Mount Bierstadt

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One of the easiest 14ers to climb in Colorado- provided you ascend the west slope. The east face is very steep and has a great class 3 SE ridge climb. The mountain is heavily climbed due to exceptionally easy access. Best time to climb is winter when snow covers willows and cold keeps the crowds home! An easy, pink granite peak on the Front Range of Colorado. Overshadowed by its slightly taller (14,263') cousin, Mount Evans. Easiest accessibility is from Guanella Pass (11,769'), where there is a dirt parking lot. The standard climb goes up the northwest ridge, to the west shoulder at 13,600'. The last 460' to the summit is a boulder-hop, but I wouldn't consider it a scramble.

Elevation (feet): 14,060
Elevation (meters): 4,286
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Front Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.5828
Longitude: -105.668
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Dec
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Georgetown, CO

Thanks to Ken Whittenburg for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 82 trip reports for Mount Bierstadt.

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  • Log #22477 - by tkeusch21 on Aug 08, 2014
    Hey friends, As some people know, I recently went on a trip to Colorado to go hiking. The plan was to climb Mt Bierstadt. This mountain is one of the 14ers in Colorado. (A 14er is a mountain with...
  • Log #21373 - by Jason LaSuzzo on Aug 10, 2008
    Summitted Mount Bierstadt on August 10th 2008 with my girfriend Denise and good friend Blane. It was Denise's 1st 14er of what now appears to be many more to come. Though a bit crowded, we were happy...
  • Log #20990 - by Joern Unnerup on Aug 30, 2007
    We are a couple and went from Guanella Pass very at 0600 am. Nice weather. Trail was very good all the way to the top and easy to find. Reached the top at 0815 am.
  • Log #20832 - by James & Ali Reid on June 18, 2007
    We climbed the mountain on June 10th with two of us, and then a group of six on the 17th. The consensus was spring is not the best time of year for this mountain. There isn't a bridge over the...
  • Log #20671 - by Mark and Heidi Bowdich on Feb 20, 2007
    Went the hard rout from half way up Evans down into the valley between it and Biestadt. No marked trail (the trail is not on the current maps, we had an old outdated one). Were origionally going to...
  • Log #20607 - by Jim Young on Jan 17, 2007
    Some bushwacking through the willows from Guanella pass. Some fun boulder hoping near the summit. Wonderfull vista of Flattop, Gray's and Torrey's to the west.
  • Log #20415 - by Scott Wesemann on Oct 02, 2006
    This was my fourth 14er in as many days. Went solo, as my nephew was trying to recover from the previous couple of climbs. It was windy and cold on top, but the views were perfect. I will be back to...
  • Log #20365 - by Karen Wonderly on Sep 27, 2006
    This was a great hike! The weather was perfect, the people we met along the trail were all nice and friendly, and the view was great. Start early though and take lots of water. I saw many people...
  • Log #20263 - by David Ching, Sean Ladd and Eth Fuld on Aug 26, 2006
    This was the first 14er that David and Sean climbed while Ethan has other 14er's under his belt. The weather was beautiful and there were not a lot of people on the mountain. For the first timers, it...
  • Log #19174 - by Jeff Fox on Feb 17, 2006
    Good day, it was my first 14er! Went with a buddy. I've never seen so many people on a mountain in my life! There were easily over 200 people on the trail and around 80+ on the summit! I don't...
  • Log #18854 - by Nelson on Feb 14, 2006
    Summited the peak in late August. The durration of the climb was either rainy or snowy and this sent alot of unprepared hikers back to thier cars.
  • Log #9481 - by Thomas Kovacs on Nov 07, 2004
    This was my first 14er ever, and I climbed it when I was 11 years old. My dad and I camped near Scott Gomer Creek between Geneva Mountain and Bierdstadt and then hiked up the South Slope.
  • Log #9483 - by joseph Caulkins on Aug 23, 2004
    I did this peak after Grays and Torreys the previous day and was dragging a little more than I would have thought. This seemed to be a class 2+ to me. The final boulder scramble was great, just too...
  • Log #9484 - by Grant Chesbro on Aug 23, 2004
    My fourth peak summitted and then went on to do the sawtooth and evans in the same day.
