It was quite overwhelming to be honest, when we reached Mt. This was HARD. Once we reached the saddle, we faced our next obstacle. Yes, there is mud & it got half way up my low cut hiking shoe - big deal. If you plan to summit Mt. Bierstadt to Mt. Completed the entire hike in 6:30, from 7:15 am to 1:45 pm. Bierstadt about 15 min. My feet and knees were wrecked descending this. Conquer two of Colorado's most well known 14ers. 14ers.com Route Descriptions for Evans and Bierstadt. Bierstadt. Some really nice people offered to take our photo and even lent us their summit sign. In fact, it boasts the highest paved road in America. Trekking poles would have come in handy at the gully. We picked our way slowly and carefully down the chute through the dirt and scree. Incredible view though - something out of a fantasy. Some packed snow coming up bierstadt, brought spikes but didn’t need them. Evans in honor of John Evans, the second governor of the Colorado Territory from 1862 to 1865. While the scree was annoying, bouldering was a rather fun challenge. Made it to Mt Evans at 12:30pm. Hell no you couldn't pay us. Bierstadt, "West Evans", and Mt. Photo by Brent D. Mount Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s most popular, and easiest fourteeners. We looked back at Bierstadt, the Sawtooth, and the Gully and smiled at our accomplishment. We found out later in the news that a women was having respiratory issues near the summit of Bierstadt. Evans via Sawtooth. For those that are not familiar, Mt. This is a 11.5 mile loop hike with 4100 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 7-10 hours to complete. This part of the trail starts out a pretty easy class-2 descent on solid talus with little exposure, but be sure to stay high as random cairns will take you down towards Abyss Lake. Evans and the slow going down the steep gully and mud filled willows. Don’t be fooled towards the end - it looks like the Crestone House sits on the summit but that’s where the parking lot is for Mt. After this, we were home free on a wide open field. Relatively dry. Bierstadt is a true fourteener, with a beautiful trailhead and a quiet summit, while Mt. The path led us now into the dreaded willows. We donned our helmets and proceeded with our next task of down climbing the steep incline towards the saddle. Walking through the willows feels like trying to navigate a haunted forest. Evans loop via Sawtooth ridge. Hated every bit of it. I pulled the route description off of 14ers.com (A great resource if you want to climb a… The closure is at the intersection with Naylor Lake Road. We came from just above the snow drift. After leaving the Sawtooth behind, follow the obvious trial to the Mount Evans summit. The road, two 14,000 foot peaks (14,264' Mt. Evans Wilderness and Denver to the NE. Bierstadt and Mt. Mount Evans is higher than Mount Bierstadt. We had previously placed waypoints into our GPS that led us right to the gully. Bierstadt), and the close proximity to Denver have contributed to very heavy use. Saw some mountain goats too ;). Climbing Mt. Yes we expected it to be long and in no way easy, but summiting it was very slow going due to the seemingly endless scrambling, and again made more difficult with easy to miss cairns, and with multiple routes of cairns to confuse things further. Climbing Mt. Getting over the mental hurdle is by far the most challenging, and probably the biggest risk to one’s safety. Bierstadt (4285 m) will level off with a panoramic view of the Colorado Front Range and Mount Evans to the east. Mount Evans Wilderness is located approximately 40 miles west of Denver, Colorado. This route hits two more 14,000 ft. “peaks” before hitting the main Evan’s summit. Bierstadt (14,060ft) Mount Evans Wilderness Pike National Forest. Bierstadt - See 2,534 traveler reviews, 1,789 candid photos, and great deals for Denver, CO, at Tripadvisor. The descent down and the traverse of The Sawtooth was slow going and difficult, more so because of not knowing the best routes to go due to easy to miss cairns (and not many of them). Outside of Mt Evans, there are several other hikes in the area (Square Top Mountain, Gray Wolf Mountain etc.) We finally reached the valley, and proceeded onto nice trail for a brief reprieve. The Mt. With the road being closed there were zero people up there, besides a couple cyclists. Bierstadt (Beer-stat) rises 14,060' above sea-level, and is a very fun hike to do. Things were right again in our hiking world. Hiked on a Monday and arrived at trailhead parking lot at 7:00 and was already full so get there early. No issues ascending, just east of Guanella Pass road to reach this trailhead in winter. Evans ( after quite a bit more later reached the valley a gorgeous waterfall splashed valley! 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