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|2016-02-06||Route: West Slopes
Info: I wore spikes up Guanella road just for extra grip. Not needed but stay on the packed route or you may fall into knee deep snow. From the TH on, snowshoes are good to have. Postholing even a few inches the whole way will wear you down. It was pretty windy and miserable yesterday.
|2016-01-23||Route: West Slopes
Info: Road closed at campground. Hard packed snow up to Guanella Pass, fine without traction / flotation. Snowshoes needed for willows and beyond.
|2016-01-11||Route: West Slopes
Info: The road is closed at the Guanella Pass Campground exactly 1.7 miles from the summer TH. 3.4 extra round trip. The road is easy to walk. I did not get the summit because I did not bring snow shoes which are absolutely necessary to get through the willows to the base of the west slopes. Bring snow shoes or some sort of flotation device.
|2015-12-27||Route: West Slopes
Info: Road Closure is just past the Guanella Pass campground.The road is plowed, but snow covered till the closure. Any car with good tires would be able to get there. Road above closure to trailhead has a bootpack. Was able to hike up without snowshoes or spikes. Thanks to the people who hiked up there today, there is a nice path though the marshes. Just after the stream crossing, it heads uphill. there is also a good bootpath to the top of the ridge. from the ridge to the peak, the snow is unconsolidated, sometimes hard windslab, sometime soft. snowshoes are needed from the parking lot to the summit.
|2015-12-06||Route: West Slopes
Info: The summer road to Guanella Pass was closed when coming from the north. The road to the lower parking lot had a lot of icy patches and winter tires are recommended. Trail was well-packed snow and although we had snowshoes, they were unnecessary. Microspikes would have been handy. Conditions were good overall.
|2015-11-21||Route: West Slopes
Info: The road was passable from both directions this morning, but from Grant almost to the TH was deep snow. Georgetown to the TH was plowed but slightly slippery in the corners. I didn‘t get very far along the trail before I reached waist deep snow and decided to turn around and come back later. Was counting on someone else breaking the trail today since I don‘t have snowshoes yet, so I was under prepared for such deep snow.
|2015-11-15||Route: West Slopes
Info: Road is clear to the Guanella Pass summit although a bit icy in sections. Left the trailhead at 7:30am with perfect conditions. Trail was well packed the entire way. Microspikes were extremely helpful (especially on the decent). Crystal clear skies on the summit with moderate wind gusts. Basically a perfect day!!!
|2015-11-08||Route: West Slopes
Info: The trail was entirely covered in snow once you passed the first couple plank ‘bridges‘. The snow was well packed in all but a few places, but was up to about 12-14 inches off the trodden path. I managed the whole way in trail runners with no spikes or poles but it absolutely would have been easier with them. Perfect weather too! There wasn‘t a cloud in sight and it wasn‘t too windy even at the summit. RT took a little over 4 hours with a couple short breaks. I couldn‘t have asked for a better day for my 1st 14er!
|2015-11-07||Route: West Slopes
Info: Some snow up to the first ridge, above the ridge snow 2-16 inches. Microspikes were crucial. The boot packed trail above the first ridge seems a little longer than the actual trail. Was a perfect day to climb with no clouds in sight.
|2015-11-06||Route: West Slopes
Info: Guanella Pass is still open as of today (11/6) but snow packed and icy in spots (they are keeping it sanded). Light snow all morning with gentle winds - my car was reading in the mid 20s at the TH. Trail is now fully covered in snow (mostly powder) - anywhere from 3 to 12 inches depending on location. As a first timer, I wouldn‘t have been able to hike the trail had someone not beat me to it by about 30 minutes (I followed his prints). Microspikes are a must. I made it up to the Northwest Shoulder and made the decision to turn back because of erratic visibility (I‘m a noob - no risk taking, especially since I was flying solo). Hiking back down, all sets of prints were nearly covered and barely visible; by the time I got back to my car, Evans and Bierstadt were both engulfed with snow clouds. Gorgeous climb; looking forward to a summit next spring!
|2015-11-02||Route: West Slopes
Info: Camped overnight on Sunday to get an early start on Monday. The trail through the lower section in the willows was mostly hard ice while the upper sections were snow packed. The summit was quite cold and gusty. Got much warmer on the way down and the lower icy sections turned to mud. This was my first 14er and it was spectacular. Thanks to everyone on 14ers.com and all the resources here I was well prepared, knew exactly where to go and what to expect.
|2015-11-02||Route: West Slopes
Info: Hiked from 8am to 1pm on Monday with beautiful sunny weather but freakish wind gusts on the summit, with wind chills in the single digits to teens. The summit wind gusts were so bad that I could barely get my gloves off to take a picture before my fingers started to get numb. Also, I can‘t stress enough how important micro spikes are for Mt. Bierstadt‘s current condition. Maybe half of the people I saw today weren‘t wearing them and they were all miserable. The first third of the trail is slush/mud, the second third is ice, and the final third is rather deep powder on the steepest section, so I had my spikes on the whole hike and I didn‘t fall once, whereas people without them were slipping and sliding all over the place. The trail is very well-marked and easy to follow in most places and as long as you stick to the footprints, you won‘t fall into deep snow. However, this all could change with snow showers expected to dump 10" on Bierstadt 11/4-11/5.
