Mt. Evans  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-10-13, By: dsr80304
Info: Whole route is in great condition. Some snow on the initial descent (maybe 200-300') from below Bierstadt summit down toward Sawtooth - a little slippery but not enough to warrant pulling out the microspikes. Stayed on the low route on the ledge - loose but manageable. Definitely got muddy on the exit, hard to avoid. Willows no problem. Great day! 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: timewarp01
Info: Route is totally dry the entire way; no snow at all on or near the ledge. Took the high route for the crux rather than the gulley to avoid the loose dirt. Almost made it through the willows without getting my feet wet but its definitely muddy. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-30, By: coopereitel
Info: I started at 9:00AM and returned to my car at 1:09PM. The cutoff to go this route is shortly after the river crossing on the main Bierstadt trail. There isn't a cairn or a well pounded in trail to look for. All it is is a trail of matted grass off the main trail in the first noticeable clearing. Then it is pretty self-explanatory where the trail goes from there. There is also an orange tag on a willow next to the trail. FYI there is a lot of mud and water on this trail down in the willows. Going up Gormer's Gully was not a problem. I stuck to the middle for the way up just to avoid the loose gravel on the side. I also have a weird preference for climbing on rocks. The gully was not a problem for the way down. I accidentally stayed on the ridge proper all the way to the summit because I didn't realize that there is a well marked trail that skirts just to the south of the summit ridge. This made me summit West Evans (which is a checkbox!). I hit the Sawtooth summit on the way down for fun. Going down I saw three people only until I met up with the main Bierstadt trail again. Great weather, haze to the north but none in the Evans area. I clocked 10mi ish on my inreach. This was a cool one. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-23, By: JasonCrane
Info: Unsuccessful attempt on Mt. Evans on Tues. from the West Ridge/Steep Gully route. Despite the dry conditions, numerous "mud holes" through the willows, seemingly unavoidable. Steep gully dry all the way to the West Ridge, with sporadic patches of snow in the large expanse to the hump, but easily avoidable. Lost the cairns at the hump around 13.9-14k feet & mistakenly descended repeatedly to what appeared to be trail below, but cliffed-out at the final bend & never saw the summit buildings. Retreated amidst modest snow squalls & darkening clouds. No snow accumulation. Disappointed, but relatively uneventful return hike. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: GordoByrn
Info: Route rolled as described with one exception. Right now at least, it's better to go about 1/10th of a mile past (what I think is) "the boulder" to make the left off the Bierstadt trail.The best, driest route stays higher than you'd expect. My down track shows it. See photo of the turn, which won't help in the dark, and GPS coordinates in a screen shot posted. https://www.strava.com/activities/4093943108 No traction on the way up. Microspikes for the descent of the steep loose parts of the upper gully. Lots of fun once the sun came up and we were able to exit the swamp! Strange to be alone at the top of Evans - just us and a couple goats. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-23, By: Sambvaughan
Info: Route was clear all the way. There was some snow in places around the route but we encountered no troubles. Wind was relatively calm. Bierstadt was packed so we quickly headed over to the Sawtooth. Willows were not fun on the way down - lots of mud. We were able to avoid most of the mud by jumping over the very wet spots - long day but a fun day. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: thebeave7
Info: A few patches of hard snow remaining, but easily avoided. The road is clear. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: blown4runner
Info: Little to no snow, a few small patchy areas on the Sawtooth and up Bierstadt west slopes, but avoidable. Evans is dry. No snow in gully. Didn't use/need traction. 
