Buying Gear?  Click Here
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
 Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
 Post Date:  07/11/2011 Modified: 02/16/2012
 Date Climbed:   07/09/2011
 Posted By:  DanielL

 My first TR - Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans     

Route: Mt. Bierstadt's East Ridge, Sawtooth, Evans
Start Time: 6:00 am
Finish: 12:30 pm

This is my first trip report ever, so hopefully it's a good one. A couple of friends, my sister and brother, and I, set out early on Saturday morning to climb a couple of routes on Bierstadt and Evans that I had wanted to do for a while. Although the weather forecast predicted thunderstorms starting before noon, it didn't rain the entire climb.

Image
A beautiful sunrise while driving up the Mt. Evans road


The descent down the gully had some loose rock, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. We made it down in good time and got over to the base of the ~800' slope leading to the East Ridge of Bierstadt. I found this part the most physically difficult part of the climb.

Image
Looking up the Northeast slope of Bierstadt


We got to the top and then the real fun began.

Image
On the ridge crest, looking at Pt. 13,641 and the summit of Bierstadt beyond


We quickly made it to the base of Pt. 13,641', and then we encountered some more difficult Class 3 moves. We crossed the grassy ledges on the right side and scrambled up back to the ridge crest, avoiding the Class 5 area shown on the route description on this site. From there, it was just a brief scramble to the top.

Image
Almost to the top of Pt. 13,641


After Pt. 13,641', it was pretty straight forward to the summit of Bierstadt.

Image
Near the summit of Bierstadt, looking down on the East Ridge


Image
On top of Bierstadt, looking at the Sawtooth Ridge


Once we were on the summit of Bierstadt, we noticed threatening storm clouds that caused us to question the wisdom of climbing our next objective, the Sawtooth ridge. However, the winds quickly blew the clouds away and we decided to go for it.

Image
On the ridge crest


Because of snowfields on the right side of the ridge, we stayed on the crest for most of the ridge. The rock was solid, and we enjoyed plenty of Class 3 scrambling.

Image
Looking up to the large gendarme on the Sawtooth ridge


Once we reached the large gendarme most of the way across the ridge, we left the crest and followed a trail around the right side of the gendarme. After a bit of traversing, we turned left and climbed up a gully for about 100' or so.

Image
Some fun Class 3 scrambling


After this, we traversed the rest of the way around the gendarme and climbed up toward a large notch.

Image
The notch before the ledges


We took a quick breather, and looked at the ledges below the top of the Sawtooth. I remembered about a climber who had recently fallen on the ledge and I immediately got more nervous. However, I found it to be less difficult than I had anticipated, although caution was definitely necessary.

Image
On the Sawtooth ledges


Image
Looking back down the ledges


With the Sawtooth behind us, we walked quickly toward the final part of our trip, Mt. Evans.

Image
Past the Sawtooth, on our way to Evans


Image
Stretching out on Mt. Evans' West Ridge


Image
Looking up to the summit


Image
On top, looking down at the parking lot


While we were hiking back to our car, we spotted a few mountain goats resting on the rocks. I'm always amazed at these fascinating creatures with the ability to survive in alpine conditions.

Image
A mountain goat and her baby


Image
Another goat


We got back to our car at about 12:30. This was a great trip and I would love to do it again in the future!



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
sanchomurphy1


*     2011-07-11 12:18:25
Nice pictures and nice report... Keep it up!


14erFred


Great Trip Report with Awesome Photos!     2011-07-11 16:12:13
Great TR with marvelous photos! You guys rocked the Sawtooth to the max -- way to go! Thanks for posting this awesome report!


arianna2

Nice Report     2011-07-11 20:53:07
I like these straight to the point kindof reports. Nice pictures too, which help show conditions.


jfrenzen

Thank you     2011-07-11 21:02:15
It was great to get some more recent photos and updates. Hoping to do Sawtooth in the coming weeks.


MtnHub


Super!     2011-07-12 10:12:58
Great report! Excellent photos! And great timing - again! This exact route will be my warmup hike in about 6 days! We seem to have a similar itinerary! Thanks for posting!


rickinco123


Snuggly     2011-07-12 13:20:32
Nice photos of the ridge, you guys really look exposed up there, excellent overall report. The goats look snuggly but I wouldn't try it.


junta

good stuff     2011-07-15 12:13:47
good pics. did you guys park off of the mt evan road? if so, what was your route down from evans back to the car? we are trying a new route this year and this may be the one!


DanielL


Re: good stuff     2011-07-15 20:53:35
We parked at about 13,300' at a pull-off right above the Evans-Epaulet saddle; it's right past Summit Lake. From the summit of Evans we went to the parking lot and hiked down the ridge on the west (right) side of the road, towards Epaulet Mtn, and got right back to our car. I hope this helps!


JayMiller


Nice!     2011-07-18 21:07:00
Great Report. Looking forward to more of the same.


Lucky


Very Nice     2011-08-07 15:28:02
Nice report, I just read your Quandary report and followed it to this one - we are hoping to do both these routes in a couple weeks. I see you like ridge routes (who doesn't) - may I suggest Sneffels Southwest Ridge - it is one of my all-time favorite routes. My brothers trip report here http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=6198&parmuser=detour&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include /> Great job, nice report, and thanks for the information on Bierstadt/Sawtooth/Evans and Quandary West Ridge!



   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.