Parked the car on a switchback a few miles from the summit and slogged up the north slopes as an acclimatization hike for Longs. I saw a herd of mountain goats on the way. Choked on fumes as I crossed the parking lot for the last 30' to the summit, but otherwise a beautiful climb.
Fun day of sun and wind. Howling wind on the "Mile in the Sky" made the easy hike a little more exciting. Had fun talking to gasoline climbers.
A bit harder than it looks on paper, great way to spend a day.
Beautiful day. Developing dark clouds shortened our lunch break although they never did anything more than threaten. The route was exactly as described on this page.
Great climb as usual. My wife and I found as many goats as car driving tourist on the summit. No snow but plenty of bushwacking through the willows getting back to Guanella Pass.
Yes, we walked up the last bit of road. Nice day though.
Would have been a great climb if it wasnt for the hail and snow storm.
Skinned most of the way up Mt Spalding and then climbed to the summit of Spalding. Then hiked to the summit of evans and teleskied back to the car from the saddle of Evans and Spalding. This was quite a long day (about 11 hours) and an excellant workout.
Fun route from the lake and I got Mt. Spalding too.
A cold and windy day when we got out of the car, we got out of the wind for parts of the trip. It was a great way to start a long Labor day weekend. On the way down we saw some mountain goats which made the trip even more special. I would climb Evans again. I had made one attempt across the sawtooth from Bierstadt but didn't get there due to weather. Would like to try that route again.
Second summit, but didn't get caught in a lightning storm this time.
Awful day, see trip report.
You'll have to read the trip report. Today was quite the adventure.
Flew in from sea level last night. I meant to traverse some grassy ledges that I saw from Summit Lake traversing up to the left across a buttress to the right of the couloir, but got stuck on a ledge after climbing about 30 ft. of 60 degree slabs that seemed easy going up. Somebody was there before because there was a 20 ft. piece of twin rope jammed into the rocks, but not long enough to downclimb even if I did have any gear. After thinking a long time, I wrapped the rope around my wrist (better than no protection, but not much) and made a scary traverse across a gap with a low roof and awkward holds and back down to the relative safety of the loose scree and talus, which I took to the ridge just west of the summit. Yeah, I know it's easier to drive there.
I summitted Bierstadt from Guanella Pass first and then around 10 am traversed the Sawtooth ridge toward Evans. The class 3 ridge takes quite a bit out of you, but I have to believe that going this direction is a lot easier than the other way around since you are climbing up the steepest parts of the ridge. There were a couple of scary spots, but nothing to worry too much about. The long trek from just past the Sawtooth toward Evans is a killer though. Long and demoralizing. On top of that, the weather started to turn windy and cold.
Made summit of Evans by 13:20. By then, the wind is really howling, and I had to put on all my cold weather gear. It was disheartening to see all those energetic tourists driving around the peak in their shiny SUVs, and even more tempting to hitch a ride down with one of them! Had I not come from Bierstadt, I probably would have tried.
Hiking back, I decided not to tackle the Sawtooth again. Instead, I went straight after the saddle and took an alternate route down and across the Willows. Mistake! The Willows sucks all energy out of you. In places, the plants were taller than me and so thick, I had to raise my arms and force my way through using my body. Millions of aphids flying around, I probably inhaled at least 20. The marsh beneath my feet was soggy and soaked my shoes, not to mention made me weary of quicksand. I had to use the branches of the willows that I displaced as "stepping stones" to keep from sinking. Took me about 2 hours to get out of the Willows. Fortunately, I can see the top of Guanella Pass most of the time. Otherwise I would have gotten lost for sure.
So take my advice, if you decide to do what I did, go back on the Sawtooth. It may be steep, but it'll save you a lot of time and trouble in the long run!
#4 of 6 fourteeners in 4 days of hiking.
Climbed with my son Patrick. We left the Pass about sun up, and now that the trail through the willows is so improved we made good time to the trees. It was an easy climb but it was longer than I expected. Some minor scrambling along the west ridge.
Instead of traditional route, we went straight up and it was covered in snow. Ice axe came in handy. Could have used crampons.
Chickened out on the class 4 pitch at the top of the Snave route and went around on the ledge to the right and around to the summit. Still a nice class 3 route. Have climbed this several times, various routes from Summit Lake, by car (and then to Bierstadt and back to make it count), and by bike from Idaho Springs.
Chuck and I rode up with our road bikes from Idaho Springs. Saw a black bear on our first attempt, but had to quit because of bad weather. Were successful a week later.
Climbed road to the summit. A snowstorm came in while we were having lunch at the summit. Lots of sheep -grreat day! Descended very quickly down NE face.