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2013-01-06  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  Paul (CaptainP) and I hiked Biersadt and Evans on Sunday the 6th. Paul used the Grant side approach, and got stuck in his truck, needing chains to get out. He parked at the gate. I took the Georgetown approach and enjoyed a well groomed road to the gate closure. We each left the car at 730am and met at the TH at 8am. The roads are well groomed and go by quickly. The trail to Bierstadt is boot packed and the upper slopes are not holding much snow. The Sawtooth is a different story. The east side was completely covered. An ice axe is 100% necessary. The west side ledges are holding enough snow to catch your attention. I have done the Sawtooth in summer, and fall, and found this trip to be a much more difficult and committing. The trail to Evans has snow, but snowshoes are not needed. We descended the dreaded willows route and were ecstatic to find a well packed trench leading all the way back to the main trail. We did not use snowshoes (or bring them). I used microspikes. Paul did not. Sorry, I don’t have any good photos of the ‘Tooth. I Man   2013-01-07  0  2    Edit Delete 
2013-01-01  West Slopes  Went up today. New snow did not change need for snowshoes; they are unnecessary and we booted the entire way up. A little bit of postholing up top but too rocky for snowshoes to be useful up there anyway. Most of the trail was packed but a bit loose, except for the finish. Agree that spikes could be useful! Weather was cold, calm and clear - a perfect combination! Surprised we only saw a few people on it. robbieflick   2013-01-01  0     Edit Delete 
2012-12-30  West Slopes  To reiterate MountainHiker‘s post - there was no need for snowshoes on the entire route. Took spikes but never put them on. Certainly this could change with the snowfall predicted for today. If conditions remain as they were on Sunday, Bierstadt would make for a nice, easy New Year‘s Day climb. Image 1 shows the boot pack trail through the willows. Image 2 shows the conditions above 13K Jay521   2012-12-31 2  2    Edit Delete 
2012-12-29  West Slopes  From Naylor Lake winter TH. Well packed trail on road to Guanella Pass and through the willows. Above the willows the packed trail braids away from the real trail in several places. We left the snowshoes in the Jeep. MountainHikerette wore MicroSpikes but I was fine without them. Used poles. Some did wear snowshoes. MountainHiker   2012-12-29  0     Edit Delete 
2012-12-21  West Slopes  Guanella Pass Closed 8.2 miles up from the Georgetown side for winter. Shin to knee deep snow on Guanella Pass Rd past Winter Road Block. I put on snow shoes immediately on the other side of the road block and made it to the TH in about a hour. The snow remained deep through the Scott Gomer Creek area. It wasn‘t until above approx 12,300 ft on the shoulder before the snow thinned out to where it was manageable breaking trail without snowshoes. From there to just below the final summit pitch were a few snow drifts that were avoidable by staying on the rocks. Just before the final summit pitch there was a deep patch of snow approx 25-40 yards wide, that in places I sunk up to my waist. jnorris   2012-12-23  0     Edit Delete 
2012-12-20  West Slopes  Very little snow above 12,000‘. I was hoping for the elusive west slopes summit snowboard descent after recent snow cycles. Oh well. Approached from Grant side. Lots of snow below treeline and some great, although avalanche prone snow conditions over in the old Guanella pass ski area. I did not see any avy activity but lots of whumping and cracking. The picture was taken from the top of Guanella pass ski area. taylorzs   2012-12-21 1  4    Edit Delete 
2012-12-07  West slopes  A few snow patches along the trail. Brought microspikes, but never felt the need to put them on. Very windy at the top. Felt like fall conditions with some added windchill. As we were headed down there was a little snowfall, but I doubt it had a significant impact on the trail. sheller   2012-12-10  0       
2012-11-24  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  The road was dry and clean, no problem there. Started hiking in the morning and the mud path was frozen, and the creek was mostly iced. Ascend to Bierstadt was clean, very little snow. The Sawtooth traverse however had enough snow where gators is a MUST, deep snow in unexpected places - between the rocks and just didn‘t want to take chance to wet the feet. The climbing of the sawtooth is rather clean of snow. Evans ascend has no snow. We descended through the gully between Spalding and the Sawtooth - no snow there, nice and dry. The creek path is as usual hard to find, but the most of the water is frozen and you don‘t have to deal with mud. Again: BRING GATORS, no need for micro-spikes or snowshoes. Thank you! igoreka   2012-11-26  0     Edit Delete 
