Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  06/30/2011
Date Climbed:   06/30/2011
Author:  Steve Hawkins
 Mt Bierstadt Made Easy  

June 30th, drove from Boulder to Guanella Pass via 285 and Grant due to the construction work on the pass road. Launched my climb at 6:45am and arrived at the top of Bierstadt two hours later. Trail conditions were very good, snow was never a real factor, even at the very top. Mud was only evident in a few spots and very manageable without straying from the trail. Weather was overcast and almost a perfect climbing temperature, turning to sunny as I descended. I was delighted to be able to follow the correct route, particularly as it got more bouldery at the top. The frequently spaced cairns were my guiding light. Of course there was wind, but it often worked as a boosting tailwind. Since I got a fairly early start, I met most of my fellow climbers on my way back down. In general, the conditions are great on the mountain for easy access. My most difficult problem was crossing the stream down in the valley area. The water is fairly high right now and covers the boulders that must be pretty useful for crossing later in the summer. I finally found a spot where I could jump across. I ended up using the 11am to 1pm window when the pass road was open down to Georgetown as a way to return back home. The Guanella Pass road is going to be something when they get it done. I hope it doesn't attract so many folks that the remoteness of the area goes away.

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