Beautiful day for a climb. Got to the top of Bierstadt fairly fast then proceeded on the sawtooth ridge. (class 3 my ass). traversed until about 300 vertical feet from Evans when black clouds rolled in. we retreated without regret. good day.
8 trillion people on the trail. Went off trail pretty early on. Makes it much more enjoyable. 2nd time up.
Start early! My wife and I got descent parking at 6 AM and were at the top in 3 hours taking it easy. It took just as long to get down to the upward bound "traffic." Wow! Great views. Awesome morning to be on the top of Colorado!
Climbed with Marc; as I recall it, my first summit of this peak.
Trip report and pictures.
Climbed together with my son and dog. Beautiful fall day.
Wait a minute. There's no bier here!
Good day with good weather. Great company.
Continued on over to Evans.
First CO 14er. Fun time!! Grateful to have only 1 other person on summit.
w/ C. Treiber and B. Gibbs via West. 5:00am Guanella Pass TH - 7:00am summit. Sawtooths were impassable without an axe - very cold and windy on summit.
Wrecked hard on my bike yesterday and originally wanted to snave it up on Evan's but my left arm is useless so I just went for the easy hike up bierstadt! I had fun.
Nothing notable, just a straight forward hike.
summit of the year for me. Rainy at the TH but cleared up. Sean and I were the first to reach the summit before the conga line to the top ensued
Beautiful day between two snow storms. First 14er. Skied up until 13,000ft, then climbed the rest, used crampons to get back down to where we left the skis. Except me and my buddy, not a single living soul in sight. Great time!
Not a whole lot to say, another 14er.
Sawtooth to Evans. Great climb.
On a Sunday in late winter I was surprised to find so few people. It was a beautiful, cold and peaceful hike. It was just me and my thoughts all day.
I got a bit of a late start after my drive up from Denver at about 9 am. Fortunately the weather was good and made the summit in good time. Busy place with perhaps 200 climbers and maybe more. Excellent view and glad i took the time to climb this peak.
Winter ascent with Gabe and his pup. The road is plowed to just above the Guanella Pass campground at around 10,900'.
While blessedly sunny and clear, it was incredibly cold this day. Fortunately, the trail was pretty well packed but we still snowshoed until just below the saddle. The snow leaving the saddle was total hardpack - you could kick steps about 1-2 inches deep, and that's all the purchase you would get. It was beyond cold this day. Temps were in the single digits and windchill was WELL below zero. Not much celebrating on the summit: Take a few more bites of food and a sip of water and descend. I didn't even bother signing the summit register - just walked right past it. I just wanted out of that bitter cold wind.
This mountain is a sweet little teddy bear of a hike in the summer, but a formidable foe in winter conditions from the lower parking area. Hiking partners: Ricardo's CMC outing.