Enlarge image to see text on right. ... Bottom line: 6 miles RT with 2400' gain, making this one of the "easier" Colorado 14ers.
[Enlarged map will appear shortly.] .. 14ers.com is an amazing and essential resource - http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=bier1&peak=Mt.+Bierstadt ... Click the photo in the link to see the entire route laid out.
6:30 Tuesday morning: Claire & Bill meet up at the Georgetown Visitor Center, just off I-70.
Parking at Guanella Pass - Mt Evans in rear, left of center; Bierstadt Pk on right.
Starts out without much gain, thus making for more gain later.
Heading out at 7:15. .. The jagged section left of Bierstsdt is The Sawtooth - a gnarly ridge that would allow one to also climb Evans, also a 14er. ... We'll pass to the right of the small lake ahead.
The once "infamous" willow patch is now handily crossed - and with dry boots too.
A cloudy day.
Looking back after crossing Scott Gomer Creek.
View to south - clouds with excess moisture moving in.
Summit ahead - but not at all near yet.
Well, the summit used to be there.
View back west.
A Happy Camper - NO, a Happy Mountaineer!
Excellent trail - thanks to the efforts of the Colorado 14er Initiative (CFI) people.
Link here: http://www.14ers.com/cfi.php
See the rainbow!
This would be kind of awful without a trail.
We did experience some slight rainfall - but mostly it was getting pretty windy.
Summit yonder, but actual summit is farther back than can be seen here.
Claire with blue outer jacket now.
Telephoto - Claire will wait as I go for the very windy summit. .. Note: she had already climbed two 14ers in the past two days: Pikes Pk on Sunday and Huron Pk on Monday (yesterday).
Lots of rock cairns to mark the "trail."
The summit ahead at last.
9:50 am - Colorado Mtn Club summit register. .. One could barely stand up due to the wind. .. The summit would normally have many people on it at once.
View down long east ridge.
View west, back to our trailhead.