For this reason, we were hesitant to climb the standard routes on these two peaks in fear of hundreds of people. I took the high route on the sawtooth, it was challenging but doable. Colorado currently has no 14,000-foot peaks named after a … Lots of sheep in the parking lot of Evans as the road up was closed. The willows was a breeze. Seen below are photos of the willows and the chopper (check out the gallery for more pictures of the chopper). Would we do this again? We looked back at Bierstadt, the Sawtooth, and the Gully and smiled at our accomplishment. While the scree was annoying, bouldering was a rather fun challenge. Not much snow but pretty windy towards the top. We both decided to take what looked like a class 3 route that we thought would circumvent and then reconvene with the main trail without losing any elevation. We felt a sense of accomplishment as we gazed back on our completed path. Evans is accessible by car. Bierstadt, "West Evans", and Mt. The Sawtooth is a great traverse that connects Mt. Mount Bierstadt and the Sawtooth Ridge as seen from Guanella Pass. Our Hike of Mount Bierstadt September 20, 2010 - The sun shined perfectly over the Sawtooth and Mt. Bierstadt), and the close proximity to Denver have contributed to very heavy use. Seen below are photos of the west side of the traverse and a video clip. The sawtooth was a blast. Yes it was muddy, but after everything Evan's threw at us, it was definitely the least of our concern. Luckily, there is a mostly decent path that follows along the traverse and steadily upwards. Evans. Notice the Sawtooth in the background. We enjoyed a climb up this mountain last September. The last 500 feet elevation gain to Bierstadt’s summit is a talus scramble and sporting. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, Mount Spalding via The Sawtooth, located in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado. We settled on bagging two of them in a day by hiking up Mt Bierstadt and then take the traverse over to Mt Evans. Gaiters would be helpful in the willows, but aren’t necessary. Bierstadt (14,060ft) Mount Evans Wilderness Pike National Forest. Evans and 14,060' Mt. Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail [CLOSED], Mount Evans Summit Trail Via Mount Evans Road, Mount Evans and Mount Spalding Loop Trail, Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans from Guanella Pass Rd, Abyss Lake via Guanella Pass & Rosalie Trail, Tour de Abyss Loop- Mount Evans, Bierstadt East Ridge, to Sawtooth, Summit Lake to Upper Chicago Lake via Chicago Lakes Trail, Mount Bierstadt East Ridge, Abyss Lake and Abyss Trail Loop, Mount Wilcox, Argentine Peak and Square Top Mountain, Mount Spaulding and Mount Evans via Summit Lake - Standard Route, Mount Bierstadt, The Sawtooth, and Mount Evans Loop. Mount Bierstadt and the Sawtooth Ridge as seen from Guanella Pass. Mount Bierstadt, The Sawtooth, and Mount Evans Loop is a 16.4 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. I have to do this peak in honor of my Most of the path was at least 4 feet wide. As other people have said - The Sawtooth is more of a mental challenge than anything; just take everything slowly and carefully, and I stress to diligently search for the cairns before continuing forward. Once to the top we saw a momma and two baby mountain goats! Evans was definitely our least favorite part of this trip. This was probably the most challenging portion because the beginning of the path was steep and full of loose rock and dirt. We came from just above the snow drift. Bierstadt is a great mountain to start on for those that are new to hiking fourteeners. Yes, there is mud & it got half way up my low cut hiking shoe - big deal. Joke. Gorgeous trail and scenery. Incredible view though - something out of a fantasy. If you have the energy, you can extend the hike by continuing to Mount Evans itself. Took me 1 hour to get through it from Bierstadt summit to the ridge up to Evans. Hiked on a Monday and arrived at trailhead parking lot at 7:00 and was already full so get there early. It’s a common saying that there are easier 14-ers but no easy 14-ers and this is true! Bierstadt to Mt. Stop at each cairn until you see the next on the sawtooth—otherwise you could be like me, off trail with some hairy west exposure. Evans; retrace route The cairns are difficult to follow in the sawtooth and from there to Mt Evan’s peak. We clocked the whole loop at 13.5miles, and it took us 13 hours with stops for pictures, snack breaks, equipment changes and such, and unfortunately back tracking. Elevation Start: 11,669 ft. The trail is still open, but you must factor in the extra distance along the road. Mount Bierstadt is a fourteener in Colorado. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Evans (after quite a bit more hiking). The perfect weather helped a lot, wind would have made it terrifying. allusions to Dickens famous novel, but the title seemed appropriate for this day in more ways than one. I’m from Bierstadt, a suburb town of the capital town of Wiesbaden in Germany. Evans via the sawtooth during the winter. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, users have reported that the scrambling after The Sawtooth can be very dangerous for them. Bierstadt and Mt Evans. Weather was perfect. Photo by Brent D. Mount Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s most popular, and easiest fourteeners. Spent 20 minutes before heading to the Sawtooth. Overview. There is an upper route and a lower route along the false summit. Distance: 7 mi (RT) Elevation Gain: 2,850ft Elevation Min/Max: 11,669 to 14,060ft They are frequent and as long as you keep tracking those you'll do fine. Saw some mountain goats too ;). For those that are not familiar, Mt. We then began the long slog back across the traverse to the original meadow right past the sawtooth exit. Onward to the next one! Once you join back up with the main trail its a quick walk back to the lot. Unfortunately, due to a very large snow drift located higher on the traverse, we were forced to downclimb a little lower than we wanted to on the route. The trip took us longer than we anticipated due to the long class two traverse to get to Mt. Seen below are photos of the initial descent of the traverse looking downward as well as back up to the summit of Mt. The Mount Evans Scenic … Another hour and I summited Evans. There was a trail, but barely and it led straight through small ponds and smelly mud at times. Lots of bouldering at the top, followed by scree. Thanks to an expansive valley floor, views of the surrounding peaks (including other Front Range 14ers Torreys Peak, Grays Peak, Mt. Best part of the whole trip. The summit was quite crowded. The traverse is a class 3 route with some class 2+ scattered throughout. Many sections here required us to lower ourselves waist level down to reach the next rock. We couldn’t have asked for a better day for this. – Ralph, Your email address will not be published. Bierstadt and Mt. Mt Evans via Sawtooth Ridge Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars) Distance: 11.76 miles RT . After traversing this narrow passage way, we began to climb back up via a narrow talus ramp. Please note that this road closes 1.5 miles (one-way) short of this trailhead in the winter. The closure is at the intersection with Naylor Lake Road. Bierstadt and Mt. Going down the ravine sucks. When we reached the summit we paused for 15 min. Epic hike! Many times I put up my poles and just crawled or death-gripped the rocks. It was quite overwhelming to be honest, when we reached Mt. Mt Evans via Sawtooth Ridge Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars) Distance: 11.76 miles RT . This was more of a mental challenge than a physical one due to the staggering exposure. Bierstadt by following the Mt. Outside of Mt Evans, there are several other hikes in the area (Square Top Mountain, Gray Wolf Mountain etc.) The Sawtooth is a great traverse that connects Mt. The mud came up past our ankles at certain points and there are a few water crossings that you have to jump. Evans near the "West Evans" ridge. There was one confusing section at the start of the muddy willows, as people had made multiple trails to try and avoid the mud, so we had to spend a little of bit of time figuring out which one was the actual path (they probably all connect though). Weather was perfect. The blue shows the new route we took to do the Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans combo. Evans (east, true summit) was just around the corner. Bierstadt (14,060 ft.): Barren peaks form a rocky barrier between Mt. While this Class 2 route is shorter than the Bierstadt-Evans combination or the eastern approach via the Chicago Lakes trail, this ascent does not use an official trail. Nice weather is critical for a successful trip across the Sawtooth and neither of us were willing to take a chance being stranding on jagged rocks above 13,000 feet in a