2012-11-23  West Slopes  Road to the trailhead via Georgetown was entirely clear save for some Bighorn Sheep on the road. West slopes were clear with packed dirty snow in spots (I had microspikes but did not need them on the packed sections). Overall the trail is clear and 85% dirt at the lower elevations with packed snow on the trail more prevalent above 13,200. BlackCoffeeFix   2012-11-25 1     Edit Delete 
2012-11-06  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  No snow on the way to Bierstadt. Some snow one the sawtooth. Not much of a problem with footing, though it did hide some rocks. No snow on Evans. The biggest issue was after dropping down from Evans. The return through the willows had some very bad smooth ice (from melting and refreezing) that was very slick. No consequences though other than a bruised tailbone. jmd_10   2012-11-07  0     Edit Delete 
2012-11-04  West Slopes  There is almost no snow/ice on the way up. some patches but everything is clear. you can feel the weather change for sure. it was obe cold climb KTriver07   2012-11-04 2     Edit Delete 
2012-11-03  West Slopes  I hiked yesterday Saturday, November 3rd Mt. Bierstadt. The Guanella Pass Road is clear of snow all the way from Georgetown to Grant. The whole trail to the summit is all clear of snow as well. It was cloudy all day and windy and cold at the summit. Until conditions change, any kind of traction is needed. javy20040   2012-11-04  0     Edit Delete 
2012-10-21  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  The route to the top of Bierstadt (west slopes) had hard snow and ice in a few spots, but they were easily avoidable. I took microspikes, but I did not feel the need to put them on for this portion of the hike. I left the summit of Beirstadt to cross the Sawtooth Traverse to Sawtooth Mountain at 1040. I did not go all the way to Evans. There was approximately six inches of loose snow along the route in most places prior to the saddle at 13,300 feet. After that there was no snow, until the ledges on the West side of the traverse. There were a few spots it was unavoidable on the ledges, so use caution. Ryan00000   2012-10-22  0  1    Edit Delete 
2012-10-06  West Slopes  Intermittent snow on trail becoming less avoidable around 13,000‘. Snow above treeline was soft and powdery so easy to walk on - no deeper than 5-6". Wind and temperatures made it a very cold trek, but it was a beautiful day. Only ice was on the trail below the shoulder on the way down - either take care or use microspikes - and on the rocks in the creek crossing early in the AM. Just step carefully and you‘ll be fine! Started at 7:45 and back at the car around 11:45 with some summit time - pretty day and very few people on the trail! ameristrat   2012-10-08  0       
2012-09-29  West Slopes  Climb was snow free until about 13,200‘. The snow was very shallow and presented no challenge to attaining the summit. Gets slippery in the afternoon if you stay on the packed trail. Traction devices not required. Muddy in the afternoon. Do not cross the creek in the morning at the standard crossing area! The rocks are covered in ice and not visible. Many people took a bath crossing the stream. Go to the left about 50‘. Beautiful day on the peak. mrschaible   2012-09-29  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-14  West Slopes  Bit of snow above 12,750‘ I slipped on my microspikes and was glad I had them. DoWork   2012-09-14  0     Edit Delete 
2012-06-30  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  Just a little bit of snow left on a tiny (10 ft.) section at the beginning of the Sawtooth, but it should be gone in the next few days. Otherwise, summer conditions in both peaks, their respective trails, and the Sawtooth traverse. esagas   2012-07-01  0     Edit Delete 
2012-06-23  West Slopes  Dry all the way up on the standard route. Even got dusty in places as the wind picked up on the way down. No snow crossing the trail, but I could see a small patch on the western side of the sawtooth. olhado47   2012-06-23 3     Edit Delete 
2012-06-08  West Slopes  No mud and very little hard pack at the top, that‘s easily avoidable. I would only caution early risers about a bit of ice on some parts of the upper half of the trail, where the combo of water seeping from the ground and heavy use erosion made me slip once, before I noticed in the pre-dawn light. It all melted shortly after sunrise. Otherwise, late summer conditions! jenjenm   2012-06-18 1     Edit Delete 
2012-06-03  Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans  Slushy on some of the shady slopes above 13.5k, but easy to cope if you have trekking poles and/or micro spikes/good boots. Backside of Bierdstadt has a great snow field to glisade down to the start of the Sawtooth. No rollerballs/pinwheels to hint at possible wet slides, ~ 300 ft of very fun glisading. Sawtooth ridge was dry, but the last section has plenty of loose gravel to keep in mind. Evans was clear Sawtooth to summit. helmich2   2012-06-04 4  3    Edit Delete 

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