  • Log #9485 - by tony mayers on July 18, 2004
    start early take high carb high energy foods travel light and bring plenty of water.on the way down watch it the trail is very slick in places . great hike loved it secound fourteener.
  • Log #9486 - by Christian Montiel on July 17, 2004
    I'm only 10!!
  • Log #9488 - by Loren Cheuvront on July 12, 2004
    We started the climb at 7:10 and reached the summit at 10:40. I had 4 companions with me. The weather was beautiful and the sun popping in out of the clouds made it not too hot and not too cold. We...
  • Log #9489 - by Karen on July 11, 2004
    Yeah baby- I CONQUERED the mountain that almost conquered me back in November (read earlier entry). I felt great! Funny how truly easy this mountain really is when the weather cooperates with you!!!
  • Log #9490 - by Nicholas Rains on June 24, 2004
    It was a warm, beautiful day except for the strong winds. Depending on location on the trail, it felt either 60 degrees Fahrenheit or a below freezing wind chill. I left at 11 am, and I was the last...
  • Log #9491 - by Bert Verstraete on June 17, 2004
    About 75 cars and 250 People at Guanella Pass... 30 people on the summit at 10:30 AM
  • Log #9492 - by Karen on June 16, 2004
    We started the day in an all-out-snow-white out... couldn't see a thing, but it was calm & quiet, so we started the ascent (4 of us). At Approx. 200 feet from the top, negative 50 degree weather...
  • Log #9493 - by amanda barry and matt hoffman on May 11, 2004
    The most amazing day on the most amazing mountain.
  • Log #9494 - by Jordan Clay on Dec 03, 2003
    Tough day. Flew into Denver from Illinois and immediately drove to Guanella pass. The road from Georgetown was plowed and only snow-packed in a few areas. There were high wind warnings for all passes...
  • Log #9495 - by Greg Stephenson on Sep 08, 2003
    Started from Summit Lake and ascended to Mt. Spaulding. From there, we traversed to the Sawtooth Ridge starting point. Traversed the Sawtooth and summitted Bierstadt for the second time.
  • Log #9496 - by Scott Rabun on Sep 05, 2003
    Beautiful day! Cloudy, cool, snow and rain.
  • Log #9497 - by Justin Sterger on Aug 15, 2003
    My first winter ascent of a 14er. Great hike, we snowshoed part way up, but didn't need them once we made it past the willows. Thrilling to be ascending a 14er in the quiet dead of winter, while most...
  • Log #9498 - by Erin O'Brien on Aug 10, 2003
    Having grown up in Atlanta and spent all of my life at sea-level or near sea-level, my foray into mountain climbing in Colorado after having only been there for three days had much more of an impact...
  • Log #9499 - by Joe and Ryan Leto on Aug 10, 2003
    Brought our "couch potato" dog-a 4 year old shiba Enau (or miniature Akita) and were shocked to learn what a great climber-leader she was. This is the start of new adventures with Mia, the...
  • Log #9500 - by Jonathan Stevens on Aug 02, 2003
    A great peak to climb! We summitted around 10:30am after leaving the trailhead around 7:30am. Don't be deceived by the closeness of the peak from the parking lot. A very busy day on the mountain......
  • Log #9501 - by Art Mann on July 24, 2003
    Finished the day with the Sawtooth ridge to Evens. Did it with Andrew and his girlfriend but her name is excaping me at the moment. Mistake to climb it on the Forth. Everyone and their mother was up...
  • Log #9502 - by Robin Turner on July 07, 2003
    "Easy" if any fourteener can be called that. Guenella Pass was alot farther away from I70 than expected, so we were a little late getting started. Kinda muddy this year due to the snow, but...
  • Log #9503 - by Michael Verdone on June 29, 2003
    A friend and I started around 1030am from on of the switch backs on Evans. We hike down to the Abyse lake side of Bierdstadt and we summited an hour and a half after we left the car. We then took the...
  • Log #9504 - by Russell Harding on June 05, 2003
    Good Hike. Trail through willows was very muddy, with small patches of snow and ice. from 13,000 to the summit was about 50% shallow snowfields. Road was open to the parking lot on guanella pass. ...
