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 Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
 Post Date:  06/13/2006
 Date Climbed:   06/10/2006
 Posted By:  spaceman

 Bierstadt across Sawtooth to Evans   

I left Littleton at 3:45 heading for Georgetown, after a quick stop for breakfast in Idaho Springs, I was back on my way to the Guanella Pass trailhead for Mt. Bierstadt.

I pulled into the parking lot and saw two people heading off onto the trail. By 5:07 I had packed up my gear and hit the trail. It was a rather uneventful hike across Scott Gomer Creek in the early morning light, no headlights we needed. It took about 2 hours to reach the summit just after 7 AM to a beautiful but windy morning. After looking around, signing the register and taking a few pictures, I moved down a little to find a place out of the wind for a quick snack.
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Here I met Scott, and Mark & Laura, All of us decided to head across the Sawtooth together. Since this was my first class 3 hike, I was happy to have the experienced hikers with me. Coming down off of Bierstadt is a steep descent to the saddle of the Sawtooth. There was very little snow, nothing difficult to get across.
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Once we made it across the Sawtooth, Mark and Laura headed off to Mt. Spaulding, while I decided to continue on to Mt. Evans with Scott.
We reached the summit of Mt. Evans a little bit after 11. After the pictures on the summit and looking around a little bit, we retreated to the remnants of the building by the parking lot for a break.

The clouds were starting to threaten a little so we started our descent and headed back towards Guanella Pass. We made a beeline for the ridge north of The Sawtooth to get low in case the clouds formed into something more serious which they didn't. During this descent we lost the trail and spent a good portion of the remaining hike trying to get back on the trail which we managed to do when we reached the creek.
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Overall it was great day on the mountains including meeting some great hikers. I have posted pictures at hiking.troyjan.com/Bierstadt_Evans/index.html


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