Luckily, there is a mostly decent path that follows along the traverse and steadily upwards. The Sawtooth is No. Evans via the sawtooth during the winter. Mount Evans Wilderness is located approximately 40 miles west of Denver, Colorado. Evans rises 14,264' above sea-level, and is also a very fun hike to do. – Ralph, Your email address will not be published. The ledge looks sketchy from a distance, but as you get closer, it s not so bad. Mount Evans is higher than Mount Bierstadt. We were very anxious to get up and over at this point. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Completed the entire hike in 6:30, from 7:15 am to 1:45 pm. 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. The willows was a breeze. We just barely missed sunrise, but the warm glow of the sun bathing everything was still absolutely spectacular. Onward to the next one! To return, hike back the way you came. After this, we were home free on a wide open field. The perfect weather helped a lot, wind would have made it terrifying. Relatively dry. Sawtooth was also pretty easy to navigate as long as you are constantly looking for the cairns, which are frequent, keep good footing and stay on the actual trail. The moves required good balance and arm strength, but this climbing portion was short. 15 Dec 2004 - by John Simpson. Bierstadt - West Slopes Route. Saw 5 mountain goats along the way and again, keep an eye out for the cairns. Pretty easy comparing to some other 14ers (holy cross I’m looking at you). Tourists were everywhere. 10/5/20 The GF and I left Denver at 3:30am and started the Bierstadt trail and ascent at 5am. Mount Bierstadt is connected to Evans, the former Rosalie, by a ridge. Many sections are slippery and steep, watch your footing. Note that the cairns do NOT always follow the “trail” on the app, and that’s okay, either way is fine, the app trail runs along the peak and there’s a lot of wind so keep that in mind. It actually being my first 14'er, I thought it was relatively easy. My Fitbit and GPS both read 11.25 miles at the end. I took the high route on the sawtooth, it was challenging but doable. Evans (which boasts the "highest paved road in America") has the over-exploited feel of a raucous amusement park ride. Left the lot at 7:30a and made the summit at 9:15a. Once you get to the other side there’s a nice break in climbing before you start up Mt. Evans, as with The Sawtooth, I stress to diligently search for the cairns when ascending the boulder scrambling fields, as they're easy to miss. Summit: Mt Bierstadt 14,060 ft, Mt Evans 14,260 ft. Total Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft. 1. Mt. Hike to the summit of Mt. Seen below are photos of the willows and the chopper (check out the gallery for more pictures of the chopper). Seen below are photos from the summit before we started the Sawtooth. Looking west from the summit View of Evans from Mt Bierstadt Summit of Mount Bierstadt – 14,065 ft. To get to our next trailhead, we had to descend the 3300 ft on our bikes down Guenella Pass and back into Georgetown. Mt Bierstadt, just east of Guanella Pass, is located in the Mount Evans Wilderness of the Pike National Forest. Road was closed about 2 miles leading up to the Bierstadt trailhead so that adds about 4 miles round trip. Mt. Seen below are photos of the gully and valley. Trekking poles would have come in handy at the gully. Mount Bierstadt and the Sawtooth Ridge as seen from Guanella Pass. There was much screw and loose dirt until we reached the boulders. Overall great day. 14ers.com Route Descriptions for Evans and Bierstadt. 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. At times, we couldn’t see where we were or where we were headed. 2. The cairns are difficult to follow in the sawtooth and from there to Mt Evan’s peak. We soon thereafter reconnected with a trail to West Evans and ran into several other hiking groups. Hiked on a Monday and arrived at trailhead parking lot at 7:00 and was already full so get there early. Bierstadt - See 2,534 traveler reviews, 1,789 candid photos, and great deals for Denver, CO, at Tripadvisor. Going down the ravine sucks. Gaiters would be helpful in the willows, but aren’t necessary. Mt. Elevation: 11,473 ft. We did Mount Bierstadt last year, that route is shown in green in the above Google Earth maps. Gorgeous trail and scenery. It wasn't too busy but enough people to know its popular. Seen below are photos of the initial descent of the traverse looking downward as well as back up to the summit of Mt. or so to rest, take photos, and snack. Midway between the traverse, climbers are greeted with a large gendarme (spike rock/isolated spire found on a ridge). There aren't many cairns getting you to the gully that leads back to the parking lot. Evans (after quite a bit more hiking). They are frequent and as long as you keep tracking those you'll do fine. The peak was named for Albert Bierstadt, a famous western landscape artist. Our Hike of Mount Bierstadt September 20, 2010 - The sun shined perfectly over the Sawtooth and Mt. I only saw 3 people who summited Bierstadt actually get over to Evans. There was a trail, but it was very steep and loose (average 43% grade). Anyone with moderate confidence should be able to do this section of the hike fairly easily. 