  • Log #9505 - by Richard K. Macko on May 16, 2003
    Hiked this mountain my 3rd 14er'early am. in eight hours from Guanella Pass. Had to work a 4pm to 12 midnight shift later that day.
  • Log #9506 - by Ryan Badtke on Jan 04, 2003
    This was the 2nd time summiting Bierstadt, but My first 14er winter ascent. I went off trail for a while in deep snow, but my snowshoes worked great. At the summit I met 3 other people from Morrison,...
  • Log #9507 - by amber beasley on Jan 03, 2003
    This was my first 14'er having lived on the flat plains of Kansas all of my life. I recommend camping the night before. The stars are magnificent.
  • Log #9508 - by Deborah Fronsdahl on Dec 30, 2002
    Definitely my favorite 14er so far; loved the boardwalk and the wildflowers. Anxiously looking forward to a winter attempt.
  • Log #9509 - by Trish Conlon on Sep 24, 2002
    Beautiful. What great trail work has been done. Thanks to all the people who made the willows bearable. This was #4 for me
  • Log #9510 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Sep 23, 2002
    Did the simple walk-up from Guanella Pass, but ran the Sawtooth over to Mt. Evans afterward. A beautiful, sunny late summer day. Was _very_ disappointed to find to physical register on the summit,...
  • Log #9511 - by Ryan Badtke on Sep 18, 2002
    Easy Climb, summited in 2 hours from Guanella Pass.
  • Log #9512 - by Daniel Fortun on Sep 04, 2002
    camped a little above 12,000 and got ou the next morning-- did Evans as well. Long hike over from Sawtooth Ridge!
  • Log #9513 - by Vaso Bjegovich on Sep 02, 2002
    It is a very beautiful hike that takes about 2 hours. It stands beside the sawtooth ridge which is really a beautiful view.
  • Log #9514 - by Mark Manausa on Sep 02, 2002
    We climbed the South face from the lake. A very difficult climb with loads of loose rock. A great technical climb none the less...
  • Log #9515 - by Larry Mergentime on Aug 23, 2002
    This was our first 14'r. Easy climb although the walk through the willows was a bit tedious. Great views at top, especially of Evans. Perfect weather.
  • Log #9516 - by Bob Baxter on Aug 01, 2002
    My son and I summited Bierstadt today on August 1, 2002. This makes 14er #9 for me and #3 for my son. 14ers always take me a long time. I'm usually the first person on the trail and one of the last...
  • Log #9518 - by Charles Liu on July 18, 2002
    The hike from Guanella Pass was a easy and pleasant walk. They built wooden boardwalks through the Willows in the direction of Bierstadt, so the Willows weren't a problem at all. After summitting...
  • Log #9519 - by Dwayne Turnbow on May 06, 2002
    Great climb! Summitted on July 4th with one of my college sons, Stuart. It was our 2nd 14er. We're flatlanders and with no training beforehand, we were definitely hurting by the time we got to the...
  • Log #9520 - by Dale Troup on Mar 02, 2002
    Be prepared for mud a foot deep in the willows and marshes. I used army surplus rubber boots and pulled them up around my hiking boots to get through the mud.
  • Log #9521 - by Mike Dodson on Feb 18, 2002
    Easy walkup with no difficulty finding route to summit. After 3 minutes on summit, two fighter jets passed between Bierstadt and Evans at eye level, less than 100 yds away and banked at a 90 degree...
  • Log #9522 - by Chad Griffith on Nov 29, 2001
    Hiked from Gunella to conquer my first 14ner. I radioed the rest of my group and they were already down on the sawtooth, so I made an attept to catch them. The Sawtooth was definitely interesting...
  • Log #9523 - by Andrew Huttner on Nov 11, 2001
    Night before was first major snowfall in area (so I was told). Once I got to trailhead at pass, I broke trail to summit. Ski Poles were absolutely essential. Most beautiful of days.
  • Log #9524 - by Jonathan Cheifitz on Sep 06, 2001
    My first trip to Colorado and my first fourteener. Im 16 and ready for more. In a few years I hope to be attending coledge in colorado and climbing my heart out. I had a great time.
  • Log #9525 - by Aaron Batte on Aug 26, 2001
    I have to admit I was a little weary about these summits (Evans & Bierstadt), being so close to the Front Range, they are of course very popular with day climbers. And, even worse Evans has a road...
