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2014-09-11  West Slopes  Biggest thing to report about is there is road work being done on Guenella Pass between 285 and Duck Lake. The road is completely SHUT DOWN and will prevent you from getting to the trailhead between the hours of 8am-11am and 1pm-3pm with 30 minute delays to be expected. We unfortunately learned this the hard way, and had to back track and get over to I-70 side through Evergreen. Save yourself the hassle and go the I-70 side. Project is slated to go through October of 2015 according to the Forest Service website . The nice ladies at where they make you wait for a pace truck made it seem like it was only for a couple weeks and come Aspen viewing time it wouldn‘t be shutting down during the day. That aside it ended up being a nice clear day for climbing to the top of my FIRST 14er even though it was a foggy day in Denver when we left. The benefits of our delay starting were there was no frost on any of the boardwalks, and saw a Moose near the parking lot. The mud between boardwalk section that others have mention was still there, but none of it was big enough that it is not possible to step on the sides. Other then that the crew working on the trail have done an AMAZING job with all the work they have done moving rocks around to help define the trail and create steps in areas. They said this was the last week for them working on the trail this season, and were going to be working 6 days to try and complete the section they were working on, instead of the 4 they have been doing. We were the last to summit for the day, and did so about 3:30pm. timgetz   2014-09-12  0     Edit Delete 
2014-09-01  West Slopes  I did a quick trail run on the standard route Monday morning. Got kind of a late start leaving the TH at 7:15. The boardwalks were tinged with frost through they weren‘t particularly slick. There was some mud in between the boardwalk sections as well. The creek crossing was slick with a thin veneer of ice covering several of the rocks and logs. I slipped and stuck both feet into the creek which was less than awesome since I was wearing non-waterproof trail runners. Higher up on the trail there was quite a bit more ice where water had been running along during the day and then had frozen over night. Though the areas were avoidable, the ice meant that I really had to to pay attention to where I put my feet in order to avoid slipping. No traction aids were needed, just a little extra care in a few spots. CFI trail crews were doing some work on the upper trail so be aware of them when you‘re heading up. Things seem to be coming along very well for them with what appears to be a much more sustainable trail through the talus being built. The trail sections on final push to the summit were free of ice and snow (though there were some patches of snow in shaded areas between rocks) so no issues there. Cruiser   2014-09-03  0     Edit Delete 
2014-09-01  West Slopes  First time climbing Mt. Bierstadt today. Arrived at 6:30am, and began climbing by 7am. Very crowded today, Labor Day holiday -- parking lot was packed and cars were parked along the road. Temperature was 41 degrees at the trailhead. When we were down in the willows, it was deceptive because we were protected from the wind, and the sun was hitting us, we thought it would have been warmer. But once we got out of the willows and we were completely exposed, the cold wind (gale force winds) was constantly blowing, we‘re guessing upwards of 35MPH. There was also frost on the wood planks through the marsh making them a little slippery and there was a lot of ice and mud on the trail before you got to the scree near the top. The conditions were so brutal, we almost turned around several times, but stayed the course and made it to the summit. cyclelover   2014-09-01  0     Edit Delete 
2014-08-25  West Slopes  Got to east parking lot at 10am... it was full, but west parking lot was not even half full. Still some mud puddles at beginning of trail, but no ice or snow anywhere on trail. It started to sleet slightly at about 12,700‘ but only lasted 20 mins. Workers (volunteers?) were continuing to create stone steps near 13,500‘. The steps make the trail so much easier. About 2 dozen people were descending as we ascended. Only 6 other people at summit when we arrived. On a sad note... found 2 beer cans near summit. Shame on you. Eric Lyders   2014-08-26  0    1Edit Delete 
2014-08-23  West Slopes  The trail was a bit muddy with puddles in places from rain the previous day. At the higher elevations, the recent rain was in ice form. Once we got above ~13,000 feet there was ice on the rocks and traces of snow from the day before. It was very cold and windy up there! I left at 6:00 am and was on the summit around 8:30. JaredCrockett   2014-08-25  0     Edit Delete 
2014-08-21  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  Bierstadt trail dry and smooth. Still a good area of ice on the Sawtooth. Gully to go down is loose and fairly steep, but the mud is the real horror getting back to the main trail. emgordon   2014-08-21  0     Edit Delete 
2014-08-12  West Slopes  All clear and busy as usual. Main info is trail crew was working on new steps near 13,300‘ (they put the warning that they are there at trailhead, which is a long ways before where they work). There was still some hail hanging out in protected nooks from storm on 8/11. Craig Jones   2014-08-13  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-28  West Slopes  The first parking lot was full at 7:30am (on a Monday morning), but the second lot was mostly empty (some of it blocked by construction equipment) and the roadside parking was light. Trail all in fine condition, just a little a little muddy and slippery after the rain. Some cold rain, small sleet or hail, and light thunder started up about 12:30pm (which was in the forecast and common in late July, but seemed an hour earlier than I had expected). cdmco   2014-07-29  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-27  West Slopes  Trail was dry. No clouds in the early morning, though clouds started to form around 8am. Didn‘t hear any thunder until around 1:30pm when we were leaving the parking lot. I‘ve included a photo of the sawtooth for those of you wanting to see its condition. kingshimmers   2014-07-28 7     Edit Delete 
