Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  06/25/2011
Date Climbed:   06/25/2011
Author:  heatherfrazier7
 Article: Woman Fatally Falls From Mount Evans  

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Unrelated to this story, we hiked Mt. Evans today from Guanella Pass. It was very marshy terrain between the Bierstadt trail and the Mt. Spalding trail. We avoided the gully by heading towards Mt. Spalding and then cutting back over; it was more gradual of a slope, but the trail was very hard to follow. If you go this route, plan for about 10-12 miles roundtrip. Based on our experience today, your feet will get very wet with the marshy conditions.

When we saw the search and rescue guy talking to the person who reported the incident from the article, we noticed the east side of the sawtooth was very snowy. For the other people we asked on the trail who hiked the sawtooth today, they said it was very icy. Please be careful on the sawtooth. I'm not sure if there is a sign near Bierstadt about the Sawtooth being a class 3 or not; I would strongly suggest it be installed after today's events.

 Comments or Questions

06/26/2011 04:41
there wasn't when I did it, and maybe there should be, then again maybe not. Not a lot of people who go up Bierstadt know about the tooth, and thats a good thing. I can't imagine how bad it would get if it were publicized on the top.

Sad news for the person who dies, but its not the first and won't be the last in that spot. Every few years there is a fall there. A fall is certain death on the Sawtooth.


06/28/2011 04:41
My cousin and I had just hiked the Sawtooth about three hours before the accident occurred. We had been told that the route we took was in good enough condition to cross with limited problems. However, we found it to be the opposite. The east side was very snowy with little room for error on the trail that we followed. It was still hard packed when we crossed but I am sure it changed fast after the sun hit it for awhile.

My condolences to the family.

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