Mt. Bierstadt  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-22, By: SnowJunkie
Info: I used microspikes the whole time with no need for snowshoes. It's packed and solid making for easy winter travel. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-18, By: wineguy
Info: A nice bootpack most of the way, spikes were all I needed. A little post-holing, but not enough to justify snowshoes. Gaiters were helpful. Cold and a little windy above 12,000', but relatively quiet on the summit. Stopped by Bierstadt on the way to ski Copper Mountain. Bad year for skiing, but good for climbing, only my second snowflake. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-18, By: Jonathan Deffenbaugh
Info: Nice trench to the summit, no snowshoes were required, just microspikes. Can't speak for Monday's weather though. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-11, By: geojed
Info: Solid packed snow trench to the summit. Definitely recommend micro spikes. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-04, By: cseanm
Info: Excellent conditions today. No flotation necessary, a couple mild postholes when on the bypass to avoid the avalanche slope above the road, but nothing to worry about. Some of the slopes above the shoulder were very hard and traction would be helpful, but it is doable without. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-03, By: BCrow
Info: Hard gusts starting in the plateau past the false peak. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-31, By: Misi197
Info: A bit of post-holing to be had after the bathrooms, but was glad to have left the snowshoes in the car due to inconsistency of snow above tree line. We were the first group on the summit today, but on our way down our route had been further pressed down by several others. Should be in place for a the coming days unless the wind kicks up. Moose was at the creek crossing at sunrise. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-26, By: longlevi823
Info: Cold in the morning before the sun peaked over the summit but warm on the way day (~30 degrees). Had the summit all to myself for the 10 - 15 minutes I was up there. Great conditions, no winds. Brought clothes to dress down in so I wasn't overheating on the way down. Microspikes and poles were enough. Some spots snowshoes would have been nice, but the trade off of having to now carry snowshoes most of the time wouldn't have been worth it. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-23, By: Midwestlungs
Info: Little late getting this out. Good, easy to follow, packed trail from lot, up road, to about 13,000'. Trail tougher to find from here to summit but just look for large cairns. No spikes or floatation necessary. Careful rock hopping down just below summit on slippery boulders. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-21, By: Sbenfield
Info: I ended up just wearing my snowshoes most of the way up but I don't really think they are needed. The way down I took them off. Trail pretty easy to follow 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-20, By: lukebonucci
Info: Remember that scene from Tommy Boy where they are sitting listless in the middle of the lake on the sailboat and Chris Farley remarks, "Need a little wind here!"? Saturday was the opposite of that. The trail is in good condition. A few snowdrifts in spots due to the wind, but still easy to follow. We brought snowshoes and used them in the beginning while crossing the marsh, but probably didn't need them. Microspikes were helpful when we got onto the west slopes and all the way to the summit. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-13, By: jakethesnake_630
Info: I ran/hiked Bierstadt from the Winter TH today. Guanilla Pass is packed well all the way to the Summer TH. From the summer TH to a cairn at ~13K' the trail is completely packed; above that the winds today were hiding most tracks. Looked like maybe 3-5 people summited today, so there are some tracks all the way to the summit, albeit a bit hard to find. Microspikes should be plenty, I didn't even bring an axe & just used Sportiva Blizzards for traction. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-12-10, By: headsizeburrito
Info: Did Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans yesterday via the standard route. As HikesInGeologicTime posted yesterday everything is good from the winter TH to Bierstadt summit, well packed snow with a couple bare patches and one or two icy spots on the trail. Traction recommended. Descent from Bierstadt to low point of Sawtooth ridge involved a good bit of steep postholing followed by boulder hopping. The actual scrambling part was pretty much bare with no issues. Only minor issue with snow was on a ledge after crossing to the west side, bit of a drift at a high exposure point that requires hugging the wall and stepping very carefully. Exit ramp was pretty much bare. Sawtooth to West Evans no issues, West Evans to Evans was hard to find the trail with patchy snow and is kind of a hassle. Evans summit relatively bare. Saw my only person of the day there, a fatbike rider who said there was snow on the road from Echo Lake for the first bit then it was pretty much clear. Gomer Gully was a steep rocky postholey pain in the ass. Since it's about to snow and this will probably all be worthless shortly, the real story is that I saw all the nature. A moose, pika, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and most importantly, not one but two stoats/ermine for the first time. Those little things are damn cute. