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.
This was my first 14er. My tallest peak before it was only 5,648 ft.
Did it during the week from Guanella Pass were we slept to do the Sawtooth route. We did not see many people since we got a pretty early start (5:30am).
Beautiful day.I had read for years about the infamous willows,and kinda felt like I was cheating walking over those bridges.;) I'll live :).
The Sawtooth Traverse is very cool. Talus, boulders and a little escape from the crowds on Evans.
Did Mt Beirstadt, yes, I am so proud of my daughters 7 and 9 they made it all the way.
Scary scene on this summit after Sawtooth. We were made out to be superhuman for dong the class three traverse... I saw plenty of cell phones, and even a couple iPads... glad the city folk are getting their exercise... probably a hundred people up there
My 4th time up Bierstadt. There were easily 100 people on the mountain with me that day and, as usual, many of whom didn't look like they belonged there.
East Ridge is alot of fun.
Good warm-up, short and sweet
Nice cool day with a bit of a breeze. I am still amazed to see people going up at when we were almost back down. Went with some friends making for a most enjoyable outing.
Landed in Denver late Friday night, warmed up on an ~11er, then Cupid (13er), then this bear. The first mile and a half of the West Slopes route from Guanella is total cake, but that really lulls you into a false sense of security. Steep and rocky from about 12,400' to 13,700' then it's all gravy!
Climbed via the north face gully. It was fun, but SUPER loose.
Easy up and down hike, beautiful views.
Climbed with my daughter Kimberley.
9/20/03 - Std route from Guanella Pass in my cottoneering days, my 3rd 14er. Loved it so much I did it again 2 weeks later!
10/4/03 - Std route from Guanella Pass.
2/19/11 - Long approach to Guanella Pass from the Grant side, parked 0.9 miles past where they stop plowing (7.7 miles from 285). Exhausting trap door snow up through the willows capped off by wind and blowing snow up high.
12/15/13 - Pre-winter prep hike that proved Bierstadt doesn't have to be forgettable. Backpacked up Scott Gomer Gulch and camped overnight, then climbed the East Ridge & down the South Ridge before packing out the next day. Fun scrambling with snow but crux ledges on East Ridge would likely be very scary (loaded) later in the season.
3/6/15 - Std route from north side Guanella Pass closure. Dwight's final winter 14er!!
6/28/15 - Std route. Started hiking 8:15pm, slept on summit, back to trailhead just after 6am the next morning.
12/30/18 - Std route 6hrs RT, easiest winter 14er ascent ever!
The plan was to go backpacking with some friends, climbing a 14er was just a possibility in the beginning. But once we started up this beautiful mountain, I was set on the summit. Ended up summiting in some sketchy weather, but got down fine. Trip report here: http://intheexpanse.com/mountaineering/mt-bierstadt-2008
This was fun just because I knew the whole time it was the beginning of a beautiful obsession