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Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Post Date:  07/17/2010
Date Climbed:   07/01/2010
Posted By:  djrunner


 Sawtooth!   

We left Denver at 4 AM to make it to the TH around 6. We were the first car in the parking lot. Remember to drive up from hwy 285 to get to Guanella Pass. The road is closed from I-70.
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We began packing for our hike.


Find the good trail. There is a nice boardwalk built to help hikers avoid the Willows. Take this trail.
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Along the way there was one creek crossing. It was easy.

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Big Wood!

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I don't know... I just took the picture.

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The Sawtooth and Bierstadt

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Look at my legs shine.


We felt our primal insticts and decided to break ice chunks. Roar!
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We summitted Bierstadt around 8 AM. We signed the registry and set off. The papers were all full so I donated a sheet of paper and started a new list.
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A look at the Sawtooth from Bierstadt

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Another look.

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Balancing rock

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Once we crossed over to the left side of the sawtooth it became more exposed and loose. This is the most difficult section. What made it difficult was how loose it was. Otherwise it was fine.
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A look back at the sawtooth after crossing it.


Try to find the trail after crossing the sawtooth. There is a part where you will want to go up, but you still have a ways to go. Stay down on the trail instead and cross over to the right side of the mountain again. Follow this last long stretch to the summit.
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We had to have a beer for Bierstadt! It is in the name.
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On the Mt. Evans Summit.

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A look back at Bierstadt and the ridge from Mt. Evans.

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We woke the sleeping marmot.

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The gulley we decended.


If you decide to take the loop and descend through the gulley you will end up bushwacking through the willows. We followed the slight trail until it started leading us to the wet portion of the route. We got off trail to attempt to keep our feet dry, but we just got so thick into the willows that we stomped our way back to the faded trail. Once on the trail, the willow floor began to sink and our shoes filled with water. The trail was soft from the water and the coolness felt good to our burning feet, so we didn't mind. However, as we were warned before, I am warning you, this portion is almost impossible to pass without getting wet feet.
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Ah... Finally the good trail.

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Why cross on the rocks. This feels better.

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Another beer for Bierstadt.


This was a fun trip and a nice route. Very enjoyable with changing terrain.



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  • Comments or Questions
Brian C


Willows!     11/30/2010 17:20
I've battered through those willows 4 times now and every time I feel like kissing the trail when you get back on it! Glad to see you guys had fun with it!


djrunner


Stay Dry     08/02/2011 16:08
What was funny was that we actually thought we could make it out dry. We wasted more time avoiding water. Once our feet were wet, though, we just slogged through.



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