|Peak:||Mt. Bierstadt (14er)|
|Date of Information:||02/25/2012|
Guanella Pass road closed at 8.2 miles and 11,000 ft. Took us 6.5 hours RT. The wind was ridiculous, I got blown down countless times and could barely stand up on the summit ridge. Bierstadt is totally skiable if you are NOT looking for good skiing. Skied from the summit ridge about 15 ft (I could have skied more but the 70+ MPH winds instilled a pucker factor ski on that ridge; I almost got blown off the edge of it which would have meant a very unpleasant ride into a different drainage) Then hiked down 300ft to a snowfield and connected snowfields all the way back down to the willows. The willows are a nightmare. High winds filled in our trench in the willows, but it should still be there on the road for a little while longer. Snowshoes or skis are a MUST unless you like wallowing.
Photos (click for slideshow):