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. home town. 2. We paused for a few photos, but managed to summit in two uneventful hours. Bierstadt and Mt Evans. We enjoyed a climb up this mountain last September. The blue shows the new route we took to do the Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans combo. 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. A blackhawk helicopter was flying right above us. Hated every bit of it. 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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. ESPECIALLY the second half. 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. This is a 11.5 mile loop hike with 4100 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 7-10 hours to complete. There aren't many cairns getting you to the gully that leads back to the parking lot. Bierstadt is named after first summiter Albert Bierstadt, a German-American painter best known for his dramatic landscapes of the American West. Bierstadt on an autumn day can and remains spectacular. Outside of Mt Evans, there are several other hikes in the area (Square Top Mountain, Gray Wolf Mountain etc.) The gulley descent in my opinion was the hardest part of Evans, as its steepness, loose dirt, and scree made it very challenging and slow going. If you plan to summit Mt. Evans (after quite a bit more hiking). Seen below are photos of the willows and the chopper (check out the gallery for more pictures of the chopper). Mount Bierstadt is a fourteener in Colorado. Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts. Mike and I enjoyed reading and hearing about this exciting hike! Once there, it was a little hard to route find and we weren’t seeing any cairns for the first 1/3 or so. Our Hike of Mount Bierstadt September 20, 2010 - The sun shined perfectly over the Sawtooth and Mt. There is an upper route and a lower route along the false summit. Little did we know we had a long class 2 traverse over to the summit and observatory. Mount Bierstadt is a fourteener in Colorado. Joke. Mt Evans via Sawtooth Ridge Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars) Distance: 11.76 miles RT . It isn’t worth it to break something or fall. Seen below are photos of the gully and valley. Evans is also home to the HIGHEST PAVED ROAD IN THE UNITED STATES! 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. Relatively dry. Most of the path was at least 4 feet wide. Gaiters would be helpful in the willows, but aren’t necessary. 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. Mount Evans Wilderness is located approximately 40 miles west of Denver, Colorado. Walking through the willows feels like trying to navigate a haunted forest. Bierstadt/Mt. 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. I took the high route on the sawtooth, it was challenging but doable. 14ers.com Route Descriptions for Evans and Bierstadt. That turns in to the gully that drops straight down to the meadow/willow section below. This is a great all day hike in which you will climb two 14ers, Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans. The summit was quite crowded. A lot of back tracking and wasted time and energy due to this. Leave from the north side of the Bierstadt summit and begin your descent towards the saddle between the two peaks. The traverse is a class 3 route with some class 2+ scattered throughout. The Sawtooth is a great traverse that connects Mt. The willows were not nearly as bad as everyone makes them out to be. Saw some mountain goats too ;). Seen below are photos of the initial descent of the traverse looking downward as well as back up to the summit of Mt. The sawtooth was a blast. Last week Delaney and I decided we wanted to hike one of the 14ers. Mt. We soon thereafter reconnected with a trail to West Evans and ran into several other hiking groups. 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. We felt a sense of accomplishment as we gazed back on our completed path. Bierstadt and the Sawtooth. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Evans loop via Sawtooth ridge. It honestly seemed to take forever. Spent 20 minutes before heading to the Sawtooth. Onward to the next one! Fourteeners are mountains with atleast 14,000 feet of elevation at their summit. The hike up Bierstadt is fairly easy however the crossing of The Sawtooth will take you on a very intense class 3 scramble. The peak was named for Albert Bierstadt, a famous western landscape artist. Hike to the summit of Mt. Seen below are photos from the summit before we started the Sawtooth. Bierstadt which is one of the easier 14ers on the Front Range. Bierstadt summit took 1 hour, 40 minutes and was very easy to navigate and climb. Yeah…it was a bit steep…The last photo displays the remaining route on the east side of the traverse. We settled on bagging two of them in a day by hiking up Mt Bierstadt and then take the traverse over to Mt Evans. Absolutely! Take it slow and it's very doable actually. Seen below are photos of the gendarme and climb up. It was weird to have worked so hard to get there, and then be surrounded by tons of people who walked 200 feet from their cars. The descent down the gully is VERY steep. This was probably the most challenging portion because the beginning of the path was steep and full of loose rock and dirt. Headlamps were obviously needed for most of this. Conquer two of Colorado's most well known 14ers. For this reason, we were hesitant to climb the standard routes on these two peaks in fear of hundreds of people. Mt. Weather was perfect. Bierstadt (4285 m) will level off with a panoramic view of the Colorado Front Range and Mount Evans to the east. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Seen below are photos from Mt. We couldn’t have asked for a better day for this. Mt. Take this next mile and half or so to the summit easy and you'll be there in no time. The traverse is a class 3 route with some class 2+ scattered throughout. Our early morning climb up Bierstadt was a warm-up hike for what lay ahead for the rest of the day. Thanks to an expansive valley floor, views of the surrounding peaks (including other Front Range 14ers Torreys Peak, Grays Peak, Mt. Took me 1 hour to get through it from Bierstadt summit to the ridge up to Evans. We then began the long slog back across the traverse to the original meadow right past the sawtooth exit. Evans. However, you need to have a way to secure them to your pack so your hands are free to climb if you plan on doing the Gendarme or on other class 3 segments. We found out later in the news that a women was having respiratory issues near the summit of Bierstadt. 