Mt. Bierstadt

Mt.Bierstadt Mt.Bierstadt

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  • Altitude: 14,060 feet
  • Location: Front Range
  • Rank: 38th highest
  • Trail Length: 7 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
  • Summited August 10th, 2006

Ascent

Mt. Bierstadt is defintely the easiest 14er, or any other mountain, that I've ever climbed. Because of a terrible storm the night before, I was worried we wouldn't be able to climb it, but the day turned out perfect. We started up the trail at 7:15am and were sitting at the top by 9:00! The first mile was a leisurely walk through small willows. The next 2.5 miles to the top was steeper since we needed to gain the elevation sometime, but it really wasn't too challenging. I think part of the reason this climb was relatively easy was because we had hiked above 13,000 feet several times earlier in the wee so we were extremely well aclimated. Since we reached the summit so early, my brother and I decided to attempt Mount Evans, a neighboring 14er that is connected to Bierstadt by a ridge called the Sawtooth. We started down across the Sawtooth, and found the trail to be very steep and jagged. We descended a couple hundred feet, but then decided to turn back since the loose rock made the ridge very slow going and we didn't want to get caught in a storm on a dangerous ridge like the Sawtooth. We met back up with my parents at the summit of Bierstadt and then made our way back down to the trailhead.

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