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|2016-07-16||Route: East Ridge
Info: Bierdstat east ridge from summit of Epaulet.
|2016-07-10||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Beautiful day today. A little windy, but not too cold. Summitted Bierstadt, Sawtooth, and Evans. There is still a small amount of snow on the descent to the saddle. It is probably better to descend below it until the first break in it. I stayed above it and it made the descent a little bit more difficult and slower. No snow anywhere else on the route. The valley back to the standard trail is still super muddy. On several occasions, I stepped in over a foot of mud. The standard Bierstadt trail has no mud whatsoever. Honestly, once you cross the creek in the valley it might be faster and easier to hike up to the ridge to the main trail and descend that way. I did not do this, but there are no willows, its steep, but its all grass, and its short, and then the descent is way easier than trampling through willows and getting stuck in mud.
|2016-07-08||Route: West Slopes
Info: More of an FYI: Trail had great conditions all the way through. Saw a guy hiking in chaos. I had waterproof hiking low tops, but never really got wet. One river crossing, but even then, used rocks to jump across without difficulty. Poles can always help this part.
|2016-07-05||Route: West Slopes
Info: Brought a pair of flip flops to wear across the creek crossing rather than starting the hike with wet boots, but it was actually fairly easy to get across without getting wet. If you plan your way across carefully, you only have to step in the water once, at a depth of an inch, which my hiking boots could manage without a problem. No real snow on the route, though it was pretty cold and windy up top. This was my first time doing Bierstadt, and one update to the route description: BOTH trailheads actually have bathrooms now, so if you park at the lower one, the trail is right there. (I headed to the other lot before realizing my mistake.)
|2016-07-03||Route: West Slopes
Info: Muddy at the base trailhead, creek crossing can be a challenge. You have to deviate off trail and head north to find an easy crossing if you don't want to get wet. Cold on the ridge today to the summit.
|2016-06-29||Route: West Slopes
Info: Bierstadt is good to go! Started the hike at 5am, back to the car by 11am. The water crossing is still a little high, but if you take it slow and choose your steps wisely it's not impossible to cross without getting wet. After that it's smooth sailing. Only one very small patch of snow left on the route, but it was very easy to work around. Mud was minimal. No special equipment needed.
|2016-06-27||Route: West Slopes
Info: Hiked West Slopes for the second time today (first time was a few years ago). Beautiful day, minimal wind, no special gear required - some good hiking shoes, water, and sunscreen! Took my Aunt on her first 14er (she's from sea level and only been here 3 days). Started at 5:30am and reached the summit around 9:30/10am after going a steady pace and descended in about half the time. Route is mostly clear and in summer conditions with a expected exceptions: a couple of muddy areas in the willows (typical), ice on the rocks in the morning up higher (turns to a stream when it warms up), and the creek to cross is still high (early in the season)... Be weary of using the log as it is slick and seems to be growing some moss (plus it's not as sturdy in the water as one might like). If you're going to fall in, do it on the way back to the car though... No need to change socks (unfortunately, I speak from today's experience).
|2016-06-27||Route: Tour D'abyss
Info: Did the tour today, East ridge of Bierstadt was completely dry. Still a large snowfield under Bierstadt at the start of the sawtooth(as seen in pictures). We stuck to the top of the snowfield and found it pretty easy to cross, with no microspikes. You can cross the snowfield lower down, but it is steep, post holy and has a bad run out, wouldn't do it without an axe. Really great route!
|2016-06-26||Route: West Slopes
Info: First 14er of the season! We took the West slopes. Minimal mud and what was there was easily avoidable. A little path of snow near the summit that you can easily go around. What a view! We started at 5:45am and were at the summit by 8:45am. The trek down was an easy 2 hours. Temp ranged between 50 F and 65 F. No gear other than a camelback and good hiking boots needed.
|2016-06-25||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: I hiked the Tour d'Abyss this morning (Bierstadt's east ridge and returned across to the sawtooth to my car parked on the Mt Evans road). The basin between Evans and Bierstadt is marshy so bring an extra pair of socks. Bierstadt east ridge is dry, there's some snow on the descent but you can avoid most of it without trouble and just kick steps to cross the bit where necessary. Once you get to the notch halfway across the sawtooth and begin regaining elevation, it's completely dry, including the west side once you've crossed over. The remaining route up to Evans has a few little snow patches but it's trampled down pretty well and easy to avoid with some rock hopping.
|2016-06-19||Route: West Slopes
Info: Took a friend up her first 14er. Bierstadt is a great one to start on. 10:00am start. 1:00pm summit. 3:30pm back to the car. As per previous reports, conditions are optimal. I will ad this: There are usually many DOGS both leashed and unleashed on this hike. My pup Chaco loves the butt smelling meet-and-greets! However, If your pup doesn't do well with other dogs this might not be a good hike to bring them on, as we encountered 20-30 dogs on the way to the summit, and an equal number on the way down. Also, remember to lather on the sunscreen!
