Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  05/24/2006
Date Climbed:   05/20/2006
Author:  vasocreta

 1st long hike in Colorado -- Bierstadt  

So, my wife and I have been here for a year. I thought it was time to take a decent hike. We were shooting for Evans, mind you. But, the willows off of the Bierstadt trail from Guanella Pass were a bit too soggy and the patches of snow were deep in places. It would have been better with poles. Considering my wife has done little to no hiking in her life and I was unfamiliar with the terrain, we opted to simply take Bierstadt. I know that this is a mellow hike by most standards, but we felt challenged enough for our first outing.

Early in the morning, the Willows were smooth, minus the deep snow patches. Scott Gorman creek was running hard, so we knew that snow was melting and that the trip back was going to be a wet experience. Basically, everything went smoothly. Is there a bridge over the creek? or is that just snow over it? That sort of freaked us out, as we were sinking into the snow pretty often. Anyway, the weather was perfect: good cloud cover to keep the sun from baking us. We ate lunch at the summit and briskly descended as we saw the clouds getting darker and rolling in quickly. It began to rain once we reached the parking lot. What timing!

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