and... could that be the Bells on the horizon? Trail was very muddy and wet; creek crossing is on some small tenuous logs, and above about 12,500' the trail devolves into random snowfields and muddy tundra. No need at all for snowshoes but good boots are still necessary. Not a cloud in the sky at our 8:40 summit, but just 90 minutes later as we looked back there was lightning on Evans. Start early!

umbra alta

umbra alta - Jun 22, 2005 12:55 pm

Route Climbed: South Southeast Ridge w/ Sawtooth Traverse Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

Climbed this ridge from a descent of Evans/Epaulet saddle as recommended by Gerry Roach in his guide book. Some minor scrambling only, then traversed sawtooth to Evans. Fun scrambling, but would be better from Evans to Bierstadt in my opinion: Better views. For some reason I was very fatigued all day, so we hitched a ride from the summit of Evans down to the car at the saddle and didn't feel bad about it. Great route for avoiding the inevitable crowds, we only saw other people on the two summits. Don't believe the hype; a rope would have been serious overkill for this traverse.

mtnsavy - Jun 21, 2005 2:43 am

Route Climbed: Several Routes Date Climbed: Several Times  Sucess!

Do the SE Ridge- flawless pink granite awaits.

Lauren Schmidt - Jun 6, 2005 1:35 pm

Route Climbed: West Slope / Guanella Pass Date Climbed: June 5, 2005  Sucess!

Made it with no problem on June 5 (with cute but out-of-shape golden retriever). Were worried about the storm on June 4 and brought snowshoes, but decided to leave them in the car after looking at the peak. Good decision. We left the trailhead around 7 a.m. with most of the trail frozen and under a dusting of snow -- all melted on the return. Looks like the worst of the storm didn't hit this far south. Still some significant snowfields but mostly hard-packed. Punched through two or three times (thigh-deep) but nothing major. Snowshoes no longer necessary. Willows were fine on the boardwalk / trail but a mud put -- gaitors recommended. More crowded than I expected the day after the storm -- we probably saw about 30 people. Car-to-car time 5 1/2 hours.

climber514 - May 21, 2005 11:05 pm

Route Climbed: Northwest Route Date Climbed: May-21-2005  Sucess!

Melt off is accelerating... snow fields were still abundant.

Would STRONGLY recommend bringing snowshoes, poles and gaiters. We started hiking the normal Northwest route on Bierstadt... once we gained the first large shoulder on the mountain, we skirted right to the west ridge which was largely clear of snow. We hiked this ridge to the saddle at about 13,600ft. The summit was snowy, but weather was great (60 degrees and a 15-20mph wind). Be careful of cornices on the final approch to the summit from the saddle. Meltoff was swelling a stream crossing in the boggy/willow area, and I got my feet slightly wet on the way up, and soaked my boots on the way back. Prudent route finding across the stream is possible to assure dry feet. Car to Car time (the parking lot is open) took us from 9am to 6pm with a couple of good breaks and lunch. Once again - BRING SNOWSHOES... the hikers that didn't were suffering chronic postholing and didn't have much fun.


ktiffany22 - May 15, 2005 10:13 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: November 22 & July 3, 2003  Sucess!

1st attempt: November 22, 2003: Dumb moves. My first winter acsent- only 2nd 14er ever. "We started the day in an all-out-snow-white-out.... couldn't see a thing, but it was calm & quiet, so we started thw ascent (4 of us). At approximately 200 feet from the top, negative 50 degree weather blew in, and my body began shutting down. I headed quickly into hypothermia and frost-bite of the hands, feet, nose, & other various splotches. I was lucky to get off the mountain alive- suffered 1st degree frostbite (no feeling for 2 months in my left toes, etc...). 2 of us made it back to the vehicle before dark, but the other 2 got lost in the willows, tramping around for an additional hour and a half. It was a rough day, but God decided that He could still use me in this world!:-) I WILL conquer it this summer!!!

July 3, 2003- "Yeah baby- I CONQUERED the mountain that almost conquered me back in November (read earlier entry). I felt great! Funny how truly easy this mountain really is when the weather cooperates with you!!!

Kojones - Apr 24, 2005 4:09 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass TH Date Climbed: April 22, 2005  Sucess!

Great Weather! Snow very deep made for a horrible hike back without snowshoes. I wish you great climbing!

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Apr 8, 2005 1:21 pm

Route Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: July 11, 2004  Sucess!

Continued on to Evans via Sawtooth.


coloradoattorney - Apr 5, 2005 12:18 am

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: 7/4/02  Sucess!

Nice Walk. Bring Water and Rain Gear. You never know.

easleygone - Apr 4, 2005 11:17 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: Aug 1990  Sucess!

I was another victum of the infamous "willows". What

a nightmare! Otherwise a pretty uneventful climb.

James C

James C - Apr 4, 2005 7:24 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: February 18, 2005  Sucess!

Great climb for winter. We had to pick our own line thru the willows. Summit has nice view of the Sawtooth and Evans


edlins - Mar 21, 2005 3:04 pm

Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: December 5th, 2005  Sucess!

Cold and windy early December climb!


altitude14er - Mar 20, 2005 7:09 pm

Route Climbed: West Slope from Guenalla Pass Date Climbed: 06/14/2003  Sucess!

Good snow conditions existed by Mid-June


kylerlott - Mar 15, 2005 9:22 pm

Route Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: July 7, 2004  Sucess!

Got off to an early morning start at 5:30 to avoid the crowds. Trail was very easy to follow up to the scree, then you could pretty much pick your own route to the top. Wind was chilly but bearable. On the way down I passed 62 hikers! More were still in the parking lot. Fairly easy hike using the west slope, the sawtooth definately looks like an interesting route to hike.


brandon - Mar 14, 2005 10:16 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: March 12, 2005  Sucess!

With Brad and Scott, a fun coincidence meeting them at the TH.


Scott - Mar 13, 2005 11:15 pm

Route Climbed: West Slope Date Climbed: March 12, 2005  Sucess!

I wasn't feeling well and was really dragging. After arriving at the trailhead after 11 PM and after a mostly sleepless night, Brandon, Jon Bradford and myself started at 4:30 for the summit (waking up at 3:30). Postholing the willows were pretty nasty because we missed the correct route in the dark (I found it on the return). Brandon and Jon completed the Sawtooth; I did not and turned back. That was a good thing because it took them 14 hours and I was moving slower than them.

On the plus side, the weather was great, and the summit view from Bierstadt was pretty impressive and a pleasent surprise. For some reason I thought Beirstadt would be just a pile of rocks like Bross or Elbert. There are actually quite a few rugged crags around making an impressive view.

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