Peak(s):  Mt. Bierstadt  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  07/28/2010
Modified:  08/28/2010
Date Climbed:   07/28/2010
Author:  ypsetihw

 Bierstadt Summit Early Afternoon  

Started at the trailhead at 10:15am, and found several cars in the parking area. Because of the road closure you have to drive around 285 and it takes significantly longer to reach the trailhead than it did when the I-70 access was open - learn from our misjudgment.

The trail was relatively dry, even in the marshy sections, all the way up to the summit. Despite some early morning rain, which we missed, there was only minimal runoff on the main trail sections.

We made a decent pace and completed the standard western slope approach in just over 4.5 hours, allowing for several stops and a nice stay at the summit. When we arrived it was overcast, but my barometer was holding steady, and the clouds looked whispy and non-threatening. We did not experience any rain, however we did spot small thunderheads in adjacent valleys.

We reached the summit shortly after 1pm, and while it was chilly, it was decidedly pleasant. There was very little wind all day. We passed a few groups on the way up and reached the summit to find a small group of about 8 others. We did pass several groups on the way up and down, however there was plenty of time and space between the groups to allow for some solitude.

Our descent was guided by breaking clouds and high afternoon sun. It was much warmer on our way back, and we made good time down the pitch. Overall, the trail is in excellent shape right now, and weather permitting this is a great 14er within reach for anyone.

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