Peak:  Mt. Bierstadt (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Slow Moving Fun Seeker
 Date of Info:  03/24/2012
 Date Posted:  03/24/2012

From the gate to Guanella Pass, the road is mostly snow covered, firm in the morning and slushy with some minor postholing the the afternoon. Traction, flotation, gaiters not necessary. The trail through the willows is well packed and again, flotation, traction, gaiters are not essential, though later in the day, flotation may prove useful as the snow softens and postholing is less predictable. Upper trail is packed and Microspikes might be helpful. I've never seen this mountain this dry at this time of year. The heat reflecting off the snow was rather intense and with virtually no wind, some folks had the foresight to wear T-shirts and tank tops. I overdressed to an unfortunate degree.

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 Comments or Questions

03/25/2012 00:38
I was up there today and got sunburned on my neck from the snow reflecting radiation. Nice views from the summit though! The pikas are starting to come out.


T shirts
03/25/2012 02:49
I was one of those up there in a t shirt today. What a beautiful day. Congrats on your summit!

Slow Moving Fun Seeker

03/25/2012 15:39
Justin9, thanks for the thoughts, but actually, this was to be my 9th summit of Bierstadt and it didn't work out so well. By the time I started the upward slog to the shoulder, I was feeling pretty crappy, and turned around. I had the classic signs of altitude dis-ease, but given that it wasn't above 12K, I think it was more likely way too heavy a pack with too much contingency stuff and way too heavy a base layer--I overheated, etc. and decided to give it a go another day. (Even though the forecast was for balmy conditions, I second-guessed the forecast and brought what for me is a full winter pack.) The reason I posted this report was a friend of a friend wanted to see conditions on the Sawtooth ridge, and I thought this would be the easiest way for him to see it. If you have photos from the summit of the ridge, especially the east side, I'm sure he would appreciate seeing them.


i was there too
03/27/2012 03:07
me and my friend nate were there on the 24th...great day. little soft on the way down, postholed some in the willows and some on one switchback on the road, but other than that it was fine. gaitors are a good idea.

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