Peak:  Mt. Bierstadt (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  powhound
 Date of Info:  01/21/2013
 Date Posted:  01/23/2013

Just wanted to clarify some confusion I ran into. Last Friday I was planning on Bierstadt. Got to Georgetown and saw the signs at the end of town...Guanella Pass 11 miles...Road Closed 8.2 miles. I backed off and went to plan B (Sniktau and Cupid) as I didn't want to add 5.6 (RT) miles to a late, 10:30 start. Went back Monday and I feel the signs are inaccurate. It only took an extra 40 minutes to get to the summer trailhead. Turned out to be no big deal. I am guessing it's closer to an additional 1.5 miles (3 RT). I did two obvious shortcuts of hairpin turns so that helped a little.

As in some other recent reports, had microspikes, but never used them. With the mild temps it seemed more like a fall hike than winter...only with a heavier pack and a softer trail underfoot. Very pleasant...only one on the mountain...on a holiday too. Who says the 14ers are getting crowded? The hardest thing was pacing myself as to not break a full on sweat... and the frozen creek clossing, where it would be easy to do a "banana peel" fall if not careful.

Also, for anyone considering the Sawtooth Ridge, here are a few photos to go with taylorzs recent report.

Photos (click for slideshow):
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