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|2016-10-23||Route: West Slopes
Info: Started the climb at about 9:45am. Weather was perfect, sunny and cool outside with no wind. Took the dogs on their first 14er (blue heeler puppy and german shepherd mix) and they LOVED it. Highly recommend this hike for beginners and adventurous dogs. This was my 11th 14er and I would say its the easiest so far. Some parts of the climb had ice but you could avoid it, and it melted as the day went on. My regular hiking shoes were fine and I didn't slip once. Took us about 4-5 hours total, great conditions and great climb!
|2016-10-22||Route: West Slopes
Info: Mostly clear of snow. Some places on the trail have snow and ice, but most of it can be avoided by stepping on rocks. There were a few places where it was nice to have a pole for traction. I didn't see anyone using Micro-Spikes. At the stream crossing the usual crossing rocks were icy in the morning. Upstream within sight are a bunch of exposed rocks (from the stream being low) where people were crossing instead.
|2016-10-15||Route: West Slopes
Info: Mostly clear of snow until you reached the last ~2,000 ft., where it was patchy but you could still make it on the trail. On the way up, no issues in just hiking boots as the sun was still rising. On the way down around 10 AM, it became icy in parts as the sun came out and slicked it a bit. Pretty windy day too, but otherwise a beautiful one. Great hike!
|2016-10-08||Route: West Slopes
Info: Some snow and ice on trail down low this morning starting from the trailhead but it was melted on hike down. Snow and slick areas from about 12,000 ft up but didn't need micro spikes but would not hurt to have them. Good day to summit!
|2016-10-07||Route: West Slopes
Info: Beautiful weather for the hike, however sections of the upper trail were obscured by snow. Ended up off-trail for most of the climb and probably created more problems for others as we packed down sub-optimal routes. Very friendly folks on the trail made the whole trip more fun.
|2016-09-27||Route: West Slopes
Info: The entire route is in dry, summer condition.
|2016-09-18||Route: East Ridge
Info: Mt. Evans road was closed at Summit lake. Descent into Abyss drainage from Epaulet-Evans saddle, and entirety of Bierstadt East ridge was snow free. The NE face of Bierstadt on the descent to the sawtooth had pockets of snow and ice, but most of it was avoidable. On the sawtooth traverse itself, there is no snow on the exposed/off-camber sections. As of today, traction was not necessary for any of the Tour d'abyss route. Cheers.
|2016-09-16||Route: West Slopes
Info: Started up Bierstadt at 5:40am today. Trail was in great shape to the top. We had low-level clouds roll in at about 13,500ft and the temps dropped dramatically; froze the water in our bladder tubes! Once we got on the ridge it warmed up, a bluebird day the rest of the way. Some high clouds but nothing threatening. We saw no ice except for small areas of runoff. No snow to speak of.
|2016-09-05||Route: West Slopes
Info: There was no snow on the trail. Just ice above 13,000', it could be easily avoided by hiking right next to the trail. At dawn there was frost on the trail and crossing the river was difficult (my hiking partner fell in the river and we had to return the the car for new clothes). I would recommend crossing the river a little north of where the trail is, there is a large sand bank just up the creek.
|2016-09-03||Route: West Slopes
Info: very little snow near the top, but not on the trail itself... beautiful day, not very windy... trail very easy to follow
|2016-09-01||Route: West Slopes
Info: The snow is not consequential. There is no need for snowshoes and I never felt the need to put on traction. It was icy in spots and there is very hard packed snow in between rocks near the top but I ran up and down in trail runners in 2 hrs and 09 minutes with no issue.
|2016-08-30||Route: West Slopes
Info: Snow down to about 13,000'
|2016-08-28||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Despite some fresh snow, conditions are still good. The hike up Bierstadt was clean until about 13,000' (roughly, I forgot to check), where the snow began. However, walking on it with just boots was perfectly safe, although pre-dawn some of the packed sections were quite slippery. The east side of the Sawtooth Ridge was almost completely dry. The only part with snow was when we crossed back over to the west side to climb up to the ridge towards Evans. There was a little bit of exposure there, but we took it slow and crossed with no problem. The rest of the route to Evans was snowy and icy, but again totally doable in hiking boots. One thing to note is that it took us much longer than anticipated. Not sure if that has to do with experience or the route itself, but it took us over 3 hours to traverse from Bierstadt to Evans (2 hours on the Sawtooth alone), which caused us to get caught in a storm on the descent. The gully was fine, but once we descended into the valley, it was swampy and wet. We sunk into the mud up to our knees a couple of times running back to the trailhead to avoid the storm. There was heavy rain at this time, so I'm not sure if it is better on a dry day. We started at 5am, which was probably too late to do this route (added Spalding too, but that added maybe 20 min), so start early and enjoy!
