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 Peak:  Mt. Bierstadt (14er)
 Route:  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  sgoings
 Date of Information:  08/01/2011
 Date Posted:  08/02/2011
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The Bierstadt trail was clear and dry. The ridge to Sawtooth had a few patches of snow on the cairn-marked trail, but it was easy to go around them. The descent through the gully was a bit wet and quite slippery in places, lots of loose gravel and rocks, even being careful I fell on my butt a few times. The final mile through the willows to connect with the original trail was very wet and muddy. It was impossible to avoid stepping in places where I sank into the muck past the ankle, and difficult to tell where a foot would sink a few inches and where it would sink up to the calf. A beautiful hike though with many marmot and mountain goat sitings, definitely worth the mud at the end!


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