Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Mt. Bierstadt 14,060ft, Mt. Evans Wilderness Area

Mt. Bierstadt 14,060ft - West Slope Route
Mount Evans Wilderness, Pike National Forest

Date Hiked: Sept. 2007

Distance: 7 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 2,850ft
Elevation Min/Max: 11,669 to 14,060ft
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service

Fee: None

U.S. Forest Service Mt. Bierstadt Trail Webpage West Slopes Route Page

Directions:  The trailhead is located on Guanella Pass.  From Denver, take I-70 W to Georgetown.  Once in Georgetown follow the signs to Guanella Pass, the road is paved all the way to the pass and the trailhead.

This was my first CO 14er and one of my first hikes in Colorado.  There is not much to say other than this hike rocks!  It is widely known as the easiest 14er which is still a very strenuous hike.  The rewards are worth every breathless step.  The view from the top is wonderful because you can see all the tourists on Mt. Evans and you get a great view of the sawtooth ridge and Abyss Lake.  This hike makes for a great introduction to hiking 14ers and one of the best bang-for-your-buck hikes in the Front Range.

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