|2016-08-27||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: Frigid temps and still 2-4" of snow with deeper drifts on the slopes below Spalding. The most exposed section of Sawtooth Ridge itself was easily passable, as the snow was patchy and soft on the shaded (Northwest) side even at 9 AM, while most of the snow was gone on the Abyss Lake side of the Ridge. The jaunt up to the summit of Bierstadt from Sawtooth Ridge had wetter snow and was a little slippery, but with a little caution it wasn't particularly difficult. Back toward Evans, the main trail was quite slick with all the foot traffic. Fantastic route!
|2016-08-26||Route: West Slopes
Info: Started about 06:30, Trail covered in about 4-6" of snow and temp was ~30*F As I climbed, the temperature dropped, snow got deeper (~10" at top on leeward side) and the wind picked up ~25mph gusts. I did not have spikes or snowshoes and really didn't need them, spikes might have been helpful on the way down as the trail turned to a slush, ice, mud mixture. The snow had melted to about 12,200' on my return to my truck.
|2016-08-12||Route: West Slopes
Info: Two friends and I hiked Bierstadt Friday morning at 12:30 am to watch the meteor shower. The weather was bearable at the base, low 40's. At about 12,000 ft it started to get cold, around 20's- 30's. We watched the moonset, then the meteors all started flying across the sky, I counted around 100, with about 30 shooting/falling starts. We made it up to the summit long before the sunrise. The summit was extremely cold, I had many layers on and I carried a yoga blanket that I used as a "tent" and took a nap. This was my third time on Bierstadt, 06/07/2016 -I went up the Northwest Gully in spikes, 07/21/2016 I did sawtooth, then finally yesterday 06/12/2016 I did the standard route. This time, all of the ankle rolling all summer caused me to completely sprain it. My friends and some strangers made a splint with the blanket, a rope, a belt and a V badage. I am very poor and when people wanted to call 911 I said, "NO,NO,NO". CALL 911, they send out search and rescue, I found this out when I ran across a Alpine Mountain Rescue volunteer on my attempt to get down the mountain with the help of my friends and strangers. The gentleman called 911 and rallied up volunteers. Medics came and splinted up my ankle, then around 20 volunteers took turns carrying my in a "litter" down the mountain. I am planning something special for these people for sure. Bierstadt is a great hike, the trail is easy to route out and the people that hike it are amazing. Start early to avoid the crowds, bring wind and rain gear. Image 1: This is Jute Matting/ erosion control. I do a lot of volunteer work and please do not step on, or remove the rocks from this. Image 2-4: The sunrise facing Evans
|2016-08-11||Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Info: We climbed Bierstadt and Evans on 8/10, starting just before 4am. The ascent up Bierstadt is extremely well marked and a very enjoyable hike. Sawtooth was dry and fun. There is a bit of exposure, especially after the saddle/gendarmes but without severe weather it's not too daunting. Getting to the top of Evans from the top of the Sawtooth was long and frustrating, since you can just see the summit but you're still over a mile away. A couple of things: 1) start an hour earlier than you think you need to. I wish we'd started earlier so that we weren't rushed on our descent. Speaking of the descent... 2) The alternate descent through Scott Gomer Creek is TERRIBLE. The gully is fine, but after that, bring gaiters or waders or just a full on wetsuit because for about 1.5 miles at least, you're bushwhacking through willows and the trail is mud. Mud puddles, squishy mud, quicksand mud (seriously...I got stuck in the mud up to my knee and my boyfriend had to literally pull me out), it's NOT a fun descent. I'm not sure if there are any other options aside from a) going back over the Sawtooth and resummitting Bierstadt or b) having someone pick you up at Mt. Evans and getting a lift back to your car (I know the purists will be outraged I even suggested that). I'd be very interested to know if there's another way of getting down.
|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.