| Evans from Guanella Pass
Hello, to start off, this is my first report ever posted on 14ers, so I will take all good critiques please.
We started a hike at 7 am at the Bierstadt.
Bierstadt parking - 7AM
In the morning the Bierstadt trail was a frozen mud, nothing special here. As we hiked around the Bierstadt the swampy areas are really pain to go through, the ice is thin, trail is easy to loose, but the general direction is easy to find, just stay to the right of the swamps and the creek.
Here is a view of the Sawtooth from the northwest of it at the bottom of the gully .
The gully itself is nice and dry at the bottom and towards the top had some snow, again, nothing special yet.
Now the top of the gully, where you are between Spaulding and Sawtooth, the conditions are pretty different, there is still substantial amount of snow, but I dont think you would need snowshoes, in fact I was glad I brought with me some microspikes
Here is an image of the west ridge of the evans showing up
Keep going and there are two false summits to your left, but not much left at this point, the last 30 min of hiking, I took off the spikes and stayed on the rocks, they are pretty exposed, here is one of the summit pics .
Going down is not a big deal until you go back to the swampy areas; the ground warmed up and the creek became alive again, for you it means you have to deal with mud
We also frequently lost trails and ended up bush-wacked all the time, this was my least favorite part of the hike.
We met two groups who climbed the sawtooth, one of them used ice axes and the other guys said it was "treacherous". My initial plan was to go through sawtooth and I am glad I didnt, will come back some other time
To conclude here is our photogenic freinds
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