2014-07-19  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  The Sawtooth definitely still has snow on the descent from Bierstadt. It was crossable/avoidable, but a bit hairier than I would have liked (and more so than I remembered from a few years ago). I didn‘t have any traction devices or an ice axe. Avoiding the snow will take you off route a few times, and added some time. Contrary to a recent condition report, it seemed that the people that descended from Bierstadt and stayed to the southeast side of the snow (with the snow to your left) almost all the way until the snow ended were able to traverse much more quickly. This puts you below the route, and you‘ll have to climb back up a bit. Michael Koontz   2014-07-20 1     Edit Delete 
2014-07-14  West Slopes  Trail is in great condition. No snow or rain runoff but plenty of people. taphappy56   2014-07-14  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-04  West Slopes  Started at 8AM from the road - VERY BUSY. This is a popular hike and where a lot of people start for 14ers so always expect people. The trail wasn‘t very crowded, everyone was pretty spread out. Complete summer conditions. Just a little muddy in places but no snow to cross. Summited at 11 and was back to the car by 1:30! caseylynn39   2014-07-04  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-28  West Slopes  dusting of snow, windy, slightly muddy at lower elevations, and lots of people. Lots of unprepared people. no jackets, hats, gloves! Hello, 14,000 ft in colorado in June. martyharrison   2014-06-28  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-28  West Slopes  Overall good conditions. However dress warm very exposed to wind. No snow accumulation or post holing. However in the morning a small stretch was icy near summit and hard to get good traction. On the way down most of the ice melted. If you have any traction I would bring with. I expect in another week summer conditions all the way to the top. jlafber   2014-06-28  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-22  West Slopes  There were few snow patches near the summit of Bierstadt. You can the snow patches or bypass and take the rock/boulder route. No ice axe/microspikes/crampon needed but for some folks hiking poles will be useful. Overall, the trail was in very good condition. rahman_77   2014-06-23  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-22  West Slopes  Smooth sailing on the trail to Bierstadt this morning. The lower trail is sloppy though CFI trail crews are working diligently to install new foot bridges and stepping stones in the worst areas. Still, be prepared to get dirty on the way back to the car. Do you best to avoid trampling the willows through the worst sections. Scott Gomer Creek is running pretty high but there is still enough of a snow bridge to cross without getting wet if you follow the creek about 30 yards upstream. Higher up there was a thin veneer of ice on parts of the trail which made things kind of slick. There are still a couple of snow fields to cross, but there are good trenches through them which should minimize or eliminate post holing for all but the latest hikers. The last of the snow is melting quickly though... Cruiser   2014-06-22  0  4    Edit Delete 
2014-06-21  West Slopes  Mt. Bierstadt was my third and my wife‘s first 14er. As a friendly reminder for those tackling this 14er in the next week or so, here‘s just a few tips to make your trip more enjoyable regarding the conditions: 1. Wear some type of high ankle, water proof boot/shoe. The lower trails were consistently muddy through the willows. In between board walk areas, it was a wet, sloppy mess. I spent most of the day with wet feet. 2. River crossing about .5 miles in. Please don‘t cross where the trail and river intersect. Heading to Mt. Bierstadt from the parking lot, look up river (left) to find an easier crossing about 50 feet up river. It‘ll keep your toes dry a little longer. 3. Throughout the hike, there were significant (50 feet or more in length) sections of the trail that are snow covered. At times, I sank mid-thigh deep in the wet white stuff. Enjoy the hike! It‘s a great one. chrissize21   2014-06-21 2     Edit Delete 
2014-06-14  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  We left the Guanella Pass Trailhead at ~5:30 a.m. There was no snow so no need for snowshoes. Initially, the mud on the lower section of the trail was frozen, so it was no problem, we didn‘t get muddy. Photo 1 shows a view of the ridge from Bierstadt to The Sawtooth. We descended Bierstadt via some talus, then traversed snow to the low point of the ridge. It would have been nice to have an ice axe on the snow, but not really with carrying one the whole way for this short section. Hiking poles were adequate. There was no snow on the rest of the ridge around the gendarme or the Sawtooth ledge (see photo #2). There was no snow, just lots of wind, from the Sawtooth to Evans. The trail descending to Scott Gomer Creek was partially snow-covered, and some patches we were able to cross, while others were too soft. Hiking poles were essential in the willows. The Bierstadt trail back to the trailhead was muddy, but after the willows, does it matter? floribel   2014-06-15 2     Edit Delete 
2014-06-11  West Slopes  Started on the trail at 6am. Moderate mud and ice on the way up. Some snow patches that are packed enough to walk on during the morning. Snow with post holes near the summit. Very muddy on the way down. Great hike! superman2664   2014-06-12  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-07  West Slopes  Started at 5am and snow was soft enough that some of my group members were post holing and it was also muddy. Some icy runoff around 13000 but on the way down it had melted. We had chains/microspikes but no snowshoes. On the way down we were able to glissade a fair portion, maybe 1/4 of it. Willows were redic muddy, as expected. Fun day! vusteph   2014-06-09 1     Edit Delete 

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