3. The trail is still open, but you must factor in the extra distance along the road. Mt Evans via Sawtooth Ridge Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars) Distance: 11.76 miles RT . The willows were often taller then we were. Mount Bierstadt and the Sawtooth Ridge as seen from Guanella Pass. Overview. Crossing the ridge will bring you over to the trail towards the summit of Mount Evans. Mount Bierstadt is a fourteener in Colorado. Bierstadt. We paused for a few photos, but managed to summit in two uneventful hours. Thanks for the detailed traverse description. Not a huge deal, but it meant having to climb back up a bit more later. I pulled the route description off of 14ers.com (A great resource if you want to climb a… At 14,065 feet, it is the 38th highest peak in Colorado. Evans (east, true summit) was just around the corner. We donned our helmets and proceeded with our next task of down climbing the steep incline towards the saddle. Bierstadt to Mt. We felt a sense of accomplishment as we gazed back on our completed path. Headlamps were obviously needed for most of this. Due to the very high elevation, any attempt at climbing a 14er should be started very early in the morning. We found out later in the news that a women was having respiratory issues near the summit of Bierstadt. The gully isn’t hard to find. to 6:00 am and already several cars and groups were prepping to go up Mt. Spent another 20 minutes at Evans before heading down. Distance: 7 mi (RT) Elevation Gain: 2,850ft Elevation Min/Max: 11,669 to 14,060ft Spent another 20 minutes at Evans before heading down. Evans was definitely our least favorite part of this trip. Mt. Weather was perfect. This is a 11.5 mile loop hike with 4100 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 7-10 hours to complete. Outside of Mt Evans, there are several other hikes in the area (Square Top Mountain, Gray Wolf Mountain etc.) Rosalie, the third recommendation, would restore the name the mountain had prior to 1890. The closure is at the intersection with Naylor Lake Road. Mt Bierstadt is connected to a neighboring 14,000′ peak, Mt Evans, by a class 3 ridge called the Sawtooth. Yes, there is mud & it got half way up my low cut hiking shoe - big deal. allusions to Dickens famous novel, but the title seemed appropriate for this day in more ways than one. Mt. Distance: 11.2 miles (out and back)  Elevation Gain: 4,335 ft (total gain), Max Elevation: 14,265 ft  Min. Joke. Saw 5 mountain goats along the way and again, keep an eye out for the cairns. Incredible view though - something out of a fantasy. Great day out on the mountain. Mt. Just follow the trail and you ll be fine! The climb up Bierstadt was pretty quick and easy for a 14er but probably the most intimidating part of the whole thing is coming off Bierstadt, heading to the Sawtooth. Bierstadt (14,060ft) Mount Evans Wilderness Pike National Forest. The sawtooth was a blast. We were excited to have gotten safely through this crux and were ready for the next challenge, the ledges. For this reason, we were hesitant to climb the standard routes on these two peaks in fear of hundreds of people. 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. Made it to Mt Evans at 12:30pm. Would we do this again? There was a couple in front of me that deliberately went off trail on the sawtooth looking for more “fun” routes and ended up knocking rocks off down near where I was. Yes it was muddy, but after everything Evan's threw at us, it was definitely the least of our concern. There were several people on the summit already. Learn how your comment data is processed. Evans is accessible by car. Fourteeners are mountains with atleast 14,000 feet of elevation at their summit. Bierstadt, "West Evans", and Mt. It made for an interesting adventure. It had turned into a very pretty day and we were very happy to be back at the car. Once the route reaches a notch after coming up from the end of the Sawtooth the trail drops down and moves alongside the West Ridge of Evans. Mt. The traverse got the blood pumping and it was my first class 3, but I imagine it was an easier class 3. Because it is generally considered an easy climb, along with its accessibility from nearby Denver, Mount Bierstadt is one of … Conditions were good. Bierstadt is a true fourteener, with a beautiful trailhead and a quiet summit, while Mt. We came from just above the snow drift. Evans via Sawtooth. Mt Evans via Sawtooth Ridge Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars) Distance: 11.76 miles RT . It is still strenuos on beginner hikers but manageable if you pace yourself. However, it was the first time we had ever gotten to have our picture taken together on a summit. The summit has bathrooms, a storm shelter, observatory, large parking lot, and what looked to be a gift shop. The last 500 feet elevation gain to Bierstadt’s summit is a talus scramble and sporting. Mt Bierstadt is a strenuous 7-mile hike up a 14er. