Mt. Bierstadt  
Condition Updates  
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2022-08-09, By: vrajala
Info: 5:30am the parking lot was almost full. Heavy traffic up Bierstadt. Small stream running through the upper section of the trail. Some loose rocks on the Sawtooth traverse. Make sure there's no-one directly above or below you at any time. The path down the gully is dry but the marsh below is completely flooded with hundreds of streams running strong from every direction. The muddy area extends all the way to the main trail intersection. Wearing waterproof boots helps a lot. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-08-07, By: SchralpTheGnar
Info: Did the tour de abyss on Saturday, bring a change of socks or something to get to cross the willows before you gain the ridge, hiked with wet feet all day which reduced my enjoyment level. The rest of the route was in perfect conditions 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-08-01, By: rijaca
Info: Same as it ever was. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2022-07-25, By: BiggasPanda
Info: There was good weather on the Sawtooth. No snow anywhere on the sawtooth. We took the Willows down and it was only muddy in certain areas - not the entire way. It was my first time taking the Sawtooth and was worried about the Willows from what I have been hearing about them. The route through the willows was easy to find and the mud was not enough to make me regret my decision. If you have nice waterproof boots, you will be just fine going through. Well worth it. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-19, By: mdecola
Info: Beautiful hike - as far as 14ers go, about as 'easy' as you're going to get. Steady incline to the top, finishes out with about 500 ft of large boulders. Perfect one to bring along the pup - our dog had a great time. NOTE: **very busy in summer** We had a 2 hour drive, and were at the trailhead @ 7:30AM....to find more than 60 cars already parked. Apparently quite a few hikers camp out at the parking lot the night before and hit the trail super early to beat the crowds. All-in-all tho, a great climb. Took us slightly more than 4 hours RT. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-10, By: J Woodruff
Info: Started at 830 am trail and road were packed with vehicles. Trail was packed with hikers. Trail conditions were pretty good. No issues to report on the wooden bridges. Only thing to note is puddles, mud and running water on the trail due to snow melt and recent rains. This was my daughter, Hannah's first 14er! Congrats Hannah! 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-06, By: mfoxwort
Info: Started just before 6 am with great summer conditions. One if the Wooden bridges was slanted and icy in the morning and many hikers slipped and fell, including myself. Otherwise, the majority of the path was in good condition other than some wet rocky areas. Path was well marked. No need to cross snow. 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2022-07-01, By: mmagann17
Info: Got out early today to climb Bierstadt and Evans via the Sawtooth Ridge. West Slope route up Bierstadt in great condition. Sawtooth Ridge was almost entirely snow free, save for one snow slope just north of Bierstadt. There's a decent trackway across it, and I felt comfortable without traction or an axe. That said, a fall on this slope would mean a long slide down to some nasty talus, so may be worth bringing traction or even an axe if you feel less than 100% crossing fairly steep snow. Also possible to detour around the snow slope, at the cost of a ~150 extra feet of vertical. The herd path down from Sawtooth is well-defined from the top of the gully to the start of the valley. After that, the trail forks quite a bit, and though easy to follow in the general downstream direction, all options are extremely muddy. It's a swamp down there, and I was frequently postholing up to my mid calf in the muck. It's a small price to pay though for one incredible traverse! 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2022-07-01, By: BethL
Info: The diciest part of the route for us was the snow crossing descending Bierstadt, everything else was dry and lots of fun. Our group had microspikes and poles, but an ice axe wouldn't have been a bad idea... we crossed the snow at approximately 8:30am. The edges were warm and slushy, the center was still a little more solid and icy. I took a little slip in the slush and am very thankful I had both poles firmly planted before I moved my feet. One of my poles didn't fare so well but it did save me from a nasty slide. The first member of our group to cross the snow made nice kick steps for the rest of us, and it sounds like others have been able to use those since Wednesday. One group on the mountain with us on Wednesday crossed much higher but seemed to have a hard time moving down the ridge after they crossed. Added few photos of the snow, red line showing our route and where we crossed, and my sad hiking pole. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2022-06-28, By: lnh507
Info: Overall, the entire route was essentially summer conditions and all the technical sections are completely dry; however, there is one large snow field on the descent from bierstadt to sawtooth that I would highly recommend crossing right away/as high as possible. I thought I could go down on the right side and go around it lower but it extends far down enough to take you way off route if you go down to its bottom before crossing. I realized that too late and had to cross it midway down where it was quite steep- not ideal without an axe. Also, for those who haven't done this route previously, be aware that it is a long day (longer than stats alone would imply). The scrambling on the sawtooth is a very small part of the route as a whole and once you're done with the technical portion, it's still a long way up to evans with lots of talus navigating, followed by what I felt to be a long and arduous descent if you are going down through the gulley back to guanella pass. The gulley narrows into a steep canyon which is very loose and slow going, then when you finally reach the valley floor it's truly a swamp. Not sure if it's always this bad, but the “trail” often disappears into total muck that sucks you in if you step in it, and it's easy to lose the trail entirely and not be able to really see the route back through all the willows. Also encountered a moose that seemed potentially aggressive. 