|2016-06-19||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Mostly dry on the way up Bierstadt. Same for Sawtooth ridge. Any snow on the route is easily avoidable. Shouldn't need microspikes and anything more than trail runners
|2016-06-19||Route: West Slopes
Info: Beautiful day for a hike. It was pretty windy at the summit, however. Started at 6:15am and summited at 9:15. Only one or two small muddy spots. Otherwise, a great time!
|2016-06-18||Route: West Slopes
Info: Late (8:30) start, already 200+ people on the mountain. Good conditions, easy stream crossing and one small snowfield that is easily avoided (although there was some post-hole potential in the snowfield). Crowded (as is to be expected mid morning on a Saturday). Always sad to watch so many people off the trail though...
|2016-06-18||Route: West Slopes
Info: Pre-sunrise hike on Thurs. morning 06/16/16. Easy stream crossing. Still a few small snow fields that were frozen as I was pre-dawn. I brought an ice axe hoping for enough snow left for some glissading down, but not the case. Plenty of frozen runoff on the trail if the temp is low so spikes could be helpful, but not really required. Sunrise on the summit was awesome although the smoke from the New Mexico fires is interfering with the views.
|2016-06-14||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Pretty basic up to Bierstadt, the sawtooth gap was pretty Gnarly with some snow fields below the notch, but negotiable. Some ice on the west path before the rock wall so be careful and watch where you step! After we got around and up the gap was clear sailing to the west ridge of Evans. Took a minute to get on the right path after leaving the rock scrambling above the gap and there was a intermittent snow along the rest of the way to Evans, BUT not deep at all and didn't need snowshoes or spikes...for any of it really. Did some glissading down the gulch to Scott Gomer Creek, still a lot of snow there, but you can see the snow line from Guanella pass. Be ready to be wet and muddy on the hike out back to the Bierstadt Trail. Pants (for the scree & glissading), extra layer or two for the summit, and food/snacks/water and you can do it too!
|2016-06-11||Route: West Slopes
Info: Left the parking lot at 7:15am. The lot was full, but there were still many close spots on the road--it was much less crowded than I expected. There are patches of snow, but they are short and easy to get through. The last 200' has a lot of snow, but it can be completely avoided if you are ok with bouldering around the rocks. Snowshoes are unnecessary even if you choose the snow route at the top. Summitted at 9:45. Sunny, a little chilly, a light breeze, and clear skies made it an awesome summit. Like usual, it was very crowded though. Glissaded down one section using pre-existing tracks. Back to the car by noon.
|2016-06-10||Route: West Slopes
Info: I started from the parking lot at mid-morning. Encountered lots of mud through the willows. The stream crossing was a challenge due to high water. 95% of the trail was clear of snow. The sections with snow were packed and supported my weight (210) nicely. Encountered few difficulties.
|2016-06-08||Route: West Slopes
Info: I decided to go early, because I had to go to work after and was hoping the willows wouldn't be as muddy on the way down. I hit the Guanella Pass TH at about 4:40am and it the trail was pretty stable with some muddy spots. The only issue I had was the creek that runs through. It was a bit deeper than I expected and I ended up stepping in it and having cold and wet feet for the whole hike. And after skiing all winter, I'm used to having cold feet! I got off the trail somehow, because it was dark, and hiked up the talus field most of the way. Probably could have just traversed across and hit the trail, but it was fun so I kept doing it. Some postholing, but this was pretty much only because I wasn't on the trail. There's a good amount of snow on the ridge, and it was pretty hard packed at 730ish when I was coming down. You definitely don't need crampons, and I didn't have any microspikes. I wouldn't bring them if I knew the conditions, just because it would have been more of a hassle than it would be worth, for me. I slipped a few times on the way down because of ice I couldn't see. By the time I got to the willows again it was much muddier, but again not bad (unless you really don't want to get your shoes dirty, lol).
|2016-06-05||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: The Sawtooth was interesting in the soft spring snow. Summited Bierstadt around 7am then went for Evans. There were old footprints to follow on the traverse, and kudos to who ever placed these! Snow was soft off the east side of the sawtooth (obviously in the sun) but could become unstable later in the day. Crampons are handy to traverse the ridge on the west side where the snow is more solid, but if you are feeling risky you can rock hop on the loose talus near the cliffs edge, your call really. The trek over to Evans was fine, snow in the gully on the way back to Guanella Pass was terrible with major postholing up to your waist at the base of the gully... The venture through the willows was nightmarish to say the least with swamp, mud, rivers, and large melting snow drifts making this quite unpleasant.