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|2016-09-18||Route: East Ridge
Info: Mt. Evans road was closed at Summit lake. Descent into Abyss drainage from Epaulet-Evans saddle, and entirety of Bierstadt East ridge was snow free. The NE face of Bierstadt on the descent to the sawtooth had pockets of snow and ice, but most of it was avoidable. On the sawtooth traverse itself, there is no snow on the exposed/off-camber sections. As of today, traction was not necessary for any of the Tour d'abyss route. Cheers.
|2016-09-16||Route: West Slopes
Info: Started up Bierstadt at 5:40am today. Trail was in great shape to the top. We had low-level clouds roll in at about 13,500ft and the temps dropped dramatically; froze the water in our bladder tubes! Once we got on the ridge it warmed up, a bluebird day the rest of the way. Some high clouds but nothing threatening. We saw no ice except for small areas of runoff. No snow to speak of.
|2016-09-05||Route: West Slopes
Info: There was no snow on the trail. Just ice above 13,000', it could be easily avoided by hiking right next to the trail. At dawn there was frost on the trail and crossing the river was difficult (my hiking partner fell in the river and we had to return the the car for new clothes). I would recommend crossing the river a little north of where the trail is, there is a large sand bank just up the creek.
|2016-09-03||Route: West Slopes
Info: very little snow near the top, but not on the trail itself... beautiful day, not very windy... trail very easy to follow
|2016-09-01||Route: West Slopes
Info: The snow is not consequential. There is no need for snowshoes and I never felt the need to put on traction. It was icy in spots and there is very hard packed snow in between rocks near the top but I ran up and down in trail runners in 2 hrs and 09 minutes with no issue.
|2016-08-30||Route: West Slopes
Info: Snow down to about 13,000'
|2016-08-28||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Despite some fresh snow, conditions are still good. The hike up Bierstadt was clean until about 13,000' (roughly, I forgot to check), where the snow began. However, walking on it with just boots was perfectly safe, although pre-dawn some of the packed sections were quite slippery. The east side of the Sawtooth Ridge was almost completely dry. The only part with snow was when we crossed back over to the west side to climb up to the ridge towards Evans. There was a little bit of exposure there, but we took it slow and crossed with no problem. The rest of the route to Evans was snowy and icy, but again totally doable in hiking boots. One thing to note is that it took us much longer than anticipated. Not sure if that has to do with experience or the route itself, but it took us over 3 hours to traverse from Bierstadt to Evans (2 hours on the Sawtooth alone), which caused us to get caught in a storm on the descent. The gully was fine, but once we descended into the valley, it was swampy and wet. We sunk into the mud up to our knees a couple of times running back to the trailhead to avoid the storm. There was heavy rain at this time, so I'm not sure if it is better on a dry day. We started at 5am, which was probably too late to do this route (added Spalding too, but that added maybe 20 min), so start early and enjoy!
|2016-08-27||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Frigid temps and still 2-4" of snow with deeper drifts on the slopes below Spalding. The most exposed section of Sawtooth Ridge itself was easily passable, as the snow was patchy and soft on the shaded (Northwest) side even at 9 AM, while most of the snow was gone on the Abyss Lake side of the Ridge. The jaunt up to the summit of Bierstadt from Sawtooth Ridge had wetter snow and was a little slippery, but with a little caution it wasn't particularly difficult. Back toward Evans, the main trail was quite slick with all the foot traffic. Fantastic route!
|2016-08-26||Route: West Slopes
Info: Started about 06:30, Trail covered in about 4-6" of snow and temp was ~30*F As I climbed, the temperature dropped, snow got deeper (~10" at top on leeward side) and the wind picked up ~25mph gusts. I did not have spikes or snowshoes and really didn't need them, spikes might have been helpful on the way down as the trail turned to a slush, ice, mud mixture. The snow had melted to about 12,200' on my return to my truck.
