Mt. Bierstadt  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-04-10, By: inatrance
Info: Started from Winter Trailhead around 11 a.m. Took trail cut through to avoid the switchbacks and shave some distance off the road portion. Used trail shoes until 13k and then put the microspikes on. Snowpack and footing were relatively solid with an occasional post hole which happened more frequently on the way down as the day warmed. Saw about 40 people out there, most had poles and microspikes. Finished at 3 p.m. 
6
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-04-08, By: cmk550
Info: From winter trailhead, some shortcuts to switchbacks to cut mileage off winter road. Once off road, trail snow-packed to ~12.5k ft but you'll posthole if you step off trail. Above 12k ft, snow is wind-packed. Spikes only, no need for snowshoes. Only a few spots without snow. Our day had medium winds and clouds until 11am, sunny thereafter. 
1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-04-06, By: fluxxy
Info: Trail is packed. Made it fine with just spikes early morning to midday. Only postholed when I went off the well beaten path, following others tracks through the willows. There's some shortcuts through the switchbacks on the road that helped cut down that 2 miles from winter parking. 
6 1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-04-03, By: jakethesnake_630
Info: Bierstadt ski descent is IN, however there is a little routefinding to be done to connect all of the snowfields. Given the warm temps I am guessing only a few days remain to ski this until another storm. Apologies, I took almost no photos. The whole way up I was questioning whether there would be enough snow, but there is Hopefully this is helpful. 
4
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-04-02, By: Jay521
Info: Good packed down route all the way. Snowshoes not necessary but helpful on the way down as the warm day softened the snow. 
6 3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-03-29, By: OG_hokie
Info: Skinned up at 645ish sat morning. I stayed a bit left of the summer trailhead checking out the descent and kept skins on till about 13900, that last saddle before the summit scramble. On the descent I had to hike down to13700 and was able to enjoy the ride down to the middle of the meadows. Had to skin from here to the road but then split the road back to the car! 
3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-03-28, By: virtualelephant5489
Info: summited. must use snowshoes. only a few sections with limited post-holing as long as you stay on the path. saw a few backcountry snowboarders. sunny clear skies. beauitful hike. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-03-20, By: soccern23ny
Info: Snow on road mostly packed, no traction or flotation needed. Snow from summer trailhead to summit almost entirely needing snowshoes or flotation. Not a skier but you can probably ski from summit to parking lot. Willows very difficult at times in the afternoon. Even with snowshoes I was post holing waist deep in spots even in the trenched out areas. 
2
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-03-07, By: soundchaser2112
Info: Trail was well packed, snowshoes not necessary, I just wore spikes the whole time. Started at 5am and ended at noon. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-03-06, By: joemcglinchy
Info: Snow was variable til roughly 13k feet, we kept snowshoes on til then. More help than hurt. Switched to spikes for the rest of the way up. Way down could have done without spikes as the slide steps are now in your favor for the descent. Not too slushy either even with the warm temps and sunny day. 
7 2
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-03-02, By: cougar
Info: Main path and road is well packed, the road shortcuts are a bit choppy, but the first one was pretty solid. The second one, below the last switcback to the summer trailhead, leads through the willows towards Mt Evans, and doesn't split off to the main Bierstadt trail. It is also deteriorating, as I postholed a few times in the willows before getting to the Bierstadt trail. The willows are holding all the snow. So it's best to follow the road and summer route after the first winter shortcut. No snowshoes needed, spikes were helpful, firm snow on the main trail. Perfect weather. Toilets at summer trailhead looked open. Evans looked drier than Bierstadt, I didn't look at all the details of the Sawtooth, don't seem to have pics. The ramp at least looked dry, as did most of Evans itself, along with Gray Wolf and Rosalie. Square Top looked snowier. 
6 1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-02-23, By: askwjs
Info: Road was packed but we wore snowshoes to refresh trench through the trees at the 2nd switchback. Ended up wearing snowshoes up to the about 12,300 and stashed them there. They were beneficial, on the way down especially, since the late morning sun started to soften the snow and the trench through the willows had some postholes in it from those who came behind us. The approach to the ridge was wind blown and had a faint track between cairns. Given the winds, wouldn't be surprised if much of the trail was covered up again in this area. The final pitch was easy to follow and the snow was hard enough that there was no postholing but some kick stepping. Spikes were beneficial for descent to where we left our snowshoes but not necessarily needed for the ascent, depending on your comfort level/boots. The east side of the Sawtooth ridge looked snow loaded and a bit precarious, in my opinion. Would not recommend traversing those snowfields from what I could see 
5 1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-02-20, By: shapovalovm
Info: The road and trail are packed and easy to navigate all the way to the summit. I did not see the 2nd switchback shortcut. so just continued on the road. Brought snowshoes, but never used them. Used microspikes on the way back to be able to descend faster. It was windy between 12000' and all the way to the ridge. Surprisingly, almost no wind on the ridge or the summit. Parking/road: arrived at around 7:30, saw 3 other cars in the lot. Coming back at around 1:15pm, the lot was full and cars were parking along the road. The road is in good condition, made to the TH in Accord with summer tires with no issues. 
4 1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-02-01, By: dmweinstein
Info: Hiked the West Slopes today. It is totally packed snow the entire way. Didn't even use micro-spikes. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-29, By: Dayute
Info: Very nice day out there. No flotation necessary, didn't even bother putting spikes on. Snow well packed through the willows. Few people out, had the summit to myself. Winds even stayed mellow all day. 
1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-29, By: codyli34
Info: Summitted on Thursday 1/28. Road to the road closure was clear by the afternoon. No flotation used. Poles used and spikes worn on the descent. Summit and latter half of ascent was extremely windy. Trail was easy to follow. If anyone finds a Hillsound microspikes bag or a black scarf please let me know. My backpack decided to pop open without me noticing. Safe travels! 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-22, By: SnowJunkie
Info: I used microspikes the whole time with no need for snowshoes. It's packed and solid making for easy winter travel. 
2
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-18, By: wineguy
Info: A nice bootpack most of the way, spikes were all I needed. A little post-holing, but not enough to justify snowshoes. Gaiters were helpful. Cold and a little windy above 12,000', but relatively quiet on the summit. Stopped by Bierstadt on the way to ski Copper Mountain. Bad year for skiing, but good for climbing, only my second snowflake. 
2
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-18, By: Jonathan Deffenbaugh
Info: Nice trench to the summit, no snowshoes were required, just microspikes. Can't speak for Monday's weather though. 
15
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-11, By: geojed
Info: Solid packed snow trench to the summit. Definitely recommend micro spikes. 
2

Return to the main Peak Conditions page



© 2021 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.