Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Post Date:  07/10/2010
Date Climbed:   07/10/2010
Posted By:  greenwok

 Bierstadt - it really is a 14er!   

Mt Bierstadt July 10, 2010
Summit Elevation: 14,060 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,669 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,850 feet
Round-trip Length: 7.00 miles
Trailhead: Guanella Pass
Cimbers: Kent (greenwok), Michael (MWB)
Time: TH 6:40 AM, Summit 9:00 AM, Depart Summit 9:40 AM, TH 11:30 AM

Beautiful day - clear skies becoming partly cloudy with likely afternoon T-Storms sometime after we left. Cold at or near the top really due to a northwest wind chill - we were plenty comfortable except our fingers felt like popsicles despite wearing wind gloves!

We had done Evans 3 years ago via the Gulley as well as slogging through the muddy marsh and swore we would never be back up here again...thankfully the trail to Bierstadt avoids most if not all of the mud

Enjoy the gallery!

Mt Bierstadt Trail Head

Mt Bierstadt & Sawtooth to Evans on ascent

Grays & Torreys

Gulley to Evans - Glad to not be doing it this time!

Another shot of the Sawtooth

Longs Peak in the far distance - on the list this summer!

Pikes Peak in the far distance

Views from Bierstadt summit

Michael on the summit

Kent on the summit - for you Kevin!

The photo card I was holding didn't transpose as well as I had anticipated so took a close up here - Kevin knew Bierstadt & the Sawtooth well!

Mt Bierstadt Summit Marker

Alpine flowers - many were just beginning to bloom

A small alpine lake

Nice shot of Bierstadt and the Sawtooth on our descent

Line of hikers - very heavily traveled esp on weekends!

Scott Gomer Creek

Scott Gomer's other creek! :-)

A very full parking lot upon arrival back to our car to head home!

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  • Comments or Questions

Very Nice Photos     07/12/2010 03:31
I have always thought Bierstadt was one of the prettiest 14er hikes with so much green. I also really like to see photos that highlight some of the not so obvious beauty along the way. I love your picture of Scott Gomer creek (both of them!).


Camping     07/11/2010 19:06
Thanks for the trail report. Will be up there next weekend to do the combo package. Is there any camping below Bierstadt?


Camping - Bierstadt & Evans     07/11/2010 20:32
@MountainsnBluegrass: We did see quite a number of tents along the Guanella Pass highway between 285 and the parking lot. No clue on reservation requirements - others may have insight.


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