|Peak:||Mt. Bierstadt (14er)|
|Posted By:||Slow Moving Fun Seeker|
|Date of Information:||03/24/2012|
From the gate to Guanella Pass, the road is mostly snow covered, firm in the morning and slushy with some minor postholing the the afternoon. Traction, flotation, gaiters not necessary. The trail through the willows is well packed and again, flotation, traction, gaiters are not essential, though later in the day, flotation may prove useful as the snow softens and postholing is less predictable. Upper trail is packed and Microspikes might be helpful. I've never seen this mountain this dry at this time of year. The heat reflecting off the snow was rather intense and with virtually no wind, some folks had the foresight to wear T-shirts and tank tops. I overdressed to an unfortunate degree.
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