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Mount Bierstadt #711 - 7 members in 15 triplogs have rated this an average 4.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 10 2022
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2022
azdesertfather
Hiking7.40 Miles 2,749 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   1.70 mph
2,749 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Michelle and I did our first 14er. Started at sunrise, first half nearly in the clouds, then it started burning off. At top maybe 10 minutes then headed down.
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Jul 13 2022
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45 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2022
PrestonSands
Hiking7.40 Miles 2,668 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.22 mph
2,668 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Started from a mostly full trailhead at 6:30 am, while the sun was still low on the horizon, hidden behind a giant mass of mountains and ridges. Frost covered the grass in the morning chill. A cow and baby moose galloped through the willows not too far away, while a bull moose stood motionless in the distance. Lots of friendly hikers trudging up the tundra slopes with me but it was never what I would call crowded. Only one snow drift on the trail, at the foot of the bouldered summit cone, but easily avoided. Made the summit in a little under 2 hours. Clear skies, distant views, and a close up marmot sighting. Heading down, a mountain goat was casually hiking up the trail right behind a couple of hikers, pretty funny to see. Back on the flats, lots of hikers were starting their summit attempts, while clouds were starting to billow above. Overall a pretty easy hike, despite asthma giving me hell. Spent the rest of the day exploring the Clear Creek Canyon corridor. Beautiful area.
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Jul 20 2021
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33 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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Hiking8.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   1.68 mph
2,600 ft AEG
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Sep 05 2018
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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DixieFlyer
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.10 mph
2,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
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This was the first 14er for Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and me. Actually we had intended to hike Mount Sherman first, but when we got to the Iowa Gulch TH for Sherman, it was 32 degrees, snowing like crazy, and the wind was blowing like it was no tomorrow. As a result, we decided to leave and drive about 1.5 hours north and check out Mount Bierstadt (14,060'). It turned out to be a good call because it was clear with no snow at all on Mount Bierstadt.

We started and ended the hike at the Guanella Pass TH. The TH is easy to get to -- the road is paved and the TH parking lot is even paved.

We did four 14ers over 4 days, and I would say that Bierstadt is the least difficult of the four (the others were Sherman, Quandary, and Elbert).

The TH is at about 11,650', and the initial part of the hike is on a nice trail through an open meadow. Although as you get closer to the summit, you are walking on rocks. There were not many people on the trail, and at the summit there were 3 other people. On the way back, we saw 3 mountain goats not too far below the summit. The goats were not at all concerned with us -- we got within 25-30 feet of them.

If you are looking to do a 14er, this is a good one to start off with.
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Aug 19 2017
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41 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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Booneman
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,827 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   1.96 mph
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Picked the perfect day to hike Mount Bierstadt, and so did everyone else in Denver it seemed like. I've heard the trails were getting crowded in the front range, but had no idea I would be part of the pilgrimage to the summit of this 14er. Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic hike, just wasn't ready for crying babies and countless dogs running loose off leash all over the hillside.
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Aug 18 2017
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57 male
 Joined Oct 04 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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jkgs4
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.33 mph
2,600 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Hit the trail before sunup and found frost everywhere. My daughter got carsick coming up Guanella pass so she had a rough start. Kept a slow but steady pace with my wife who was on her 1st 14er attempt along with my daughter. We had acclimated in Boulder for almost a week. Eventually made it to the ridge and started up the boulder section. After a while, we made the summit and enjoyed the view for a while before heading back down. No altitude sickness for any of us and a first 14er for my wife and daughter.
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Jul 21 2016
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76 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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rvcarter
Hiking3.10 Miles 2,643 AEG
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The three of us picked a great blue bird day to summit Mount Bierstadt. We took the day off from the beginning segments of the Colorado Trail to do this, but got a relatively late start. The trail is good and our rate of progress was respectable, even though we had not acclimatized much to this elevation and had only three days of hiking at 8,000-10,000 feet under our belt. One person experienced headaches at about 13,500 feet and had to turn around. The West Slopes approach is the easiest way to summit Bierstadt, but surprisingly the trail didn't feel overly crowded. The views from the top on this very clear day were outstanding and the Sawtooth Ridge leading over to Mount Evans was properly frightening. It doesn't look possible to get across it. We saw a Ptarmigan with 5 chicks along the upper trail coming down. Marmots are all over. If you're just getting into 14ers, this is a good one to start on. The road in is great, the free parking lot is huge, and the scenery from top to bottom is fantastic. Great day in the Colorado Rockies.

