|Peak:||Mt. Bierstadt (14er)|
|Route:||Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans|
|Posted By:||Mike Cormier|
|Date of Info:||06/08/2013|
It took me 8.5 hrs. to do about 11.25 miles. Gear: microspikes and poles.
The hike to Bierstadt was straightforward - the creek running pretty strong, without poles I'd have gotten wet (but I'm also pretty short). Microspikes very helpful (and required for the Sawtooth).
#1 is a look at the Sawtooth from the summit of Bierstadt. #2 is a climber (great to meet you, Anthony) descending the snow slope. The snow was not too deep, but a slip would be punished (should have taken the axe). #3 is a look at the ledge. There are sporadic cairns, but ok if you take your time. Some snow coverage, though, in awkward places. #4 shows the the willow country ahead. This shot was taken west of where you would drop down the gully into the drainage (Bill's route on this site). I did not take this route. I kept going northwest, gradually dropping down to Scott Gomer Cr. There, I met Joseph (thanks for the great conversation) and together we went west and got back on the main Bierstadt trail. Pretty wet....a bit over my ankles. A great day.
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