Peak:  The Sawtooth (13er)
 Route:  Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  crazymarmot
 Date of Info:  10/11/2015
 Date Posted:  10/12/2015

Went up the NW gully to Bierstadt. Snow on the cross over was tricky (not enough) so it either was hiding big holes or went straight to ice. The gully itself did not have much snow, all avoidable (I did the left side). Coming down Bierstadt had some snowy/icy spots (of course where the easy holds are) but again all avoidable. The class 3 to Sawtooth was free of any snow/ice. Once on Sawtooth ledges, the first part (narrows) were fully covered with hard snow/ice BUT nobody at the time had traction and continued without an issue. I had my micro-spikes but found it to be a waste of time to put them on for such a short section. Plenty of hand holds make the crossing still fairly safe; but I can see how most people would like to have some traction for that portion. On the scree slope there was no snow/ice. Once past the exit, the flats of Sawtooth were covered in snow, but all manageable. The snow disappeared on the way to Evans, roughly 10-20min from Sawtooth. The "bowling alley" (descent from Sawtooth - Spadling) is free of snow. The willows were quite muddy (ankle+ deep) due to the recent snow melt. Have fun!

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