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Route: Road
Posted On: 2020-09-16, By: emcee smith
Info: Road is completely clear to the summit parking area, and trail from the parking area is completely clear to the summit. Disclaimer, there may be a few spots on the road where the snow creeps in 6-12" from the edge. Have fun, be safe 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-03, By: Troyister
Info: Arrived at trail-head at 4:45 AM 7-8 vehicles in the east parking lot. Temp. was below freezing as I could see frost in a few places with my headlamp. Trail to Bierstadt was easy straight forward. Bierstadt to Sawtooth was fun. Descending Bierstadt is very steep and no trail, you can see where others have gone here and there, and there are cairns to help a little bit but easy to see where to go. Climbing up to the point where you cross over the ridge to the north side was the toughest climbing on the route for me, but maybe I didn't take the easy way. The north side of the ridge that looks the scariest in the pictures was easy. Sawtooth to Evans challenge is following the cairns, a couple of times got off route and an easy scramble back on course. Evans to the top of the gully was easy, the gully is steep just like everyone stated before, but slow and steady and it is no problem. From the bottom of the gully to the trail in the willows I again got off track, bushwhacked for 50 yards and found the trail. Just keep to the left till you find the well established trail. A few places of mud but probably about as good as it gets with this trail. Some said need pants for the willows I had zero problems with shorts. This route is tough but a very fun route and nice to have a different return route for other views. Highlight of the trip was seeing what I believe was a Pine Marten between Bierstadt and Sawtooth, it came right up to me, I posted a photo. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-08-30, By: Alpinefroggy
Info: Effectively nobody on the summit due to the road being closed. I had the summit to myself for 10 minutes. Very, very windy. On descent to Guanella Pass I had no trouble locating and staying on the small trail through the willows that gives access from the descent gully back to the Bierstadt trail. Very mucky in parts but fairly wide. No bushwachking necessary. That being said, long sleeves and pants are a must to make sure overhanging branches on the trail don't scratch you up. 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-08-16, By: SARAH342
Info: Hey all! Couple things my group wanted to share from today: 1. Glenwood Canyon smoke. Depending on the wind, it can definitely affect your hike up Bierstadt so just be cautious, made it difficult to breathe at times and had two peeps in my group's eyes watering. That being said, Bierstadt is pie and impossible to lose the trail. 2. the Sawtooth is loads of fun! multiple ways to go across. Low trail requires less class III moves, upper more. The pictures make it look scary and technical and it's not. There is some exposure, but definitely an easy Class III. Wear a helmet though just in case! 3. Evans has some false summits. Don't be a dumba** like me and try to go straight up what you think is the peak. It was exhausting and unfruitful. Take the low trail and wrap around the base of the summit until you can see the observatory buildings and paved road. The trail can be hard to follow at times so look out for Cairns. 4. Descending was...confusing at best. We could NOT find the trail coming down Evans to descend on the East slope. We wandered around as the GPS mysteriously showed that we were standing right on the trail that we still couldn't see? Best bet, cut ALL the way right on the way down which will bring you to the entrance chute descending the gully. That trail, thankfully, stuck out. 5. The gully sucks. It's steep, it's rocky, it's got scree, it lasts forever. There was ankle rolling and falling on pricker plants. Bring poles to help if you can, but be prepared to hate that section. 6. "The Willows" are overgrown, but easy to navigate. Not sure why they are notorious? Made us think of Peter Rabbit or Secret Garden. Oh yeah, some reoccurring squelchy mud sections that are not avoidable. Have fun! 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: CaptCO
Info: Sawtooth goes ridge direct at low 5, still took the ramp afterwards. Not sure if the last tooth connects toward west Evans or not at 5.2~ < Once descending Evans to the gulley, there is a very good water source running, and a little mud. Found a clear trail all the way back with minimal bushwhacking which was a nice surprise. Parking lot is filling at 4am 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: cdgibbons