|2016-08-12||Route: West Slopes
Info: Two friends and I hiked Bierstadt Friday morning at 12:30 am to watch the meteor shower. The weather was bearable at the base, low 40's. At about 12,000 ft it started to get cold, around 20's- 30's. We watched the moonset, then the meteors all started flying across the sky, I counted around 100, with about 30 shooting/falling starts. We made it up to the summit long before the sunrise. The summit was extremely cold, I had many layers on and I carried a yoga blanket that I used as a "tent" and took a nap. This was my third time on Bierstadt, 06/07/2016 -I went up the Northwest Gully in spikes, 07/21/2016 I did sawtooth, then finally yesterday 06/12/2016 I did the standard route. This time, all of the ankle rolling all summer caused me to completely sprain it. My friends and some strangers made a splint with the blanket, a rope, a belt and a V badage. I am very poor and when people wanted to call 911 I said, "NO,NO,NO". CALL 911, they send out search and rescue, I found this out when I ran across a Alpine Mountain Rescue volunteer on my attempt to get down the mountain with the help of my friends and strangers. The gentleman called 911 and rallied up volunteers. Medics came and splinted up my ankle, then around 20 volunteers took turns carrying my in a "litter" down the mountain. I am planning something special for these people for sure. Bierstadt is a great hike, the trail is easy to route out and the people that hike it are amazing. Start early to avoid the crowds, bring wind and rain gear. Image 1: This is Jute Matting/ erosion control. I do a lot of volunteer work and please do not step on, or remove the rocks from this. Image 2-4: The sunrise facing Evans
|2016-08-11||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: We climbed Bierstadt and Evans on 8/10, starting just before 4am. The ascent up Bierstadt is extremely well marked and a very enjoyable hike. Sawtooth was dry and fun. There is a bit of exposure, especially after the saddle/gendarmes but without severe weather it's not too daunting. Getting to the top of Evans from the top of the Sawtooth was long and frustrating, since you can just see the summit but you're still over a mile away. A couple of things: 1) start an hour earlier than you think you need to. I wish we'd started earlier so that we weren't rushed on our descent. Speaking of the descent... 2) The alternate descent through Scott Gomer Creek is TERRIBLE. The gully is fine, but after that, bring gaiters or waders or just a full on wetsuit because for about 1.5 miles at least, you're bushwhacking through willows and the trail is mud. Mud puddles, squishy mud, quicksand mud (seriously...I got stuck in the mud up to my knee and my boyfriend had to literally pull me out), it's NOT a fun descent. I'm not sure if there are any other options aside from a) going back over the Sawtooth and resummitting Bierstadt or b) having someone pick you up at Mt. Evans and getting a lift back to your car (I know the purists will be outraged I even suggested that). I'd be very interested to know if there's another way of getting down.
|2016-07-16||Route: East Ridge
Info: Bierdstat east ridge from summit of Epaulet.
|2016-07-10||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Beautiful day today. A little windy, but not too cold. Summitted Bierstadt, Sawtooth, and Evans. There is still a small amount of snow on the descent to the saddle. It is probably better to descend below it until the first break in it. I stayed above it and it made the descent a little bit more difficult and slower. No snow anywhere else on the route. The valley back to the standard trail is still super muddy. On several occasions, I stepped in over a foot of mud. The standard Bierstadt trail has no mud whatsoever. Honestly, once you cross the creek in the valley it might be faster and easier to hike up to the ridge to the main trail and descend that way. I did not do this, but there are no willows, its steep, but its all grass, and its short, and then the descent is way easier than trampling through willows and getting stuck in mud.
|2016-07-08||Route: West Slopes
Info: More of an FYI: Trail had great conditions all the way through. Saw a guy hiking in chaos. I had waterproof hiking low tops, but never really got wet. One river crossing, but even then, used rocks to jump across without difficulty. Poles can always help this part.
|2016-07-05||Route: West Slopes
Info: Brought a pair of flip flops to wear across the creek crossing rather than starting the hike with wet boots, but it was actually fairly easy to get across without getting wet. If you plan your way across carefully, you only have to step in the water once, at a depth of an inch, which my hiking boots could manage without a problem. No real snow on the route, though it was pretty cold and windy up top. This was my first time doing Bierstadt, and one update to the route description: BOTH trailheads actually have bathrooms now, so if you park at the lower one, the trail is right there. (I headed to the other lot before realizing my mistake.)
|2016-07-03||Route: West Slopes
Info: Muddy at the base trailhead, creek crossing can be a challenge. You have to deviate off trail and head north to find an easy crossing if you don't want to get wet. Cold on the ridge today to the summit.
|2016-06-29||Route: West Slopes
Info: Bierstadt is good to go! Started the hike at 5am, back to the car by 11am. The water crossing is still a little high, but if you take it slow and choose your steps wisely it's not impossible to cross without getting wet. After that it's smooth sailing. Only one very small patch of snow left on the route, but it was very easy to work around. Mud was minimal. No special equipment needed.
|2016-06-27||Route: West Slopes
Info: Hiked West Slopes for the second time today (first time was a few years ago). Beautiful day, minimal wind, no special gear required - some good hiking shoes, water, and sunscreen! Took my Aunt on her first 14er (she's from sea level and only been here 3 days). Started at 5:30am and reached the summit around 9:30/10am after going a steady pace and descended in about half the time. Route is mostly clear and in summer conditions with a expected exceptions: a couple of muddy areas in the willows (typical), ice on the rocks in the morning up higher (turns to a stream when it warms up), and the creek to cross is still high (early in the season)... Be weary of using the log as it is slick and seems to be growing some moss (plus it's not as sturdy in the water as one might like). If you're going to fall in, do it on the way back to the car though... No need to change socks (unfortunately, I speak from today's experience).
|2016-06-27||Route: Tour D'abyss
Info: Did the tour today, East ridge of Bierstadt was completely dry. Still a large snowfield under Bierstadt at the start of the sawtooth(as seen in pictures). We stuck to the top of the snowfield and found it pretty easy to cross, with no microspikes. You can cross the snowfield lower down, but it is steep, post holy and has a bad run out, wouldn't do it without an axe. Really great route!
|2016-06-26||Route: West Slopes
Info: First 14er of the season! We took the West slopes. Minimal mud and what was there was easily avoidable. A little path of snow near the summit that you can easily go around. What a view! We started at 5:45am and were at the summit by 8:45am. The trek down was an easy 2 hours. Temp ranged between 50 F and 65 F. No gear other than a camelback and good hiking boots needed.