This is a difficult one way trail to Mount Bierstadt in Mount Evans Wilderness Area.
This trail goes by Frozen Lake.
As Colorado peaks over 14,000 feet go, this is one of the 'easier' due to its relatively short distance and less elevation gain. As with most of the Colorado '14ers', this is a very popular destination for the 14er peak-baggers.
The trail drops a bit to cross an area that can be very wet in the spring, (there are some elevated walkways). The creek crossing can be difficult when swollen with snowmelt, but may also prove challenging when ice is present. The rest of the hike is very straight forward, gaining the ridge line and then continuing to the summit. Terrain near the summit becomes rocky with some spots where the hands may be used for balance.
Go prepared and know the weather conditions since thunderstorms appear rapidly in summer and the summit may be cold and breezy. From the summit it is possible to see Mount Evans to the North East a short distance away.
The trailhead is at Guanella pass about 11 miles from Georgetown located on Interstate 70. There is a good sized parking lot at the trailhead with another lot on the other side of the road, a short distance away. Big horn sheep are often seen near the road and a moose may be spotted as well. Take care for cyclists on the road in summer.
This would be one of the easier 14ers for your hiking child, but the creek crossing may be difficult for them. Shoes may be removed and crossing the creek bare foot is an option. Near the summit there is a bit of exposure to the east that is easily avoided.
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