|Peak:||Mt. Bierstadt (14er)|
|Route:||Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans|
|Posted By:||I Man|
|Date of Information:||01/06/2013|
Paul (CaptainP) and I hiked Biersadt and Evans on Sunday the 6th. Paul used the Grant side approach, and got stuck in his truck, needing chains to get out. He parked at the gate. I took the Georgetown approach and enjoyed a well groomed road to the gate closure. We each left the car at 730am and met at the TH at 8am. The roads are well groomed and go by quickly. The trail to Bierstadt is boot packed and the upper slopes are not holding much snow. The Sawtooth is a different story. The east side was completely covered. An ice axe is 100% necessary. The west side ledges are holding enough snow to catch your attention. I have done the Sawtooth in summer, and fall, and found this trip to be a much more difficult and committing. The trail to Evans has snow, but snowshoes are not needed. We descended the dreaded willows route and were ecstatic to find a well packed trench leading all the way back to the main trail. We did not use snowshoes (or bring them). I used microspikes. Paul did not. Sorry, I don’t have any good photos of the ‘Tooth.