Mt. Bierstadt  
Condition Updates  
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-10-10, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Dry, unchanged from last week. Windy near the summit but not bad. Staying to the right of the ridge protects from the wind during traverse, riding the ridge exposes you to it (again not bad, and I never wore a jacket, running t-shirt all day). Original plan was to do both ridges, but we saw Evans road closure signs (and checked the road site too which said closed as well). 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-10, By: salmanalsaif
Info: We planned on doing the Tour d'Abyss loop (one of my favorites) Friday morning but we didn't realize Mt Evans Rd is CLOSED. The closure is COVID related (never occurred to me to check at this time of year, and it explains why there are no recent reports on the east ridge). Huge bummer. Ended up doing Bierstadt/Sawtooth (dry, windy near the summit, the usual). 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-10-03, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Friday, trail 99.999% dry and summer conditions but no need for traction (a few spots with snow when first descending Bierstadt). Did not need gaiters in the willows as the mud was easily available, didn't get hit (pants were mud free). Regular Bierstadt winds near/at the summit (forecast said 15/30 mph winds/gusts), not bad, and as usual wind mostly dies down after Bierstadt. Smoke clouds of course but oh well. Just Sawtooth (-Evans). Approximate times if it matters: started at 8am, summitted before 10, got off the ridge around 1130, made it to the willows around 1220, and back to the car around 1315. 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: Gzaharatos82
Info: Arrived at 5:20am and parked on the road. Lots full, cars everywhere. Summited Bierdstat in 2 hours. Too many people so left immediately for the sawtooth. No snow patches of any consequence anywhere. Gulley route down evans was pretty miserable. Steep and loose. Glad I won't be doing that one again. Started to snow ... Little microburst or two while I was heading down the gulley. Doubt anything stuck up top. Sawtooth was fun. Didn't have any issues staying on course. Coming down the upper part of Evans just above the gulley was tough route finding. Without gps I would've been wandering around for a while. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: kciamaic1
Info: Some small patches of snow, but mostly dry. The descent to sawtooth ridge has the most snow, but easy skipped by staying on rocks. 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: thebeave7
Info: A few patches of snow on the sawtooth, all are easily avoided. Snow on the East face blocks some of the standard lines, so choose your route carefully. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: Gweilo climber
Info: Perfect day for a climb. 32 at the base at 6.45. Lower lot full and plenty of people on the mountain. The first sign of snow on the trail was above 12,500. All in all there were maybe 4 patches of snow/ice on the trail and only several yards long. By tomorrow all snow on the trail will be gone. Temps at the summit were t-shirt weather with wind 5-10 mph Best weather for s climbing 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: techno_pig
Info: Trailhead was crowded at 7:15 AM; lower slopes/valley was dry and clear. Upper slopes were snowy/icy and slick - wish I had some sort of traction device. Class 2 scramble to the summit and actual summit were fairly dry; snow/ice didn't really pose an issue there. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-15, By: GoofyBlonde
Info: Summited on 9/12/20. There was definitely snow, starting at around 12,000 or so, but only a few inches in most places. The trail above 12,000 was pretty snow packed when we started our ascent in the morning and by the afternoon when we descended it was starting to melt/turn to slush. We did use microspikes and trekking poles, and I would guess that it will be fairly clear- though muddy- by now. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-11, By: Cruiser
Info: Trail to 12k was mostly snow free tho definitely muddy in spots. From 12k to the summit was continuous snow. I used microspikes once I hit the snow and was glad to have them. Gaiters were also nice. Very breezy while I was up top around 1pm with quite a lot of blowing snow but it appeared to clear up a bit as I descended which should help to melt some more of the snow. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-07, By: sfedossov
Info: SUPER busy; showed up at 05:30am and the parking lot was already full at that point (everyone must've been trying to get one last hike in before the cold snap tomorrow, on top of the holiday). Trail was packed but wasn't a big deal to me personally. Route was dry and very windy/dusty at points; warmed up nicely throughout the day. Also air quality was pretty hazy, had me hacking up a lung for hours after the hike. 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: gatorquest
Info: Lost a white iPhone just before entering the gully descending Evans. Please be on the lookout if you're heading that way - there's lots of beer coming your way if you manage to find it! Have a year's worth of photos including lots of summits that I just lost  
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-04, By: BROWNIE1037
Info: Good, brisk day. The cold front, rolling in, was definitely noticeable. Packed gloves, knit hat and extra layers. Started the hike at 6.45 AM and summited at around 8.30 AM. Took a colleague up his first 14er :-) The summit was extremely windy, but found some shield off to the east side of the mountain. With the additional winter gear, we were able to stay up on the summit for a quick snack Back at the car by 10.45 AM. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-17, By: narahari
Info: Beautiful day to hike - no wind at all and there was zero snow the whole trail. This is by far the best conditions I ever hiked Bierstadt in a long time. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-31, By: JephgonnaSteph
Info: Part of the trail above 13k was wet. The entire population of Colorado was there! 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-31, By: pgerskovich
Info: The trail was dry. Any mud could be walked around. The parking lot was full before 6:30. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-31, By: pgerskovich
Info: Beware of traffic tickets if you park on the road at Guanella Pass. Today there were over 30 cars ticketed that were parked on the road. I talked to the deputy who was doing the ticketing. They were ticketed if any portion of their car was on the road (even an inch). I learned that the local county has been doing this for years. (It is a big money generator for Clear Creek County). I also learned that the Sheriff has been giving out that many tickets almost every day this summer. There are no signs to warn you not to do this. (This is really surprising since so much of Georgetown's revenue comes from hikers, I am surprised they want to scare them away) 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: cdgibbons
Info: Quite wet, even on the very good trail. Waterproof boots recommended even if Bierstadt is your only objective. Predictably busy; wear a mask. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-20, By: loomermj13
Info: Arrived at 5:45am on Monday. Got a spot in the parking lot fairly easily. Wasn't too busy on the way up, only saw a handful of people. Summitted around 8:30am, with maybe 15 people on the summit. Way down was BUSY, passed probably close to a hundred people. Glad we did this early on a weekday. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-14, By: cmwolper
Info: Arrived at Guanella Pass at 6:30 a.m. Parking lots were full, and folks were parking on the road already. Hit the trail at 6:40 a.m. Walked 30-minute miles for the first three miles, but the last .75 or so (I know the resources say 3.62 miles, but our GPS said 3.8 or so both ways) took nearly an hour. There were a lot of people on the trail. Summited around 9:10 a.m. Stayed at the top for 20 minutes. It was crowded - probably at ~30 people on the summit the entire time. Wind picked up and it started to rain a bit, so we decided to head down. On the way down the ridge, a woman had fallen and broken her nose and her hand/wrist. She was bleeding quite a bit. He companion was able to call 911. We helped clean and patch her up before continuing our descent. Ran into the medics on the way out. Hopefully, she's okay. Be careful on the rocks, and carry a first aid kit! 

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