Peak:  Mt. Bierstadt (14er)
 Route:  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Ryan00000
 Date of Info:  10/21/2012
 Date Posted:  10/22/2012

The route to the top of Bierstadt (west slopes) had hard snow and ice in a few spots, but they were easily avoidable. I took microspikes, but I did not feel the need to put them on for this portion of the hike.

I left the summit of Beirstadt to cross the Sawtooth Traverse to Sawtooth Mountain at 1040. I did not go all the way to Evans. There was approximately six inches of loose snow along the route in most places prior to the saddle at 13,300 feet. After that there was no snow, until the ledges on the West side of the traverse. There were a few spots it was unavoidable on the ledges, so use caution.

 Comments or Questions

10/22/2012 14:56
We had the same conditions on the way up, but the packed snow was easy to avoid. Lower trail had some freeze-thaw going on, but by the afternoon, it was a muddy mess and the trail is probably ice free to the end of the willows by now! Creek crossing could be a little tricky in the morning with a coating of ice on the rocks. A little bummed we didn't see the moose, guess they went downslope for the season.

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