Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  06/26/2011
Date Climbed:   06/25/2011
Author:  bf31415
 bierstadt on sat 6/25  

First, sorry to hear about the hiker dying on the sawtooth.


With all the snow this past year I wasn't sure how much snow might remain on Bierstadt. I'm a wimp when it comes to 14ers and snow so drove up to the TH Friday afternoon to get a view of Bierstadt from the west. Patchy snowfields and caught two hikers down in the lot who had summited. They said summer boots would be fine but their boots was soaked and muddy. I walked down the the creek and the trail was a super muddy and wet in spots.

Drove up Saturday morning. Opted to wear my winter boots (Zamberlin) and was glad I did. The trail is wet and muddy in the willows. Above tree line, there are some minor snow fields that you might be able to avoid (off trail) or skate along the carved path in summer boots. Further up, the trail had running water and a layer of very thin ice (I summited at 10:25am). You could certainly hike in summer boots but the harder sole on my winter boots helped in the snow and single piece upper kept the feet dry the entire hike. The few extra ounces was worth it.

As one would expect, peak was full. I didn't really check out the sawtooth so don't know how much snow was on the east side, but in general there's a lot of snow up there for this time of year. I don't recall ever seeing snow in the willows this time of year and there still are some patches. There was a ton of snow on the west side of the sawtooth.

Drove down to Georgetown-- its paved from the summit for several miles towards G-town and it's a race track. Still lots of work at the power plant down to G-town itself but when they finish paving it, expect the the TH area to be even more of a draw. Someone in another thread mention putting a class 3 sign up on Bierstadt re the Sawtooth. Given the area up there will likely be getting a lot more visitors when the paving is done, there might be real value in doing that....


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