Mount Bierstadt

  • Mount Bierstadt
  • 4285 m.
  • Primary factor 219 m.
  • 38th in Colorado
  • Location: North 39:34.956, West 105:40.127
  • Climbed October 15, 2000.


How to get there: A good starting point is Guanella Pass. To drive there, take I-70 west from Denver to the small village Georgestown. The road up to Guanella Pass starts in the southern end of town, there are many signs directing the driver to Guanella Pass. The road is paved about half way to a reservoir and a power transformation site, from there the road is a good quality dirt road. There are a couple of large parking areas just before the road reaches its highest point.
Route description: From the parking area a well marked trail leads gently downhill through the willows. The trail is easily visible and even contains considerable stretches of wooden walkways to avoid muddy sections. After crossing a small creek the trail gently climbs the slope of Mount Bierstadt. This route is very easy, partly because of the small elevation gain due to the elevation of Guanella Pass at 3357m.
Comments: Pål Jørgen, age 11 and I arrived from Boulder around 0930. The weather was just fantastic. We hiked to the summit in about 2 hours and 15 minutes. From there we continued across the Sawtooth Ridge in order to climb Mount Evans (see description under Evans).