Mount Bierstadt

10 reviews #1 hike out of 33 in
3.6 mi
Distance
1 hrs 32 min
Time
terrain
2,518 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

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.

Getting Started

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.

Taking Children

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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    2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Beautiful easy 14er hike. Extremely popular and busy however. We arrived at 5:30am and parking was already extending down the road to the trailhead and hundreds of people were on the trail. First mile or so is flat, then straight up for the rest of the hike. As an infrequent hiker it took about 2.5 hours to summit.
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    11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Beautiful hike through a lush willow covered valley with a small stream crossing (was able to stay dry by rock hopping across). The terrain is easy to navigate and seasoned hikers won’t fine this to be challenging. The most challenging part of this hike is the altitude and last 50 vertical feet to the summit on rocky terrain. This is a hike you want to do early in the morning in order to beat the crowds and afternoon storms.
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jchapell 3 years, 8 months ago
Mt. Bierstadt
<div style='width:200px;overflow:hidden;margin-bottom:5px;'>West Slopes<br><br><a target='_blank' href='http://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=bier1&peak=Mt.+Bierstadt'>View Route Description</a><br><br></div>
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opalaschak 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Dear lord bierdstadt run
Omg so fun. First mile is flat, second is steep and painful, last is rocky and a lil bouldering. Down is doable the whole way. Super crowded so go early.
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James Robberson 3 years, 11 months ago
Mount Bierstadt
Rating: 5.0 of 5.0 Difficulty: 4.5 of 5.0 Solitude: 1.0 of 5.0 Distance from Denver: 1.5 hours
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garionxv 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Track (8/22/19, 6:12:56AM)
2hr 10min to the top Counted 133 people on the way down
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