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. Bierstadt and Mt. At 14,065 feet, it is the 38th highest peak in Colorado. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, Mount Spalding via The Sawtooth, located in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado. Your email address will not be published. Mt. If you have the energy, you can extend the hike by continuing to Mount Evans itself. It actually being my first 14'er, I thought it was relatively easy. Pretty easy comparing to some other 14ers (holy cross I’m looking at you). First of all, Mt. Bierstadt, "West Evans", and Mt. We had previously placed waypoints into our GPS that led us right to the gully. My feet and knees were wrecked descending this. Distance: 11.2 miles (out and back)  Elevation Gain: 4,335 ft (total gain), Max Elevation: 14,265 ft  Min. Required fields are marked *. Evans near the "West Evans" ridge. Gorgeous trail and scenery. When it comes to 14ers these 2 peaks are as easy as they come. Weather was perfect. or so to rest, take photos, and snack. So, we both took the high road and got some more practice scrambling. When we reached the summit we paused for 15 min. Hated every bit of it. Taken from Mt. Getting over the mental hurdle is by far the most challenging, and probably the biggest risk to one’s safety. Start very early. This part is actually quite easy, but after doing the Sawtooth and Bierstadt, your legs and body will tell you otherwise. While the scree was annoying, bouldering was a rather fun challenge. The sawtooth was a blast. The willows was a breeze. You two are inspiring! Peaks: Mt Bierstadt, Mt Evans (sorted/filed as Bierstadt, Evans) ; Place: Colorado Difficulty: some semi-technical ice, ice axe, crampons, helmet, snowshoes, snow travel . This was HARD. Evans; retrace route 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… Mt. Flowers were in full bloom everywhere, and a gorgeous waterfall splashed the valley wall behind us. It is the most challenging portion of the climb requiring solid class three (a fall would hurt very badly) moves to get up and over the top. Bierstadt and traverse the ridge over to the Sawtooth, then up to Mt. Many sections are slippery and steep, watch your footing. These were my 7th and 8th 14ers and definitely the most challenging hike I’ve ever done. Evans. We looked back at Bierstadt, the Sawtooth, and the Gully and smiled at our accomplishment. It was epic! It will be before the big rock cliff face which is further off in the distance. Only a couple moments of real nerves. Mt. The road, two 14,000 foot peaks (14,264' Mt. 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). As others have said, it can be incredibly difficult to locate the cairns, and the trail follows several sheer drop-offs over cliffs on the west side that are absolutely terrifying when the wind picks up, which it does OFTEN. The willows lead back to the standard Bierstadt trail just east of Scott Gomer Creek, the creek you have to cross to get to Bierstadt. Bierstadt to Mt. Thankfully another group caught up with us halfway across, and we tackled the gendarme together as we couldn't find the route around it. The gully isn’t hard to find. The willows were often taller then we were. Mt Bierstadt to Mt Evans via the sawtooth - 14ers - YouTube Bierstadt (14,060 ft.): Barren peaks form a rocky barrier between Mt. Spent another 20 minutes at Evans before heading down. Bierstadt is a great mountain to start on for those that are new to hiking fourteeners. Evans via the sawtooth during the winter. Great day out on the mountain. Hit the trail around 5:30am and finished at 3, so be prepared for a full day. Perfect conditions. Very frustrating as there was even more back tracking involved. The mud came up past our ankles at certain points and there are a few water crossings that you have to jump. Took me 1 hour to get through it from Bierstadt summit to the ridge up to Evans. At some point in the willows, we looked upward in response to a loud noise. Best part of the whole trip. Naively, we figured Mt. Besides the joy of the hike itself, Bierstadt is a stunning wildflower hike in July and August. Photo by Brent D. Mount Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s most popular, and easiest fourteeners. When you leave the gully, go straight across to find the willow trail—it’s far to your left. Tourists were everywhere. We paused for a pop-tart, since the visible parking lot looked extremely far away. Going down the ravine sucks. Evans. It was hard at times to find a route on the sawtooth since the cairns were hard to spot. It made for an interesting adventure. The traverse got the blood pumping and it was my first class 3, but I imagine it was an easier class 3. (They are also useful for icy segments.). Yes, there is mud & it got half way up my low cut hiking shoe - big deal. It is still strenuos on beginner hikers but manageable if you pace yourself. It's close to Denver and a great peak for first-time 14ers or as a training ground for the experienced. Some packed snow coming up bierstadt, brought spikes but didn’t need them. Evans and 14,060' Mt. Best part of the whole trip. After this, we were home free on a wide open field. Another hour and I summited 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. I pulled the route description off of 14ers.com (A great resource if you want to climb a… Bierstadt. allusions to Dickens famous novel, but the title seemed appropriate for this day in more ways than one. After leaving the Sawtooth behind, follow the obvious trial to the Mount Evans summit. Once you get to the other side there’s a nice break in climbing before you start up Mt. We just barely missed sunrise, but the warm glow of the sun bathing everything was still absolutely spectacular. 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