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Route: Tour de Abyss Loop
Posted On: 6/18/2024, By: sarahmariekirk
Info: Climbed the Tour de Abyss + Epaulet + Epaulie yesterday. Conditions up Bierstadt's East Ridge were fantastic, along with the full traverse over to Blue Sky. Stayed ridge direct along the length of the Sawtooth, as the sides are still snow-covered and rather steep. The climbing along the ridge was exposed but solid and fun, I would say this was mostly class 3 and class 4 throughout. We stayed high along Mount Blue Sky ridge, finally properly topping out on the West Peak of Blue Sky and then the tourist-filled actual summit of Blue Sky. I hoofed it onto Epaulet and Epaulie since they were at the 13,300 junction where we parked, this added about an hour round-trip onto the day. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/16/2024, By: fredwordsplat
Info: Parked in the last regular spot at 5:45AM. Left for the trail around 6. The lower stream/creek is running and all the trail around it is very muddy. Had to cross the stream either on wet rocks or a single 2x6, but not a big deal. Snow is nearly gone with only some patches near the Ridgeline. No need for spikes. Weather was wonderful. Lots of people. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Blue Sky
Posted On: 6/15/2024, By: Seanrask
Info: Beautiful day for this traverse. Parking lot at Bierstadt TH was nearly full before 5:00 AM. Started hiking around 5:10 AM. Minimal postholing the whole day. Sawtooth is decently marked with cairns, and if you can follow them it is pretty straight forward. The last section of the traverse is straight scree. Carried spikes, and did not need them once. No flotation and no ice axe. Photo 1 - shows view of sawtooth from bierstadt Photo 2 - view looking back from last section of sawtooth with bierstadt in the background. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Blue Sky
Posted On: 6/16/2024, By: creid27
Info: Summer conditions. Some snow but nothing requiring shoes or micro spikes. I postholed more on the decent back to the trailhead, maybe 50 ft. If you don't mind getting your feet wet, the decent is fine back to Bierstadt trailhead. Still muddy. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/12/2024, By: Dhmtb135_
Info: Started at 6:45, summited at 9:30, back at the car at 11:30. Parking lot was almost completely full at 6:45am, so definitely start early. Creek crossing was not as bad as others said on here, same with postholing. Only Postholed a handful of times, and only once did it go up to my knee. Trail is super muddy until about 12,750ft, then a few small snow fields after that. No flotation or spikes needed, but have some good traction on your shoes! Saw a handful of people turn around at the last snow field due to a bit of refreeze from the night before. But everything is pretty packed in from previous hikers. Overall was a really cool hike 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/14/2024, By: Kuhlph
Info: This peak still had quite a bit of snow at the approach to the summit. Spikes helped a lot. Alternative is some fun bouldering (less fun in the high winds we encountered). Watch out for icy spots on the way down. Willow Creek is raging but waterproof hiking shoes were enough to stay dry. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/11/2024, By: tre33
Info: Great day on Bierstadt. Into the parking lot at 4:45 am with four other cars present, at least two overnighted. Started at 5 am with first light along with a dog, summited right at 7:45 am without rushing. Hung out for a bit and took a few side excursions and pictures coming down, back to the parking lot around 10:45 am to find only 15 cars and lots of open spaces. The few places where traction would have been nice weren't long enough to get me to get them out of the pack and put them on; I never used them and had no issues. Creek was up, but possible to cross with dry socks if you have waterproof boots and rock hop. The most treacherous part of the whole trip was the first 100 yards of the trail from the parking lot - very slippery from overnight consolidation. No post holing, lots of traction on what snow remains from previous tracks (up) or soft snow (down), mostly open (muddy) trail now. The willows and the first mile on either side have lots of running water too, as you'd expect - it's definitely melting out - going up, watch for slippery spots on the trail that refroze overnight. Great conditions overall. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/15/2024, By: Piotr
Info: The only problematic part was crossing creek with rocks iced over in the morning. Adding few pictures of Sawtooth and Evans 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/8/2024, By: kmyi
Info: Can be done without traction but they also can be helpful in what snow is left. Very wet and muddy after sun is up throughout the willows. Creek is up, shoes will get wet. Would recommend on bringing another pair of socks or some shoes to walk through the water. Definitely have a dry pair at the parking lot. Trail gets busy early morning (Saturday), we left at 3am and were with just one other person going up but coming down there was a lot of traffic. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/9/2024, By: TateMarshall
