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Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby TeamDino5280 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:14 am

I wanted to get a last (easy) backpacking style camping trip in the next few weeks. I was thinking of hiking part way in to Bierstadt on the standard route and camping near 10,500 -11,500 feet, then trying to summit in the morning. In concept this sounds like an easy way to obtain my goal. Is this area ok for this ? is this frowned upon? any suggestions on another close to Denver overnight trip where I can avoid car camping?

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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby hfd73 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:22 am

That will be kinda hard to do since the TH elevation is 11,669'. I don't remember any good places to camp on the trail. There are a few good camping spots on the road to the pass, on the Grant side. I stayed at one around 10,500'. Has a stream nearby and everything. PM me if you would like GPS coords.

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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby Doctor No » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:02 pm

I don't know much about the Burning Bear campground, other than that was where I intended to start my Bierstadt/Sawtooth/Evans adventure a few weeks ago (before I screwed up my quad on Shavano :( ).

It's relatively close to Guanella Pass (on the Grant side), and if you decide to camp there, I would be on the lookout for burning bears (obviously).

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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:06 pm

It's legal as long as you follow the usual rules (200 feet from water or trails). It's probably not the best area for it, though; there are no trees, just head-high willow bushes interspersed with mud in most places off-trail. There are some open grassy areas not far from the trailhead, but you'll probably be in full view of the legions of passing hikers early the next morning, all of whom will make sarcastic comments as they go by.
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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby pnolans » Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:27 pm

You COULD hike in from the Abyss Lake Trail... and then follow the Rosalie Trail. (Turn left at the junction).

The Abyss Lake Trailhead is just next to the Burning Bear Campground.

That's not what you asked for, and I don't think it would be easier, but there's plenty of good camping spots along THAT trail.
And as Jim Davies says, follow the usual rules.

I've hiked along that trail, and it's very pleasant.

I could give a few more details if you're interested.

It's like this for a ways:

http://www.wanderinpat.com/Taz/AbyssLake/trail1.htm
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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby TeamDino5280 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:03 pm

Thanks for all of the Info! I figured that camping off of the trail would probably be a bust, the abyss trail seems like a good Idea I had looked into that and climbing the East ridge but my girlfriend is timid around exposure so i figured that could work for next summer :lol:

I will most likely look for one off of the pass road comming from the Grant side

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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby jkirkwood6136 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:01 am

Did you end up backcountry camping off of the Bierstadt Trail?
I was thinking about possibly doing this in July on a Tuesday or Wednesday with my wife and 4 year old daughter.
I'm not worried about the sarcastic "experts" hiking Bierstadt while camping.
I'm just looking/seeking a spot somewhere along the trail or slightly off the trail where we could camp and then possibly get up early and try and summit with our 4 year old if the weather cooperates.
I've noticed on maps that there is a small group of trees just pass the creek a ways, possibly a mile into the trail and a little north of the trail.
Can anyone confirm whether or not that area is somewhat flat or not?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
I'm hoping my 4 year old daughter will be able to bag her first 14er this summer, but I want to be safe as it is above tree line.
Thanks!

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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby justiner » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:27 am

There's no great camping right off the Bierstadt trail. The trail enters the willows, before heading up. The willows are well, filled with willows, and is basically a big high-elevation swamp/drainage. After that, you'll be extremely exposed, looking for a site on rocky, and steep ground. If it's not rocky, it'll be tundra, which you shouldn't camp on (Which is probably the main reason this area isn't advertised for its camping).

Rather, there are many dispersed sites on the Georgetown side, just inside treeline, complete with places to park your car. Give you some privacy, some cover and perhaps even a place to build a fire.

Those trees you're looking at are going to be smaller than you think - more 10 feet tall that you can be around, rather than 30 feet tall you can be under.
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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby Lemmiwinks » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:33 am

justiner wrote:There's no great camping right off the Bierstadt trail. The trail enters the willows, before heading up. The willows are well, filled with willows, and is basically a big high-elevation swamp/drainage. After that, you'll be extremely exposed, looking for a site on rocky, and steep ground. If it's not rocky, it'll be tundra, which you shouldn't camp on (Which is probably the main reason this area isn't advertised for its camping).

Rather, there are many dispersed sites on the Georgetown side, just inside treeline, complete with places to park your car. Give you some privacy, some cover and perhaps even a place to build a fire.

Those trees you're looking at are going to be smaller than you think - more 10 feet tall that you can be around, rather than 30 feet tall you can be under.


^This. Trying to camp along the trail would be more trouble than it's worth, and there aren't any great spots. I also don't think it would save you any time on the hike. You're better off camping in one of the sites along the road just North of Guanella Pass.
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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby Richard Derkase » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:43 am

There is nice camping up Scott Gomer Creek on the way to Evans. It's a longer hike, but there are NO crowds. You won't see anyone until you hit the ridge to Evans and then you'll see all the ants marching up B.

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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby Lemmiwinks » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:58 am

Richard Derkase wrote:There is nice camping up Scott Gomer Creek on the way to Evans. It's a longer hike, but there are NO crowds. You won't see anyone until you hit the ridge to Evans and then you'll see all the ants marching up B.

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If you're referring to the Abyss Lake Trail, that is a fun way to do Bierstadt and Evans. I did Bierstadt East Ridge and Tour d'Abyss from that TH. I doubt jkirkwood6163 is looking for a ~17 mile round trip with a 4 year old though.
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Re: Camping near the Bierstadt trail

Postby Richard Derkase » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:22 am

Lemmiwinks wrote: I doubt jkirkwood6163 is looking for a ~17 mile round trip with a 4 year old though.


You can bypass the willows north and climb onto the west ridge of Evans. It's longer than the Bierstadt route but it's reasonable and you'll have it to yourself. I'd guess from memory that it's about 6.5 or so RT, depending on how you choose to gain the ridge.

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