Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  08/06/2011
Date Climbed:   08/06/2011
Author:  vathdavid

 bierstadt - sawtooth to Evans  

My brother and me went up Friday night and camped out and hike the mountains on Saturday. We had a early start to try and reach the summit of Bierstadt before sunrise so we woke up a 3 and got on the trail by 4.

If you have a good headlamp the trail is very easy to see. Make sure when you are hiking to stay to the right and that will lead you up Bierstadt but if you go left it will take you to Evans. We made it to the the summit at 6:30 and missed the sunrise but got some sweet pics just below the summit. The advantage to starting that early is, no one is at the top with you. When we got up to the summit there was only two other guys. While on the summit you can see Grays and Torrey's peak which is pretty sweet and the view is awesome.

Once we got to the summit of Bierstadt we hike down the mountain to sawtooth ridge. The hike down was a little difficult but there is plenty of places to put your feet and hands but just be sure to watch your footing for you can easily slip. But once you get down to the ridge the hike is pretty easy and it is class 3 scrambling. We both had helmets and I would say it was a good idea. That was the best part of the trip was hiking the sawtooth and was a lot of fun. Once you clear the four points you come to a rock field with really lose rock. If you stay All the way to the right you will be fine. Once on top you come to a big field and you can see then trail to Evans and you cut right across to it.

The trail up to Evans was pretty steep for about a half a mile or so but becomes easier when you get closer and it just flows the Side of the mountain. The top of Evans is very busy so plan on a lot of people.

After we were done at the top of Evans we hike back down and followed the creek out to the widows. When coming down the creek it gets very steep so some trekking poles are nice. When hiking thru the widows be sure to have waterproof boots and gators because they sure came in good use. Once down the gully you can see the parking lot and follow the trail to the Bierstadt and trail and you are back to the parking.

Overall it was a total of 10 miles and 11 hours roundtrip and plan on 2 to 2 1/2 hours to cross sawtooth ridge.


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