Meetup.com Independence Day hike. This was my 5th time on Bierstadt. The place was a madhouse, as expected. Full parking lots and tons of hikers, but that's all right. The weather was good, a little windy at times, but sunny. There were a few slower hikers in the group, and one turned back before the summit. This was the 1st 14er of 3 in our group.
Woke up around 4am and made it to Evans trailhead around 6am. Met a hiker at the lot and we decided to hike together. We hit the trail at 6:30am, made it through the swampy areas easily and over the still frozen snow due to our early start. It was slow going since this was my 2nd 14er and it was her first. We made the summit at 9:45am and got back to the car at noon before a storm rolled our way. Great day!
Soft snow over marshes made for some serious postholing even with snowshoes on. Forced to retreat 250ft from summit due to lightning...
Solo adventure in every version of inclement weather- snow, hail, wind, freezing rain, large hail, thunder, and intermittent white outs. Good fun on the summit ridge and good time given the conditions. Met up with another solo guy and traded beating the path through snow. Only bad part was freezing creek crossing with weak snow banks. Dropped thigh deep, but gaiters actually kept water out of my boots.
Approximate date. Wound up walking through freezing creeks amongst the willows. My first 14er.
Climbed multiple times
Sawtooth from Evans.
Nice hike up and did the sawtooth over to Elbert
I had planned to climb Capitol Peak this weekend, but I decided to play it safe. It was clear all day, but cold in the morning. There was a little snow on the ground, more is sure to come. Plenty of hikers on the trail, but not as crazy as a typical summer weeekend. The whole trip took about 4.5 hours, with a break of about 30 minutes on the summit. This was my 4th time on Bierstadt.
Climbed Bierstadt in snowy spring conditions - a great alternative to the easy summer trail and heavy traffic!
This was my attempt at a 2nd 14,000 footer and bringing a friend for her first. We had a beautiful day despite a late start: 9:00. The trails were crowded but everyone was friendly. Conditions were great and easy footing. We were just about at the turn for the summit, 13,750 feet, when a bolt of lightening struck the summit sending everyone down. Another bold hit just to the east of us and dark clouds enveloped the mountain. I had crouched down hoping for the storm to pass but there was no indication it would and hoards of people and dogs started hurrying back down. Hail started in earnest and stung any exposed skin as well as filled the trail with ice and the nice footing was complicated as the trail turned to mud mixed with ice. Everyone encouraged each other down the mountain and emphatically shared the feeling of defeat as many of us never got to summit that day. Those who did summit as the lightening struck were shaken, hair had stood on ends for some and you could hear the electricity crackly in the cairns. Am saddened to miss the peak but thankful no one was hurt that day. Definitely a nice climb and will revisit it someday...
Went with a friend and spent over an hour socializing on summit. Nice quick walk-up.
My 2 friends and I made it to the top in 3 hours. I didn't figure this was too awfully bad since we had just flown in from Dallas 36 hours prior to climbing. It's my 5th 14'er. Very crowded on the trail and lots of dogs! Fun time.
Sweet hike. I had no food(gave it to my friend) and 2 hours of sleep so I struggled. I'll have to return and hit it harder solo
Hiked with Ryan and Mareshah. Very crowded mountain.
We got up (and down) early to avoid the crowds. Perfect day.
Fun climb with my son, but nasty willows in the snow.
With all the snow this spring hike should count as winter! Was able to go right up the snow to the summit. Caught in light snow (and fell IN the creek) on the descent.
Took my 10 year old newphew up for his First Fourteener and success!