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Grays/Torreys or Bierstadt for a beginner?

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Postby SOD » Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:39 am

Because of your time frame, I would think Bierstadt would be the better choice. If you're leaving at 6:00am, you won't get up there until about
7:00am. If you want to be back by 2:00pm, that means your leaving from up there around 1:00pm. That leaves you 6 hours of climb time.
It's been awhile since I've done Gray's, but I believe it is 9 miles round trip from the trailhead (and I don't know if you can even get up there yet).

Bierstadt is a shorter hike, and they have a boardwalk through the willows, so the lack of hiking boots shouldn't cause too many issues.
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Postby badger4 » Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:48 am

I think Grays is an easier hike with a more scenic approach. It is 8 mi round trip. I was there two weeks ago and there was still a bunch of snow on the trail through the willows.

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Postby MikeyC » Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:19 pm

I hiked Grays/Torreys on 6/9. Grays I think would be doable alone in 6 hours as I did both and was back to the trail head in 7. Thats with a 40min break on top of Torreys. The snow on the trail kinda sucked in the afternoon though. Grays alone by the Standard route is 7.5 miles. Add Torres and it's 8.25 miles.


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Bierstadt Mud

Postby echotree » Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:57 pm

I hiked Bierstadt this past Saturday. The boardwalk helps, but there is plenty of mud that you still have to slog through or try to get around. Sometimes it's 6 inches deep. Still, I saw lots of people in tennishoes (and one lady in sandals - not sure how far up she got), and some people even in shorts. The hike is basically straight up since the switchbacks are covered with snow.

Here are a couple photos of the mud and the snow on the summit. Note how deep my feet are in that muck. :?

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Re: Bierstadt Mud

Postby RockParkour » Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:45 pm

echotree wrote:Image


HAHA :lol: You look just like your avatar!

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Postby echotree » Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:52 pm

Just noticed that when I posted it. It's a fairly common expression of mine. :?
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