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14er hike: Mt. Bierstadt

Ever hike a 14er? Me neither! So this is apparently a good one to start.

Meetup Location: Just wanted to make sure no one get lost. We'll meet at the Park and Ride off Exit 259. Here is a map.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's meet at the Park and Ride off of the Morrison Exit. Here: https://plus.google.com/106939058106236374688/about?gl=us&hl=en

It's the parking lot to the right when you get on the exit (going West on 70). Exit 259. Don't drive all the way to Red Rocks or Morrison. We're meeting right off the exit.

We'll meet there and car pool up to the trailhead.

Directions to the Trailhead:
From the north: Take the Georgetown exit off of Interstate 70. Drive through Georgetown and follow the signs for the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway. Drive 12 miles to the top of Guanella Pass (11,700’) and park in one of the two large, paved parking areas on either side of the road. The Bierstadt trail starts near the parking area on the east side of the road. The upper parking area (on the west side of the pass) has restrooms.
From the south: Take US 285 west from Denver or east from Fairplay. Drive to the town of Grant which is about 12 miles west of Bailey. In Grant, turn north on the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway and drive approx. 13 miles to Guanella Pass.

Route:

Hike east down the Bierstadt Trail. There are wooden bridges that have been built recently so you don't have to walk through all of the muddy sections. The trail weaves through the willows and crosses Scott Gomer Creek after over 1/2 mile. The trail has been improved over the past few years, so ignore the warnings that some guidebooks give about the willows. After crossing the stream, hike about 1/4 mile through the willows on the excellent trail. At 11,800', the trail begins to climb up a shoulder. You are out of the willows and the trail switchbacks to approximately 12,300' on the north end of the shoulder. The remaining route is now visible.

The trail goes left (northeast) and then curves around to the right (south) toward the slope ahead. Gradually gain elevation as you continue south up the shoulder. Reach the base of the steeper slope near 13,000' and follow the trail as it climbs south and then southeast. The terrain on the slope is a bit more rugged and covered with boulders. If there is snow, you may have to make your own trail - just aim for the ridge above (southeast). Do not stray into the steeper terrain to your left (below the summit). Photo #8 looks down on the route from 13,300'. Reach the top of the ridge at nearly 13,800'.

The summit isn't visible from here but it's only another 250' of elevation gain. Photo #9 shows the final pitch. Turn left, cross the remainder of the ridge, and begin your climb up through the boulders. This final pitch has some trail sections when free of snow. Keep climbing until the terrain levels out and stroll a bit further to the summit

http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=bier1&peak=Mt.+Bierstadt

Side note: I've never done a 14er, so I'm estimating meeting in Morrison at 4:30am is enough time (not sure if it's too early or late). If someone is more experienced and has some advice on the time, that'd be great!

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  • Jason

    Thanks for coming everyone. Was 20 mins out before I realized I left my phone (I blame sleep deprivation and excitement). Look forward to more hiking adventures! Please share your pics on this site, private email, or Facebook!

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate to skip out, but my guest and I woke up oacked and ready to go and decided that we are not prepared enough for this because we both work tonight snd only got 3 hours of sleep tonight. Sorry! I really want ro meet everyone, so see you soon.

    August 10, 2013

    • Jason

      No problem! See you at the next one!

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad I went

    August 10, 2013

  • Ashlie f.

    We are leaving hope everyone is here! We will be to the parking lot at guanella pass around six

    August 10, 2013

  • Ashlie f.

    Hello everyone! Jason forgot his phone you call me at[masked] if you need anything

    August 10, 2013

  • Jason

    One last note before we conquer the mountain! Look forward to meeting you all. Don't forget to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, camera, snacks, and layers (long sleeve, sun glasses, rain jacket, hat and gloves). Some people print out a sign that says the elevation and mountain too. After the hike, we'll head to Woody's in Golden, although others may go to Blues & Brews on South Pearl. I'll see you all bright and early at the Park and Ride! My cell is[masked] if you're lost!

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in going to Blues & Brews on South Pearl after cleaning up?

    August 9, 2013

    • Louis

      No reason not to.

      August 9, 2013

    • Jason

      We were looking at Woody's in golden. But obviously people can go wherever. :)

      August 9, 2013

  • Nikki C.

    Just wanted to share this note from my friend who is a seasoned hiker...also poles not needed unless they fold up as you will be shuffling on boulders at the top.

    Friend suggestion...
    I normally layer. I where shorts and tee shirt. I always bring long pants that you may need to start hike with. Long sleeve shirt. Rain coat. Hat and gloves for top... You may not need them but can be cold and windy on too depending on weather. Only bring what you can fit on cambleback. No need for extra crap! Bring a sandwich or something to eat at the top. I'm always hungry! Sunglasses and sunscreen and Chapstick!!

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Perla

      Hi Nikki, thank you for such a wonderful information. It is exactly what I need. I wondered how many water bottles do I need to bring it with me since I don't have any fancy camelbak with hydration on so I am planning bring some water bottles with me.

      August 9, 2013

    • Nikki C.

      At least one nalgene bottle

      August 9, 2013

  • Jason

    Looks like we'll miss the rain since we're going early! http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/weather.php#

    August 9, 2013

    • Perla

      Hi Jason, I am new to this group and I am excited to meet everyone. Just have a quick thought. I don't have any fancy camelbak with hydration and would like to bring some water bottles with me. Do you think it is good idea to bring 2 or 3 water bottles for hiking?

      August 9, 2013

    • Perla

      By the way, are we still meeting at the Park and Ride off of the Morrison Exit?

      August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am staying in GeorgeTown Friday night and would like to meet you all Guanella Pass instead of in Morrison. If that is alright? What time do you think the group would arrive in one of the two paved parking lots?

    August 7, 2013

    • Jason

      The directions are above in the text. It's the Guanella Pass.

      August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be meet you guys at Guanella pass along with my friend at 6. How do I recognize you guys?

      August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait for my first 14er! Should be quite the adventure. I will be meeting at the lot at 4:45 am so expect to see me and another.

    August 9, 2013

  • Nikki C.

    First 14er! Excited!

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Jason

    Let's meet off Exit 259 at the Park and Ride to the right. I uploaded a map image. Call or text if you're lost. [masked]

    August 5, 2013

    • Jason

      Probably be back down the mountain by 3 at the latest.

      August 9, 2013

    • Nikki C.

      Sounds good Jason...I think I'll join! Look forward to meeting everyone!

      August 9, 2013

  • Perla

    I have never hike i 14ers and will be my first 14ers hiking experience.
    I am very excited but not sure what exactly that I need to bring. Any advise?

    August 8, 2013

  • Ariel B.

    Is anyone else coming from the Glendale area and would like to carpool to the meet up point?

    August 8, 2013

    • Ariel B.

      that would be great! my email address is [masked]. If you email me I will gi ve you my phone #, but I don't want to post it on here.

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In my opinion, 4:30 am is way too early, this is a relatively easy 14er.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait! If anyone else is a runner, I plan to run down like a maniac.

    1 · August 4, 2013

    • Jason

      Make sure you print a sign with the elevation!

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking for adventure

    August 5, 2013

  • Jason

    Following the hike, we'll plan to do drinks/food at Woody's. http://woodysgolden.com/

    August 1, 2013

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