Mount Bierstadt Climber's Log

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mattdalman - Sep 24, 2014 10:13 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2014

Great traverse  Sucess!

Part of a Spalding, Evans, Sawtooth traverse.


technicolorNH - Aug 28, 2014 10:31 am Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2014

Easy day  Sucess!

Two hours and forty five minutes up, one hour and forty five minutes down. I hope the trio of chilled girls from Kansas got off the top before the rain and sleet came in.


Moogie737 - Aug 25, 2014 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2014

Guanella Pass TH  Sucess!

#1 8-11-14 Interesting early approach thru the "bogs." Chilly on top. We were not the only ones who decided to try this 14er on for size... #2 5-25-15 Mostly snowshoes all the way up and down. Beautiful summit conditions. Die Gesellschaft war absolut ausgezeichnet.


Kiefer - Aug 24, 2014 10:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2014

West Ridge  Sucess!

Took a newbie up her first 14er on Bierstadt. She had a great time. I got a laugh out of the 'conga-line' of what had to be ~400 people! But, it was a Sunday, so expected.
Freaking cold atop!!


SCHO - Aug 17, 2014 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2014

West Slopes  Sucess!

Up/down West Slopes. 4.5 hours roundtrip including summit stop.


yadahzoemtn - Aug 16, 2014 8:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2014

One last 14er before the trip ends  Sucess!

This was the last one we had time for before a wonderful trip to Colorado came to an end. I will be back.
05/25/15: Another opportunity to climb this one.


jdmorehouse - Jul 26, 2014 9:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2014

Carnival  Sucess!

Used to being the only one on a mountain, having hundreds sharing the trail was disconcerting. And I thought climbing it during the week would bring fewer visitors!

Climbing Jack

Climbing Jack - Jul 21, 2014 9:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2011

#10  Sucess!

With Dad.


GooseOtter - Jul 20, 2014 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014

So. I'm a 1er.  Sucess!

A first. I am from Ohio, have lived in Denver, South, for about a year. Girlfriend and I decided to begin after much encouragement from her. We went and made it up and back. Pretty good accomplishment, for me. Out of shape within reason and have smoked a pack-a-day since turning 20 y.o. Definitely reconsidering the wicked habit. As known, Mt. Bierstadt is very popular and for very good reasons. Beautiful. The hike down and out was the roughest for me, especially the last bit with the wooden bridges across the swamp-marsh. I was just done and ready to be not walking anymore. I look forward to the next time.


belexes - Jul 7, 2014 2:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014

Bierstadt Trail  Sucess! 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.


Onager - Jun 6, 2014 5:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2014

A beautiful morning.  Sucess!

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!


AM_Hawk - May 31, 2014 10:58 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2014

Postholing builds character

Soft snow over marshes made for some serious postholing even with snowshoes on. Forced to retreat 250ft from summit due to lightning...


BradBartick - May 25, 2014 8:52 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2014

Easy climb in interesting conditions  Sucess!

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.


SiberianSayan - May 14, 2014 2:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1988

My 1st 14er  Sucess!

Approximate date. Wound up walking through freezing creeks amongst the willows. My first 14er.


MadGrad96 - Nov 1, 2013 7:42 am

Bierdstadt  Sucess!

Climbed multiple times

alpineair - Oct 28, 2013 10:03 am

Fun!  Sucess!

Sawtooth from Evans.


Pewma - Oct 15, 2013 4:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2010

Bierstadt  Sucess!

Nice hike up and did the sawtooth over to Elbert


belexes - Oct 12, 2013 5:41 pm Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2013

Bierstadt Trail  Sucess!

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.


DanielL - Oct 9, 2013 12:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

Snowy June climb  Sucess!

Climbed Bierstadt in snowy spring conditions - a great alternative to the easy summer trail and heavy traffic!


cgallaugher - Sep 29, 2013 6:30 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013

Early storms

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...

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