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How crowded is crowded?

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Hello all, this may be impossible to answer but I'm attempting to determine if Grays and Torreys, or Bierstadt will be too crowded on Sunday the 23rd. Can anyone describe how crowded these hikes tend to be on the weekends? Are there many hundreds of people on the trail? Are there people every few feet?
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lbethel wrote:Hello all, this may be impossible to answer but I'm attempting to determine if Grays and Torreys, or Bierstadt will be too crowded on Sunday the 23rd. Can anyone describe how crowded these hikes tend to be on the weekends? Are there many hundreds of people on the trail? Are there people every few feet?
Maybe not necessarily every few feet, but on some weekends it can certainly come close. Hundreds can be an accurate number in summer months. We're getting later into September so it will likely tone down a bit. But if it's a good weather weekend it will still be crowded.
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Best way to mitigate this is to start pre-dawn, maybe 5 am or so. You will still see plenty of people but you will be astonished at the masses on your way back down.
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About 500, people everywhere, I’ve climbed grays and Torrey’s on a Saturday in July and honestly had a blast, didn’t mind the crowds at all. Life is all about perspective and expectations and a prolonged derangement of the senses to achieve the unknown
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I say if you see less than 100 people total on that day you can consider it “not crowded” for those peaks.
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If you grab either summit sometime after 5pm...you might have it to yourself!!!
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When my son and I climbed Bierstadt earlier this summer on a Sunday there had to be close to 75 people on the summit. During our descent we probably passed 200 or 300 more. I'm not real bothered by the crowds though but if you are then you may want to consider a 14er a little farther from Denver. San Luis comes to mind as a good one that isn't crowded.
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Cruiser wrote:When my son and I climbed Bierstadt earlier this summer on a Sunday there had to be close to 75 people on the summit. During our descent we probably passed 200 or 300 more. I'm not real bothered by the crowds though but if you are then you may want to consider a 14er a little farther from Denver. San Luis comes to mind as a good one that isn't crowded.
Did you summit on a weekday or weekend?
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Harrison wrote:
Cruiser wrote:When my son and I climbed Bierstadt earlier this summer on a Sunday there had to be close to 75 people on the summit. During our descent we probably passed 200 or 300 more. I'm not real bothered by the crowds though but if you are then you may want to consider a 14er a little farther from Denver. San Luis comes to mind as a good one that isn't crowded.
Did you summit on a weekday or weekend?
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Or, if looking for more solitude, there are many fine overlooked non standard routes where, aside from the summit, you may encounter zero to very few people.
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