|Peak:||Mt. Bierstadt (14er)|
|Date of Info:||04/30/2012|
Trail is frozen mud/defrosted mud/packed snow to summit. No traction devices needed, although you might consider yakxtrax on a cold day when the ice/snow won't soften up at all. Snow is ~3-6 in. on ~1/3 of trail, but pretty packed down. Lower part of trail muddy, I would recommend wearing knee-high gaiters because of all the squishing and splashing. Beautiful sunny day, slight breeze, and not a cloud in the sky. The sawtooth is pretty dry looking. Snow and ice in a couple spots. Probably doable, but the gulch to descend has a lot of snow, but you could stay to the side of the gulch and probably do fine.
Pic 1 Sawtooth
Pic 2 Frodo don't follow the lights
Pic 3 Bierstadt/ Sawtooth traverse
Pic 4 Evidence of some microbursts knocking down a ton of trees. Looks more like a tornado hit it.
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