thunderstorm. Bierstadt (Beer-stat) rises 14,060' above sea-level, and is a very fun hike to do. Made it to Mt Evans at 12:30pm. Bierstadt summit took 1 hour, 40 minutes and was very easy to navigate and climb. Mt Bierstadt is a strenuous 7-mile hike up a 14er. Seen below are photos from Mt. Bierstadt on an autumn day can and remains spectacular. Mt. At 14,065 feet, it is the 38th highest peak in Colorado. Bierstadt - West Slopes Route. Not a huge deal, but it meant having to climb back up a bit more later. Relatively dry. We just barely missed sunrise, but the warm glow of the sun bathing everything was still absolutely spectacular. (We felt like we were in Vietnam or some war zone for a moment.) Evans. The Mt. Evans (Front Range) - Combo Approach via Sawtooth Traverse (Class 3) Attempted 8/5/15 10.25 miles round trip 7.5 hrs RT Easy 14ers (Class 2) - Moderate Traverse (Class 3) +3,900' net elevation gain Equipment: Sunblock (at that elevation, you'll feel the sun) Tech shell (you will want a shell to protect you from the… The Mt Bierstadt hike starts off easy, from the most popular starting point Guanella Pass Road, dipping down from the parking lot into a marshy valley floor. Yep, the side of the traverse that you can see as you hike up Bierstadt. August 21, 2015 September 9, 2015 Jeff Garmire September 9, 2015 Jeff Garmire The traverse is a class 3 route with some class 2+ scattered throughout. The last 1/2-2/3 were well cairned. Don’t be like them. The hike up Bierstadt is fairly easy however the crossing of The Sawtooth will take you on a very intense class 3 scramble. Hikers must take Guanella Pass Road to reach this trailhead. Great day out on the mountain. These were my 7th and 8th 14ers and definitely the most challenging hike I’ve ever done. The Sawtooth route is a fun class 3 ridge that you can pick your own route depending on how tough you want it to be. That's where we cut left onto The Ledge (which was definitely my favorite part), and made the ascent up the scree slope. Bierstadt and Mt. Overview. When it comes to 14ers these 2 peaks are as easy as they come. Absolutely! Seen below are photos from the summit before we started the Sawtooth. A paved road takes you all the way from Denver to the parking area, so this is a very easy hike to access from the city. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mt. Mt. The willows was a breeze. However, it was the first time we had ever gotten to have our picture taken together on a summit. Check out our Partner Post With MountainObsession, Mount Bierstadt – Sunset Hike June 25th 2016 – Take a Walk. Bierstadt is relatively easy for a 14r. Mt Bierstadt, Mt Evans via the "tour de abyss" route. The willows were not nearly as bad as everyone makes them out to be. Mt. It's a long walk through the willows to reach the Bierstadt / parking lot trailhead, but it was so very beautiful. This is a 11.5 mile loop hike with 4100 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 7-10 hours to complete. Hike to the summit of Mt. Little did we know we had a long class 2 traverse over to the summit and observatory. The chopper flew towards the summit of Mt. Evans Road near 13,000 and make the high traverse up Bierstadt's East Ridge, across the Sawtooth, up Mt. Evans. Besides the joy of the hike itself, Bierstadt is a stunning wildflower hike in July and August. Evans in honor of John Evans, the second governor of the Colorado Territory from 1862 to 1865. It is still strenuos on beginner hikers but manageable if you pace yourself. I decided to attempt to climb Mt. It honestly seemed to take forever. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, Mount Spalding via The Sawtooth, located in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado. Took me 1 hour to get through it from Bierstadt summit to the ridge up to Evans. We did a combination of them both *face palm* That turns in to the gully that drops straight down to the meadow/willow section below. Evans and the slow going down the steep gully and mud filled willows. Distance: 11.2 miles (out and back)  Elevation Gain: 4,335 ft (total gain), Max Elevation: 14,265 ft  Min. To keep myself sane hiking these popular peaks on a Sunday I decided to switch it up and take the class 3 route up Bierstadt’s East ridge, over the sawtooth connecting Bierstadt and Evans and back to the car. Mount Bierstadt is connected to Evans, the former Rosalie, by a ridge. Start very early. 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