Check out the description I just posted (if Joe allows it) for more details.
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Sep 03 2014
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37 male
 Joined Jan 03 2011
 chandler, Az
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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DBmooner
Hiking6.90 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.43 mph
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This hike should have been an easy fun hike but that couldn't be farther from the truth. I have hike in rain, snow , and hail and have never had my resolve tested this much before. First off if you end up like me and have to park a quarter mile from the trail head don't take the trail that cuts through the willows to the main trail I made it 400 feet before I stepped on what looked like solid ground but was really grass growing over a knee deep soup of water mud and plant growth :yuck: .I quickly hike back to the road and walk to the trail head . The weather at the trail head was 48 degress with 40mph winds ,should have been an indicator of what was to come. About 200 feet befor you hit the ridge the snow and ice patches started they were easyaly avoided but this is also were the temps dropped into the 30's and the winds were gusting close to 70 mph. After being knocked to the ground 3 times in about 40 feet I decided to hide behind a couple boulders to try and get the feeling back in my arms and legs and didn't help just seamed to make me colder and the wind was unrelenting . after about 10 mins I finally got the whill to go for the final push for the summit . every time the wind picked up I had to lean up against the rocks cause I was scared the wind would blow me off the mountain . I was 50 vertical feet from the summit when I ran into my buddy who gotten ahead of me and he informed me that the summit was close and empty so I hurried up to the top were there were only 2 other people and they were headed down so I had them take a picuter of me and all 3 of us headed down together. I was so glade to bag this one after weather shutting me out last year it felt good to finally get this one done even tho I am now sick as a dog because of it.
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Jun 21 2014
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29 male
 Joined Oct 13 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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Hiking7.00 Miles 2,850 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   3.00 mph
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Nov 09 2013
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37 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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Dennyforreal
Hiking8.98 Miles 3,036 AEG
Hiking8.98 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.71 mph
3,036 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Jul 28 2013
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44 female
 Joined Oct 13 2007
 Loveland, CO
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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Hiking6.20 Miles 2,643 AEG
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Busy, but beautiful. Socked in at the start, clouds lifted for a few hours, great day.
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Aug 05 2012
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60 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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BobP
Hiking14.50 Miles 6,400 AEG
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This was my second time ascending Bierstadt
We went really fast and I had the summit all to myself. We then descended and headed over to Evans via the gully to the right of Spaulding. The area is super cool. We were able to descend before the storm rolled in. At the end, we saw a moose. :y: fun hike with Nick.
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Aug 05 2012
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47 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
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Hiking14.50 Miles 6,400 AEG
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we decided last minute to hike bierstadt and evans. i'm glad we did cause bierstadt may have been my favorite of the trip..just outstanding views and scenery. fun scramble up to the summit too. i was dying a bit then looked at my gps on the summit and realized we went pretty pumpkin fast.

we decided to go down and try Evans via the gulley. i'm glad we did cause the little basin at the foot of the gulley and creek is a wonderland. waterfalls, creeks, greenery. i loved it. the climb up the gulley was pumpkin steep but we cranked it out pretty well. the summit of evans was crowded but the views were breath taking - especially back at bierstadt. storms were moving in so we hit it.

of all things near the end of the hike, we saw a moose!!

what an incredible quick trip to colorado. i got to climb 7 14ers in 2 days. thanks a million for the invite bob.
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Jul 18 2012
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40 female
 Joined Mar 01 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans, CO 
Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans, CO
 
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juliachaos
Hiking11.00 Miles 4,475 AEG
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This trip will be one I remember for a very long time.

Scott had never done a 14er. He's been involved in many other outdoor pursuits, including climbing, mountain biking, and wildland firefighter, so I knew he could handle the Sawtooth Traverse to Mt Evans, via Bierstadt. Unfortunately, when we showed up at the trailhead, it was blocked off by the sheriff, for SAR use. Apparently, a man had gone missing up on the Sawtooth the previous day, and no one had heard from him since 10:30 that morning when he called his wife from the Bierstadt summit.

We parked in another lot and started up the trail, not really making great time. We got to the top and conversed briefly with others arriving around the same time, while watching Blackhawks circle the area in search of the missing man. Scott and I decided to get a move on, after hearing that a 75 year old woman was celebrating her birthday with friends, by traversing the Sawtooth as well. We needed to meet her! After descending a short while, we were joined by another girl who was hiking solo, but felt safer doing that portion with others. Scott played around on the Sawtooth itself, while I followed the cairned route. We caught up with the 75 year old woman after the route moved to the west side -- where all the shifty scree and short ledges were. We congratulated her on her progress (and btw she didn't look a day over 45 or 50!) and continued on, eventually meeting them again at the top when we all took a break to look over the frightening-looking section we'd just accomplished.

We then wandered up to the top of the Sawtooth summit and then came down slightly lower for snacks and hydration. A Blackhawk then landed next to us and dropped off two Alpine Rescuers. We asked them for more information about the missing man, in hopes that we might find something useful. They then took off and we headed up to Evans. At the summit, I conversed for quite a while with a man who had hiked Bierstadt and actually talked with the missing man, but had declined his invitation of traversing the section beyond. We found a ranger and the man gave him any information he may find useful, including pictures he'd taken from the summit. Scott and I then went on our way, slowly making the trek across the Evans ridge before dropping down into the marshy area below all the peaks.

Finally at the trailhead again, we spoke with the same Alpine Rescuers we'd seen before. They informed us that half an hour after speaking with us, they had finally located the body of the missing man. He had fallen from an area at the end of the Sawtooth, so was difficult to see. We were very sad to learn this, as he was newly-wed and new to the area. I guess as everyone says, at least he was doing something he loved.

We went back to the Jeep, happy and sad, but mostly happy... and very worn out and hungry. Stopped at a cute Italian cafe in Georgetown (Troia's) for excellent food and beautiful live guitar and violin music. We ended the night on a peaceful note.
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Jul 22 2007
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45 male
 Joined May 01 2002
 Denver, CO
Mount Bierstadt #711Central, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2007
MtnGeek
Hiking3.10 Miles 2,643 AEG
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Decided to brave an ever so crowed 14er on a weekend. On the summit I counted 50 people and there were many more coming. Decided overly crowded peaks are not my thing and I will be staying with the lonely 13ers.
9th 14er.
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