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-09, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: I have hiked this peak enough times when there's snow on it that I'm starting to wonder if snowshoes are ever necessary. They sure weren't today. Spikes were helpful in places, but I crossed paths with a few people who seemed to be doing fine without them. Had the summit to myself for the first time in seven trips up there, which was pretty sweet. Someone left a summit brick, which was...not. Guess I got a little extra weight training packing it out. P.S. Bathrooms at Guanella Pass are currently open and even have TP! 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-05, By: DorothyK
Info: Given that Guanella Pass TH is closed, the closest you can get is the Guanella Pass Campground, which is 1.5 miles below the TH. This gives you 10 miles RT with about 3200' of vertical. The hike itself was spectacular. Trail is broken out all the way to the top. There is maybe just a few inches of snow at the moment. On the way up I didn't use any sort of traction. On the way down, I put on my microspikes. Snowshoes were not needed. Enjoy the perfect conditions while they last. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-28, By: Brittanyjomad
Info: Since Guanella Pass is closed it is a ~1.5 hike form the parking lot to where the hike normally begins in the summer. Started at 7:05 am on Saturday November 28th from the parking. Hiking Guanella Pass it took us about 45 min to get to the official “trailhead” start. Very mild and easy hike through the willows from the trailhead. We made it to about 1 mile/ 1,000 feet from the summit- the wind was starting to pick up, we couldn't easily see the trail due to snowdrifts and our pups were getting cold so we turned around. Total round trip was 9.3 miles 4.5 hours- I would imagine the summit and back would have been about 6 hours or so. The snow/trail was compact until about mile 4- then there were snow drifts across the trail so we did post hole a bit. I had spikes on, my two hiking partners didn't, and snowshoes were not needed. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-17, By: alex_herbert
Info: Really great trail conditions today. There was no snow on the trail and the Scott Gomer creek was low enough that the stones across it were above the water. Not much if any smoke up there today. Views from the summit were pretty clear. The only real problem was the wind. I would guess we had consistent winds 30-40 Mph with plenty of gusts into the 60 MPH range (or higher at the summit). Not sure if this is a usual fall thing, but the front range seems to be getting lots of serious wind these days. This comparatively easy route was made much more difficult with these winds, especially on the scramble near the summit. Plan expected hiking time and layers accordingly. 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: Vanya89
Info: The trail conditions were perfect. It was around 20-25F during the whole hike up and down. Started around 8:30am and took me 2 hours to get to the top. The snow from the previous day snowfall made the hike even more fan. I was wearing regular hiking boots and was totally fine. The strong wind in the last 500ft made the hike quite challenging. I barely could keep balance on the boulders. This is the reason why many people turned back that day. Many people are saying that hiking poles are helping, I think the opposite. On the boulder section you want to hold on boulders with your hand to avoid falling. Being out of state, I didn't have time for acclimatization. Just took 3 pills of ibuprofen before the hike and was absolutely fine. Just choose the steady pace and dint stop often, otherwise body is loosing rhythm. Make sure to have hat and gloves!!! 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-11, By: ayardic
Info: Dry and relatively uncrowded Friday afternoon hike with little wind. Only a few other people on the peak which was a pleasant surprise. My dog (husky mix) was able to make it up just fine as well. Route finding was easy all the way to the top. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-11, By: ayardic
Info: Dry and relatively uncrowded Friday afternoon hike with little wind. Only a few other people on the peak which was a pleasant surprise. My dog (husky mix) was able to make it up just fine as well. Route finding was easy all the way to the top. 

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