|Peak:||Mt. Bierstadt (14er)|
|Route:||Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans|
|Date of Information:||10/21/2012|
The route to the top of Bierstadt (west slopes) had hard snow and ice in a few spots, but they were easily avoidable. I took microspikes, but I did not feel the need to put them on for this portion of the hike.
I left the summit of Beirstadt to cross the Sawtooth Traverse to Sawtooth Mountain at 1040. I did not go all the way to Evans. There was approximately six inches of loose snow along the route in most places prior to the saddle at 13,300 feet. After that there was no snow, until the ledges on the West side of the traverse. There were a few spots it was unavoidable on the ledges, so use caution.