Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Post Date:  05/14/2011
Date Climbed:   05/07/2011
Posted By:  mountainman2010

 1st Solo Summit-plus pics of moose seen during first attempt!  

This was my first SOLO Summit. Enjoy!

The road connecting I-70 to the trailhead was closed, so I took Hwy 285 to Grant, and turned North towards the trailhead. I parked my FJ Cruiser roughly 3 miles short of the trailhead around 7:45am.

I arrived at the trailhead around 9:00. I timed a self-portrait just before my ascent...

The conditions were good. But snowshoes are definately required for the majority of the hike.


A look at some of the icy conditions on the way up.

I didn't have poles, but they would have been useful in some spots.
I didn't have poles for this hike, but they would have been helpful.

The toughest part of the hike is the last 300 ft. or so of elevation gain below the summit. Icy conditions on the boulders turned an otherwise easy hike into a fairly technical hike.

I arrived at the summit at around 11:30 and took another self portrait at top.
Self portrait at the summit.

Snowshoeing back to the road from the base of the mountain was the true mental test on this hike. This part of the hike took a good 1.5+ hrs.

Although this was my first SOLO Summit, a friend and I attempted Mt. Bierstadt back in February. On that trip, we didn't summit but we did have the pleasure of running into two wild moose just off the trail. Here are some pictures from our encounter. Enjoy!

picture from 1st attempt back in February (non-solo)

picture from 1st attempt back in February (non-solo)

picture from 1st attempt back in February (non-solo)

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions
Vermont Mike

Nice work!
05/15/2011 06:35
Always nice to get that first solo summit! Way cool that you saw moose; I too saw several there one summer dawn in the off-the-beaten-path ponds north of the trailhead. Have a great hiking season!


05/15/2011 20:11
Solo is the way to go!


05/15/2011 22:13
Congrats! I was with Vermont Mike on Evans and we saw Moose too! I almost stared one right in the face!!


05/20/2011 03:33
Good job man. Was your friends name Chris on the attempt in February? I ran into two guys back in February when I made my attempt and hiked to the base and I was tired and pulled my hip flexer and couldn't go anymore.


Hey Ted!
09/24/2012 17:13
Yeah- we met you at the big switchback in February. How ya been? Chris mentioned that you wanted to do Evans soon. I'd be up for that. Maybe next weekend?

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