Info: This was my buddy's first 14er so it felt like everything was just a little behind schedule, didn't get started until 5:50. Creek is raging, luckily there was a solid snow bridge when we set out, by the time we were crossing in the other direction, it was gone, and we had to head a way downstream to find a good crossing point. Our pace was rather slow so post holing began early. We left the snowshoes in the car, but they would've been helpful for my buddy as the wet feet resulting from the post holing really got to him. He used spikes most of the way up while I went without. I had no problems with traction. By the time we were coming down around 10, everything below 13500 or so was super sloppy. Portions of the trail were more creek than trail. That said, know the people in your group and start earlier than we did and you'll have no problem. It wouldn't surprise me if the mountain was almost entirely snow-free in two weeks' time if this heat keeps up. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/5/2024, By: Dbrink
Info: Left car at 5am and summit by 7:45. Spikes the whole way up were helpful. Ditched snowshoes after about 13k. Spent about 20 minutes at summit at back to car by 9:45 or so. Snow was getting a little soft around 9am but no post holing at that point so didn't use snowshoes. Great day overall. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/1/2024, By: sehessler92
Info: Started at 5:15a and main parking lot was mostly full. Mixed conditions up to the summit. Microspikes are sufficient if you start early enough. Lots of postholes from TH to about the saddle. Around 8:30 the snow started becoming slightly mushy. Back to my car at 9am. Great day! 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 6/4/2024, By: raphaelroxas
Info: Started late (11:30am) on skis, soft and melting out fast. Lots of ski on/ski off transitions between the parking lot and the creek. 1-2 transitions between the creek and the rock step. The creek snow bridge is falling through and probably will be gone by the end of this week. Several large sections dropped just during my day. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 5/28/2024, By: Jay521
Info: As others have said, get there early for solid snow. Otherwise, bring snowshoes 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 5/27/2024, By: SwissHam
Info: Left car at 5:15, summited just before 7. Back at car by 8. Solid conditions but certainly softening. I would have postholed if I had left any later. P.S. Found AirPods at summit. Dropped at Georgetown Sheriffs office. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 5/27/2024, By: Cruiser
Info: Nice morning on Bierstadt. Good solid freeze overnight made the snow perfectly supportive although things were beginning to soften when I made it back to the truck around 11. Breezy on the summit ridge but warm and sunny otherwise. The creek crossing is completely snow packed. If you didn't know the creek was there you would just walk right past it. Excluding a couple of short sections through the willows near the creek I was on snow the entire hike. I used microspikes from about 13200 to the summit and a little further than that on the way down but I'm sure I could have made it fine in just my boots. Carried snowshoes but never took em off my pack as the snow remained supportive all the way back to the truck despite an abundance of evidence of previous day's hikers suffering though the willows with deep post holes. Nobody was skiing this morning but I think you could ski from the summit to the creek without too much trouble. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 5/27/2024, By: joannalee07
Info: Perfect conditions today. Started at 6am and finished at 9:30amdidnt need spikes or snowshoes. Still plenty of snow so if you start later you will post-hole thigh deep if you dont have flotation!! 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 5/27/2024, By: thurs
Info: Skiable from the parking lot to the summit...ugly, but continuous and quite efficient. One or two very short sections near the creek where you have to pop them off, depending on route finding. All corn below 13k or so. Upper 1k is still in transition but getting there. Likely will be far from continuous by the end of the coming weekend. There are already some minor chokes and very thin sections. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 5/27/2024, By: NOJ
Info: Conditions were pretty good. Through the meadow at the beginning was pretty post holed on return. Started at 5 so with 22 degree lows overnight so no problems on way up. Summer parking lot is now open which shortens the route. Snowshoes were nice in the return in meadow. Micro spikes were great on the way up. Few good sections to glidsade 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 5/26/2024, By: sunburnt
Info: Started at 8, snow up to the first ridge was postholey but mostly firm. From first ridge to summit, snow was hard and easy to hike on. Turned around just below ridge to summit around 11:30 due to friend being sick. Glissaded to first ridge and then post holed miserably all the way to the parking lot, thigh deep some places. Skiable from below summit block to parking lot. Flotation or get there early. 
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