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, Mount Spalding via The Sawtooth, located in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado. Besides the joy of the hike itself, Bierstadt is a stunning wildflower hike in July and August. In the process you will also traverse The Sawtooth that separates these two mountains. Your email address will not be published. That section was dry enough that my feet didn't get wet at all but you are navigating some wetter areas near the ponds/lakes/streams and through dense willows/bushes. The summit was quite crowded. Taken from Mt. The view of Mt. Hiking Trail Highlights Mount Bierstadt Is was LONG, clocking in at just under 14 miles and 11 hours round trip but the weather was gorgeous all day and we met some great people along the way! It will be before the big rock cliff face which is further off in the distance. Take this next mile and half or so to the summit easy and you'll be there in no time. The willows was a breeze. I decided to attempt to climb Mt. It honestly seemed to take forever. They are frequent and as long as you keep tracking those you'll do fine. It was hard at times to find a route on the sawtooth since the cairns were hard to spot. We paused for a pop-tart, since the visible parking lot looked extremely far away. In fact, it boasts the highest paved road in America. Bierstadt, "West Evans", and Mt. Evans and the slow going down the steep gully and mud filled willows. We looked back at Bierstadt, the Sawtooth, and the Gully and smiled at our accomplishment. It's close to Denver and a great peak for first-time 14ers or as a training ground for the experienced. Great hike and a great first class 3. While the scree was annoying, bouldering was a rather fun challenge. Hiking Bierstadt, Evans, and The Sawtooth. Bierstadt is a true fourteener, with a beautiful trailhead and a quiet summit, while Mt. That turns in to the gully that drops straight down to the meadow/willow section below. Mt Bierstadt to Mt Evans via the sawtooth - 14ers - YouTube It gets its name from several aretes (jagged knife-like rock formations) that line up to look like the teeth of a saw. 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. Added by Jeff Richards. Summitting Bierstadt was a nonissue (except it’s COLD until you get up to the sun) the trail is really well marked and maintained, LOTS of people. Bierstadt to Mt. Bierstadt on an autumn day can and remains spectacular. If you have the energy, you can extend the hike by continuing to Mount Evans itself. Photo by Brent D. Mount Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s most popular, and easiest fourteeners. The Sawtooth is a great traverse that connects Mt. Bierstadt and the Sawtooth. The Mount Evans Scenic … Colorado’s legislature officially named Mt. Relatively dry. Frost blanketed the ground and a chill hung in the air as we began. Choose your route wisely and … Scan the Sawtooth's jagged ridgeline to the NE to find Bierstadt's neighboring 14er, Mt. This route hits two more 14,000 ft. “peaks” before hitting the main Evan’s summit. Last week Delaney and I decided we wanted to hike one of the 14ers. Some packed snow coming up bierstadt, brought spikes but didn’t need them. Thus, we made the creek crossing one more time and were about three-quarters of a mile from the parking lot. Absolutely! It isn’t worth it to break something or fall. We had previously placed waypoints into our GPS that led us right to the gully. The traverse is a class 3 route with some class 2+ scattered throughout. Bierstadt), and the close proximity to Denver have contributed to very heavy use. This is a 11.5 mile loop hike with 4100 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 7-10 hours to complete. Lots of sheep in the parking lot of Evans as the road up was closed. We did a combination of them both *face palm* (We felt like we were in Vietnam or some war zone for a moment.) The trail drops 800 feet to a 13,000 foot saddle between Bierstadt and Evans. Bierstadt is named after first summiter Albert Bierstadt, a German-American painter best known for his dramatic landscapes of the American West. Bierstadt (14,060 ft.): Barren peaks form a rocky barrier between Mt. Seen below are photos of the west side of the traverse and a video clip. Climbing Mt. Evans. We picked our way slowly and carefully down the chute through the dirt and scree. There was a trail, but barely and it led straight through small ponds and smelly mud at times. It was epic! We found a quiet spot towards the north side of the peak that looked down towards the traverse to mentally prep. Not much snow but pretty windy towards the top. Getting over the mental hurdle is by far the most challenging, and probably the biggest risk to one’s safety. Start very early. On the right is a closer look at the Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans combo. Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts. Another hour and I summited Evans. So, we both took the high road and got some more practice scrambling. Be able to … Colorado currently has no 14,000-foot peaks named after a … Perfect conditions. Bierstadt and Mt. Many sections here required us to lower ourselves waist level down to reach the next rock. the summit of Mt Evans via a steep gully that bypasses the Sawtooth. These were my 7th and 8th 14ers and definitely the most challenging hike I’ve ever done. The willows were not nearly as bad as everyone makes them out to be. Walking through the willows feels like trying to navigate a haunted forest. Conquer two of Colorado's most well known 14ers. Thanks to an expansive valley floor, views of the surrounding peaks (including other Front Range 14ers Torreys Peak, Grays Peak, Mt. Mt. For those that are not familiar, Mt. A blackhawk helicopter was flying right above us. Little did we know we had a long class 2 traverse over to the summit and observatory. Evans. Basically head back towards the Sawtooth and when the ridge opens up look off to the slight right for the low spot and head straight for it. We thought we were home free at this point, but soon realized getting down the gully was no easy task. Evans Scenic Byway ascends a non-wilderness corridor into the center of the Wilderness. Evans. The blue shows the new route we took to do the Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans combo. 