|2015-10-31||Route: West Slopes
Info: I started my solo ascent around sunrise yesterday morning (10/31). The trail was snow-packed most of the way. There was some minor post-holing on the ascent to the ridge, but not enough to warrant snow shoes. Micro-spikes were sufficient for me, and there were only a couple instances of slippage. The weather was almost perfect, but it was a bit windy most of the day. I had the summit to myself at one point, which really was a special experience. It was a beautiful hike.
|2015-10-24||Route: West Slopes
Info: I went up this morning around 9:00 or so with a friend of mine. This was my first 14er, so I approached it pretty cautiously. It was decently cold initially, so we were bundled up and ready to go. About 30 minutes into the trip, we began unziping our jackets and taking off a layer because it was decently warm once you got going. We got past the halfway point (1.75m) without much trouble as most of the snow was packed down, so it was easy to walk on. But once we went past that it was a bit more difficult. The snow got deeper, and less packed down, so you had to be careful with your steps. There weren‘t a ton of rocks during this part, so it made it a lot tougher. Around 10:30 some of the wind started to blow pretty hard making it pretty cold, and a lot of snow began to blow into the path, making it harder to navigate. Once we made it to about the 13,300‘ mark, there were a lot more rocks, making it easier to keep good footing. Throughout the last stretch, the weather began to cooperate. There was nearly no wind, and the sun came out which made it warmer. Through the last 700‘ I didn‘t wear gloves because it was decently warm. At the summit, it was perfect out, no wind and there were a lot of hikers up there with us. The descent wasn‘t too hard, but making it back down that final pitch is fairly difficult. Once we got back down to the 13,300‘ mark, we took off our jackets because it was fairly warm while you were hiking. We had to watch our step on the way down, as it was easy to slide in some of the snow, I would advise some sort of spikes, but it wasn‘t necessary in our case. Once we made it back to the halfway point, the rest of the hike down is really easy. Overall it was a great day, with great weather for the most part. Would highly recommend this route to someone doing their first 14er. The path is easy to follow throughout the journey, but make sure to bring plenty of water, and take your time.
|2015-10-24||Route: West Slopes
Info: I left the lower parking lot at around 6:00AM it was roughly 20-30 degrees (F) with minimal wind less that 5MPH. Was a good hike and slowly warmed up as we went up the trail. at the last saddle, roughly 600 feet below the summit the wind picked up to a steady 20 MPH or so with gusts up to 40mph. The temp on the summit itself was about 15 degrees (F). It was so cold I didn‘t even take a picture from the summit, I was there about a minute and then started my descent, the plan was to do the saw tooth ridge as well, but it had a lot of snow on it and the wind was too high. There is about 6 inches of snow on the lower parts of the mountain with drifts up to 5feet as you ascend, we where potholing up to our thighs quite frequently higher up. Gaiters and crampons/ yak tracks / micro spikes would be useful. sky was clear untill around 10:00AM where some clouds started to form, nothing serious.
|2015-10-16||Route: West Slopes
Info: I camped in Colorado the entire week Oct 11-17th. The weather was dry and almost no clouds in sight. Temperatures were 60‘s and 70‘s at lower elevations. There was no snow on any portion of the trail till the very top of the peak. This was my brother‘s first 14er and he was up and down inside of 4 hrs which is pretty quick compared to my 5 hrs RT. On a clear day this is probably the easiest 14er I have ever done. The distance is one of the shortest and there is very minimal bouldering up top. The rest is just walking uphill.
|2015-10-11||Route: Northwest Gully
Info: This is a knucklehead report. I attempted to summit from the flats via the gully. Few cairns, so following the game tracks on the snow was the thing to do. It was painstaking. I got high enough to hear the voices in the summit but a couple slippery sections were beyond my gear and/or skill. I decided to turn back (open slope with no stop in sight) Probably in the afternoon the snow and ice would have melted enough.
|2015-09-26||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Awesome route. No snow. Didn‘t have to pay. Stayed in Idaho Springs but several car campers at the lake. Tons of people on the summits. No one did the East ridge route with us though. Colors are phenomenal.
|2015-08-22||Route: West Slopes
Info: Hope everyone is well. Arrived at trailhead by 6:00am and the lot was full, made it to the summit by 8:00am. Began descent around 8:30am to return back at the trailhead by 11:00am. A busy day on the trail mostly on the descent. Mountain haze was noticeable but did not effect hiking conditions but did effect views. Summit was very windy with low temperatures. Overall great hike.
|2015-08-21||Route: West Slopes
Info: Windy on the summit today. I had a 4 a.m. start. The air around Bierstadt and Evans held much smoke blown in from the fires out west. A tiny bit of ice on trail up high; easily passable.