Info: On the Sawtooth, took a cairned route pretty far around to the right of the gendarme, which included trail segments, grass, some 2+ boulders and one class 3 move. The ridge is wet in spots from the recent heavy rains; increases the care needed on exposed sections just a bit. As has been reported elsewhere, the mud on the return trail is pretty spectacular. I found the trail easy to follow (from above, in daylight), but it's full of deep mud in many places. Since losing the trail isn't an option, not much choice but to plow through- bring the right gear, expect to get very wet, and try not to sink too deep too often. Or come back in the winter. Agree with Naturekin's report on where the trail rejoins; in addition to the flagging, this spot is close to pole #2 of the large wooden poles on the Bierstadt trail. 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-07-24, By: Naturekin
Info: Having the Evans summit mostly to ourselves on a Thursday was magic! Willow whacking, even with spare teva sandals, in the morning was very wet and very cold. HOWEVER, we found a much better willow route on our way back down that avoided most swampage and was 90% solid trail the whole way. After you cross the creek, wait until after you pass the giant ~10 foot boulder on the left of the main Bierstadt trail. Then you'll see a stripped flagging attached to a bush with a faint trail. That's the one to go for. You will still get muddy though. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Summit Lake
Posted On: 2020-07-23, By: timkoh
Info: As the road to the summit is closed to all motor vehicles, a friend and I started from Echo Lake and biked up the 9 miles of road. Started at 7 am and reached Summit Lake at 9 am. We parked our bikes at the lot up there near Summit Lake and hiked up the ridge and around to Evans. Summitted around 11 am (we were so beat from the ride!). Peak and route is completely clear of snow. Easy route finding, nothing too terribly difficult, just keep walking At this point, biking is an absolute joy as there are no cars to worry about. Took us under 30 minutes to get down from Summit Lake back to Echo Lake. We were down by 2 pm after spending some time at the summit. Enjoy! 
 
Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-07-21, By: hikerjess
Info: 1/10 recommend this route. 1 for the gully not being so terrible, but the before and after is 0, very unpleasant. Left the parking lot at 4:15am to get a good start in order to do Evans, then Sawtooth, then Bierstadt. (We had already climbed Bierstadt before so we wanted to make sure we got to Evans before any weather). The willows are your first giant obstacle, and trust me when I say they are absolutely horrendous. There are numerous random trails you might find, but they soon disappear into more thick, 3-6ft tall willows. Very hard to navigate in the dark. It is also basically a giant swamp, too, with tons of mud and soggy grass. I definitely recommend bringing an extra pair of socks or really good water proof boots. The top of the gully loses the trail, so continue going SE up the ridge until you see the notch in the noted pictures. There is still a ways to go to Evans from there, so make sure you have enough time if you are planning on doing the combo. Coming up the backside of Bierstadt is a slog, but there are loads of cairns and its pretty straightforward. Stay lower along the towers to avoid class 4 moves. About a 12 hour day and we are in good hiking shape. All in all, I would avoid this way. Beautiful, but very humbling route to take. Safe hiking! 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-07-22, By: Carsonj20
Info: Camped Friday night in a “frowned upon” camping sight. Woke up at 2:45 and pounded two scoops of c4 then took off up Bierstadt. Took a kid that had never done a 14er from Wisconsin with us. Trail to top was good. Sawtooth was cash money and the gulley decent was cash money, swamp was god awful. Went home and got hammered. Good day. 
 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: NatDog
Info: Summer conditions for the entire route. We got an extremely early start at 0230 but it was worth it; we were the first party to summit Bierstadt and didn't encounter any other hikers until the descent from Evans. Plus the sunrise while descending from Bierstadt was beautiful. The descent down the gully (Scott Gomer Creek) was steep and loose in spots but manageable. Ankle deep mud was unavoidable in a few parts of the willows, but the trail was easy to follow. I wore gaiters to keep mud out of my trail runners but others got by without them. Shout out to a hiker name Matt who we met at Mt. Evans and who helped guide us down the gully and through the willows. Thanks man! 
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Route: West Ridge from Guanella Pass
Posted On: 2020-07-12, By: jordynmadsen
Info: After leaving the Bierstadt trail, it is wet and swampy a good majority of the trail until the gully starts. It isn't avoidable, your shoes will be muddy and wet, ankle deep. The mud almost swallowed my hiking boot whole. Through the willows, try to stay as close to the pines for your best odds of staying dry! The closer you are to the creek the more wet it is. 

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