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). The Mt. It is still strenuos on beginner hikers but manageable if you pace yourself. Things were right again in our hiking world. Only a couple moments of real nerves. ESPECIALLY the second half. Photo by Brent D. Mount Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s most popular, and easiest fourteeners. I’m from Bierstadt, a suburb town of the capital town of Wiesbaden in Germany. Trekking poles are very helpful on this hike in the gully and on the traverse to Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Beautiful views of these mountains and I would recommend it for any avid 14er hiker. Evans is also home to the HIGHEST PAVED ROAD IN THE UNITED STATES! This time we had a much longer, intense day planned. Overview. 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). Evans and 14,060' Mt. The trip took us longer than we anticipated due to the long class two traverse to get to Mt. The traverse is a class 3 route with some class 2+ scattered throughout. The descent down the gully is VERY steep. Once to the top we saw a momma and two baby mountain goats! Yep, the side of the traverse that you can see as you hike up Bierstadt. Hit the trail around 5:30am and finished at 3, so be prepared for a full day. The sawtooth was a blast. Hated every bit of it. At some point in the willows, we looked upward in response to a loud noise. 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. The worn trail keeps you to the S of the Sawtooth ridge and I only came to 2 spots that could be considered tricky. Took me 1 hour to get through it from Bierstadt summit to the ridge up to Evans. On the summit of Mount Bierstadt, you will see a transverse ridge known as the Sawtooth. Evans and Bierstadt are the closest and easiest 14ers to Boulder and the Denver area. The route can be crossed either direction, but most people, including us, opted to start at the summit of Mt. Bierstadt and Mt Evans. Evans) Length: 10 miles Elevation Gain: 3,964' Difficulty: class 3 The Sawtooth is a classic class 3 line in Colorado's Front Range that connects Mt. Overall, there isn’t any real danger to falling here if you are wearing proper footwear and taking it slow and steady. Stay right of the ridge … You two are inspiring! Nonetheless, if you are not in the mood for the challenge there is an alternative route that goes along the right side of the pinnacle that is just class 2. Bierstadt (4285 m) will level off with a panoramic view of the Colorado Front Range and Mount Evans to the east. Seen below are photos from Mt. Free Outside. Climbing Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. home town. 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. Yeah…it was a bit steep…The last photo displays the remaining route on the east side of the traverse. We enjoyed a climb up this mountain last September. Evans. Evans, 1 is a view of Bierstadt and portions of the Sawtooth ridge. 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. Another hour and I summited Evans. This was more of a mental challenge than a physical one due to the staggering exposure. Bierstadt and Mt. We wanted a nice challenge, so opted for the direct up and over climb. Peaks: Mt Bierstadt, Mt Evans (sorted/filed as Bierstadt, Evans) ; Place: Colorado Difficulty: some semi-technical ice, ice axe, crampons, helmet, snowshoes, snow travel . Mount Bierstadt is located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) west by south of Mount Evans and 43.8 miles (70.5 km) west by south of downtown Denver. 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. (They are also useful for icy segments.). Bierstadt), and the close proximity to Denver have contributed to very heavy use. Most of the path was at least 4 feet wide. The path loses 1,726 ft. in 1 mile according to our GPS. Summit: Mt Bierstadt 14,060 ft, Mt Evans 14,260 ft. Total Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft. Made it to Mt Evans at 12:30pm. Bierstadt and the Sawtooth on the trail to Mt. Completed on Saturday 11/7. Evans. Fortunately, as you ascend higher, the path gives way to another option closer to the wall that contains a bit more solid rock to grip on to. Naively, we figured Mt. This is probably the reason we didn’t see a single other person on the trail. Going down the ravine sucks. 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. A lot of back tracking and wasted time and energy due to this. allusions to Dickens famous novel, but the title seemed appropriate for this day in more ways than one. Spent 20 minutes before heading to the Sawtooth. 4. Fourteeners are mountains with atleast 14,000 feet of elevation at their summit. There is an upper route and a lower route along the false summit. We couldn’t have asked for a better day for this. Mount Evans Wilderness is located approximately 40 miles west of Denver, Colorado. 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