Sawtooth Ridge Climber's Log

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NorCalNomad

NorCalNomad - Nov 22, 2019 9:49 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2019

Bierstadt and Evans via Sawtooth  Sucess!

Cool bit of 3rd class with some 4th class if you want it.

intothewild

intothewild - Sep 1, 2019 8:54 am Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2019

Intimidating at first, but easier that I thought  Sucess!

I left Guanella Pass at around 7:15 AM and made it to the summit of Bierstadt at around 9:30, with the intention of doing the Sawtooth traverse and loop back to Guanella. I asked around on the (rather crowded) summit if anyone was interested, and only got a few "are you crazy?" comments. I started the traverse on my own, and after about 15' was approached by a climber who was doing the "Tour de Abyss". We then continued together. We decided to avoid a very large snowfield close to the top of Bierstadt and descend - rather than attempting the ridge all the way. We reached the saddle and then the fun began. Frankly, it looks a lot worse than it actually is. There are probably a couple of sketchy moves as you approach the part where you have to cross over. Weather was great - dry and sunny, and not too windy. Returning to Guanella was tedious and miserable because of the marshy terrain... as expected.

JesseSumrak

JesseSumrak - Aug 11, 2019 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2017

Fun Hike  Sucess!

Hiked up Bierstadt and then went to Mt. Evans via the Sawtooth Ridge. Sawtooth Ridge was terrifying. Ended up getting terrible altitude sickness and unfortunately didn't get to enjoy it as much as I would have wanted. Would definitely recommend though.

Trailboss88

Trailboss88 - Jul 15, 2016 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2015

fun, scenic, easy scramble  Sucess!

as part of Tour D'Abyss

TheWolfIsLoose

TheWolfIsLoose - Nov 2, 2015 2:32 pm

From Bierdstat  Sucess!

A fun little scramble that was not as bad as advertised. In fact, the scrambling was quite minimal, and the only real exposure came in the one spot almost immediately after coming through the notch that dumps you on the west side of the ridge.

I had met two dudes on the summit of Bierdstat and we decided to complete the traverse together. After coming through the notch, the smell of sweet bud was strong... I realized it was emanating from a girl up on the ramp that leads to the tundra above after she yelled down to tell me the line I was following was "bomber."

On the way up to Evans, I met a girl who was also from Pennsylvania. She only lived an hour from me and wanted to do some climbing together back home... sweet! She was doing a quick solo ascent of Evans on her way home from California. My other two friends took the standard trail to the summit of Evans, while she and I just scrambled/climbed up to the top via out own made-up path.

It started snowing on the summit of Evans, and thunder could be heard, so we parted ways with my new PA friend. We took the gully down to Scott Gomer Creek. During our descent of the gully, the skies opened up, and I was once again being hailed on in Colorado... A regular occurrence indeed!!

badmajick

badmajick - Sep 26, 2014 8:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2014

Fun  Sucess!

From Bierstadt, fun but lots of meandering, finishes on sandy funness. If you stick to the ridge it's class III, but there is definitely a lot of use trails just to the south side of the ridge making it 2+.

mattdalman

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

Evans to Bierstadt  Sucess!

Traverse over Spalding, Evans, Sawtooth, and Bierstadt.

alpineair - Dec 4, 2013 5:12 pm

Fun   Sucess!

Evans to Bierstadt.

Kiefer

Kiefer - Oct 6, 2013 2:30 am Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

Bierstadt/Evans Combo  Sucess!

Good day out climbing with my buddy Jim from Michigan.
Ridge is a lot easier than advertised. But fun none-the-less!

kkriley19

kkriley19 - Aug 12, 2013 1:00 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2013

Sawtooth

First summit lightning experience

alpine345

alpine345 - Oct 19, 2012 11:16 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2012

Toothy  Sucess!

Finally did this on a perfect day (50 deg, no wind, sunny). There's good scrambling if you stay right on the ridge crest proper and avoid the "trail"...

telemarkdude

telemarkdude - Oct 11, 2012 7:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 1996

Very Fun Ridge  Sucess!

Nice little scramble. Very enjoyable and recommended route for picking up these two peaks. The exposure really is not great and none of the scrambling was difficult.

DougBenton

DougBenton - Sep 7, 2012 9:15 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2012

Fun route!  Sucess!

great way to link Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans!

psycobill

psycobill - Apr 2, 2012 2:45 pm

1st 14ers  Sucess!

Did this the first week I moved my business to Colorado, was a nice initiation to 14ers

Up2zmtns - Jul 18, 2011 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011

Easy  Sucess!

Evans, Sawtooth, Bierstadt, Back... fun, easy, wished it was a little tougher... definitely no "knife edge" like the guy in the parking lot said

seth@LOKI

seth@LOKI - Feb 9, 2011 3:58 pm

fun walk  Sucess!

worth doing for sure-seemed like a trek from Guenilla to Evans after word.

Darren9

Darren9 - Nov 7, 2009 1:03 am

14er spree  Sucess!

Part of a 12 fourteeners in 6 days spree

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jul 12, 2009 11:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2004

Fun, but not that challenging  Sucess!

I disagree in calling this route Class 3, and I realize that runs afoul of Gerry Roach's call. I came out from sea level, spent the night, and climbed this route from Evans to Bierstadt and back the next day, and though there were a few arguably Class 3 spots, I was disappointed not to find some real scrambling. The only decent scrambling I found was in getting from one side of the ridge to the other.

Bottom line: If you're newer to this game, don't let the descriptions scare you. If you're not, don't get your hopes up.

benners

benners - Dec 9, 2008 10:23 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2005

First scramble  Sucess!

This was my first real scramble, all I know is that I completed this route in 2005, I remember it being fun but very tedious.

Dropmo40

Dropmo40 - Oct 31, 2008 2:46 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2007

a tooth  Sucess!

like a river guide in w.v.

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