Peak:  Mt. Bierstadt (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  bsakdol
 Date of Info:  12/31/2011
 Date Posted:  12/31/2011

Parking area is about 1.8 miles below TH. The road hike to the TH is a mixture of pavement, shallow snow and crusted snow over the top of deeper snow. We used microspikes, but carried snowshoes, which could have been helpful over some sections, but too much of a hassle to put on.

We turned around at the TH due to 65+mph winds with gusts easily over 80mph. The blowing snow decreased visibility to approx 10ft and dropped the temp to well below 0. It snowed a good couple inches below timberline before the sun came out. We took a gamble on the weather and lost this time.

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