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Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2022-06-25, By: Sidlucas12
Info: Ended up having to turn back on the sawtooth because of ice and time management. The trail to Bierstadt summit is summer conditions except one avoidable snow patch near the summit. Started hike at 2am with my buddy for his first 14er, made it to the summit at 5am 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-20, By: jordanthebuff
Info: Trail is in very solid summer conditions. One short section had a thin layer of ice that was sketchy for maybe 5 steps. Also, there was one small snowfield right at the bottom of the final ridge (20 ft long). Traction not needed. Some muddy areas through the willows but all of it was easy to step over. Another day or two and I expect most of the icy spots to be gone. The short section of snow will probably hold on for another few weeks. 
Route: Tour D\'Abyss
Posted On: 2022-06-17, By: climbnowworklater
Info: Excellent summer conditions! I was going to hit this last weds but winds were terrible. I'm so glad I held off. Today had perfect temps, no crowds, and the route we chose is 99% snow free. Leave the axe and pons home. GPS said 5.7 miles. 5h:30m total time at a fairly continuous pace. What a great, fun scramble! 
Route: Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Evans
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: bsiegs
Info: Sawtooth is in great shape - photos attached. One main snowfield that needs to be traversed over to the ridge along the descent from Bierstadt (axe was helpful for this brief stretch) and a bit of snow amongst the rocks the rest of the way down to the saddle. Remainder of the Sawtooth is dry. Recommend taking the upper ledge option (avoiding loose stuff on the lower option) after passing through to the backside. Started heavy T-storming and hailing the exact moment we topped out on the Sawtooth, so we passed on summiting Evans and descended asap. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-11, By: mtnmike
Info: Did a sunset hike Friday the 10th…had the mountain all to myself! Warm and calm day. Minor mud in the willows and the stream at the usual crossing was running high. Expect mud, snow and slush (and a little ice) on the upper slopes. The trail does a great job of channeling the snowmelt so it's a great test for waterproof boots! No traction or gaiters needed. Also, if you were up there on Friday and left a small pack in the parking lot, send me a message with the color/contents and I'll get it back to you! 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-10, By: jdiek
Info: Beautiful day to climb Bierstadt. Quite a few people out. A few sections of mud coming out of the willows and only a few snow covered sections higher up. I didn't bring traction and never missed it. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-08, By: lang_daly
Info: A lot of recent reports have said trail through the willows is very muddy. I didn't find it that bad, if you have hiking boots most of it can be stepped through or around. Spikes may be helpful but not necessary, I'd also recommend a pair of gaiters. Melting quickly. Still some decent snow on the Sawtooth. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-08, By: Scott King
Info: Started my hike around 5am, most of the mud is rather solid at that time. Really muddy all the way through the willows into the headwall push. There is a creek crossing to make around the end of the willows, so either bring an extra pair of socks to change into, or try to find a snow shelf to cross with. Past the headwall, things get snowy, I used my Yaktrax from here on out. There is some major ice on the traditional route, and on the way back to the car, the snow was heating up fast. Won't be long before the snow is gone... 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: Harrison1991
Info: Very muddy through the willows. Still lots of snow on the last 1.5 miles to the summit. Spikes were helpful 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: kmista13
Info: Still icy on the way up, mud and slush on the way down. Microspikes not 100% necessary, but were helpful on the descent 

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