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 Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
 Post Date:  08/08/2010
 Date Climbed:   08/07/2010
 Posted By:  HikerLance

 #3 for me.... Bierstadt !   

Mt. Bierstadt
14er #3 for me.
Left Colorado Springs : 3:45am
Arrived TH : 5:55am (travelled via Woodland Park/Deckers)
Left the TH at 6:10am, arrived back at the TH at 11:50 with almost an hour at the top.

I really enjoyed this one. Not difficult other than right smack in the middle of the hike when you gain the most elevation in the shortest amount of time.

Wildlife! While we were preparing to leave the car, we saw 3 moose on the North edge of the largest lake that is down below (E) of the parking lot. The entire parking lot was peering through binoculars to get a look. Then, as we arrived at the top of the…not sure what to call it…top of the ridge prior to the final ascent up the talus, there is a flat area where you can look South toward some smaller lakes. Just down below us we see 4 mountain goats! Beauties! I love to
see wildlife!

An uneventful climb otherwise. The summit was beautiful and we lingered for about and hour down on the leeward side of the peak to escape the cold breeze. When we arrived there were about 15 people on top. When we left the number had to have been 75! It was freakin' crowded...!!!

Hope you enjoy my report! javascript:emoticon('')

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Morning at the TH with Bier and Sawtooth in view

Boy you can sure see what a nightmare this bog crossing was before the boardwalk was built...
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Through the willows and on our way

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Me getting ready to cross the stream

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The stream crossing...

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On through the willows

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...and on up...

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Not always a path, but lots of cairns...

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The marker...

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The summit shot!

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My climbing parter Terry!

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The view relaxing on the summit

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And the gps says....

Although I may not quite be ready for the sawtooth...it sure looks inviting!
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The sawtooth to Evans...

Broke out the map and compass for a little bearing practice and peak ID'ing...
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Grays and Torreys

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The view back toward the parking lot on the way back down

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A final look back toward Bierstadt and the sawtooth



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  • Comments or Questions
Husker John

Bierstadt     2011-02-04 17:22:17
Nice report! Will be attempting on Thursday with my wife and 10 y/o son. Hopefully his 1st!


crazy legs

Bierstadt alum.     2010-11-30 10:28:52
It was nice to read your post. In the late 1990's I came to Evergreen CO. from Michigan to visit relatives and hiked for about a week at the 8,000 to 11,000 ft elevation. Before I went home I climbed Mt. Bierstadt. I enjoyed your pics of the your hike especially because of the fact that my camera malfunctioned at the time and I lost all of my photos of the climb. Also, it's nice to see the boardwalk over part of the willows.I don't remember it being there at the time i hiked it. I had read about the dreaded "Guanella Pass willows" before I came to the mountain but managed to get through without too much trouble. Thanks for the post.


Jessie_s Dad


Enjoyed your report     2010-08-10 10:52:13
Your report brings back memories of our trip last year. We really enjoyed our hike up Bierstadt. The creek crossing was memorable as one of our group slipped and fell in. It's a beautiful area.
Keep climbing !!



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