This was the first peak in our long 12hr day that included descending the northwest ridge, over the Sawtooth's 'gendarme' and up thru the gully notch, around mt Spalding to mt Evans. Nice boardwalk in the lower wetlands or shall we say mudlands. Partly cloudy with a little wind but an excellent day hike.
2nd time bagging Bierstadt, first time was February. Guess I have to go back this summer and fall? All snow and ice avoidable. Great day for hiking, 3 hours up and then headed to Evans via Sawtooth. Clouds stuck around the summit but wasn't too bad with sporadic wind gusts. Saw about 10 others at the summit.
First fourteener after a little forced time off...
This was my first 14er. Conditions on the summit were below freezing with high winds. We got snowed on occasionally throughout the day, but never enough to warrant turning back.
Great Hike, Advise doing the sawtooth over to Evan's.
Sweet hike. Crowded on the weekends. Plan on doing Evans from the same starting point this summer.
My second CO 14er. Great day, had the mountain all to myself. Evans is next.
Went up the West slopes and then to Evans Via Sawtooth. Very 'sloggish'.
Nice high peak for winter days when other routes are sketch. East ridge is my favorite route on this peak. Plan to continue revisiting this peak.
Absolutely stunning in the winter. Entirely alone on the mountain (except the other two in the party). Very cold up higher, with relentless winds and weather moving in from the east. Group opted to head down about 1/2 way up due to worsening conditions and exhaustion. A good day though. Watch for ice on route up from US-285. Most ice I've ever seen on a road.
Perfect weather - no clouds and mild winds, but that means lots of sunshine and frigid temps for a winter ascent. Saw a few people on the way up, and passed some overnight backpackers on our way down. Used microspokes myself, but saw others using snowshoes the whole way. They probably postholed a lot less in the willows than us, but it wasn't too bad.
I hiked up at night and slept out on a tarp at the base. That night I could hear a few lynx calling out to each other, which was pretty fascinating. The next morning, there was a bit of a storm, but the ridge wasn't too bad. Made it up in a few hours but couldn't see much with the low visibility. Hiking through the willows was a huge pain - I'm glad I had at least some help with flotation.
Me and my brother were in town for a couple days hanging out with my cousins so we decided to bag a 14er while we were here. So we stopped by this one for a glorious day in the mountains while on our way to a family reunion in steamboat. When we summited we say a storm that we thought was a long way off, but quickly blew in causing us to run down in some places while the clouds set in and it began to rain. But we all ended up having a good time.
A beautiful hike we squeezed in before winter. A little snow, but not enough to shut it down (or change the sport) Gorgeous color and clarity.
Mt Bierstadt from Guanella Pass
Worth a 2 1/2 hour am hike in stable conditions without crossing over the sawtooth to Evans.
Fun hike via the east arete and Sawtooth.
Beautiful fall day
I flew out of Minneapolis at 7:20 a.m., arrived in Denver, checked into the Super 8 in Goergetown and was on the summit before 2. There was quite a bit of snow (for the date) high and lower there was a lot of mud which made the going slower and slippery. Weather was around but things stayed decent in our area. You could see rain in some places but there was no lightning anywhere. Felt our late start would be ok with the current weather conditions.