  • Log #9526 - by Joseph M. Cheben on Aug 03, 2001
    My son, Sean, and I summited Mt. Bierstadt on July 29th. Straight forward easy climb - beautiful. The best part was the last bit - the scramble to the top.
  • Log #9527 - by Stephanie Rocha on July 23, 2001
    The hike was wonderful! Just remember to take your time and enjoy the view!
  • Log #9528 - by BJ Bjorklund on June 21, 2001
    Summited from Guanella Pass Trailhead. Ascent was easy and fast. The descent was hard and slow. The weather warmed up just enough to make the snow too soft to support climbers.
  • Log #9529 - by Ian A. Johnson on June 20, 2001
    My Grandfather's ashes were flown from this peak. All of my uncles and my father had to hike up to do it. Some of my uncles aren't young and aren't in shape. This is a peak anyone can, and anyone...
  • Log #9530 - by Paul Gaudio on May 15, 2001
    An unusual calm, sunny day at the top. An absolute must hike for anyone who is considering it. The view is worth the effort, but BEWARE of the willows! Going up in the morning was no problem, but...
  • Log #9531 - by Christopher Dorry on Feb 23, 2001
    Robert, Ann Marie, and Shawn Dorry also summited on this day. A beautiful, and enjoyable 14er. I thought it was fairly easy climb.
  • Log #9532 - by Brian Ward on Jan 25, 2001
    Hit the Guanella Pass trailhead just before dawn, and went up the standard trail - the new "trail" through the marshy area makes it much more agreeable, I'm sure. Easiest 14er hike to date...
  • Log #9533 - by keevan on Jan 08, 2001
    Took 6.5 hours round trip due to losing the trail to snow a couple of times. Missed the "winter shortcut".
  • Log #9534 - by Peter Gram on Dec 20, 2000
    The willows are a lot more pleasant with the new trail!
  • Log #9536 - by Morgan Brown on Dec 19, 2000
    I didn't expect to be doing a winter climb in late September, but that's how it shook out! On the night of 23 September, the Front Range received between 8 and 12 inches of snow at high elevation. I...
  • Log #9538 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #9540 - by Scott Kramer on Aug 15, 2000
    I hope the trail is nice and wide now because I helped work on rerouting it.
  • Log #9541 - by Ellyn Lindquist on Aug 15, 2000
    The trail is wonderful. Everyone said "Watch out for the willows" but there are wooden bridges built now. A big bonus!
  • Log #9542 - by Chuck Vandenberg on Aug 15, 2000
    A gorgeous hike, took 5-1/2 hrs round trip with a number of little breaks. Despite numerous warnings about slogging through "the willows", the trail now has wooden bridges and logs making...
  • Log #9543 - by Jon Bradford on July 05, 2000
    busy trail. summited with Matt, Melissa, and Jax the dog. beautiful day. 7th fourteener.
  • Log #9544 - by Mark Chase on July 04, 2000
    The willows were no problem due to a lot of snow. A real work out for a guy over 50 but a fantastic reward once on summit! This was my first fourteener and I guarantee I'll be back soon to climb her...
  • Log #9545 - by Mark Chase on July 04, 2000
    The willows were no problem due to a lot of snow. A real work out for a guy over 50 but a fantastic rewward once on summit! This was my first fourteener and I guarantee I'll be back soon to climb her...
  • Log #9547 - by Robert Norris on Feb 10, 2000
    A nice day for bushwhacking through the willows.
  • Log #9548 - by Kevin on Feb 06, 2000
    Good first 14er, I'm hooked for life. Watch the willows and you'll be alright.
  • Log #9549 - by Christian on Jan 17, 2000
    Hit the willows well north, and they won't be a problem (in the winter anyway). Don't let the easy gradual slope look of the mountain from the base fool you.. it's a heck of a hike in the winter.
  • Log #9550 - by Craig Ayler on Jan 15, 2000
    Because of the close proxemity to Denver I usually climb Bierstadt in early summer and early fall. It is a great warm up for THE SEASON and a good closure. I love the views and I've met a number of...
  • Log #9551 - by Michael Jake on Dec 17, 1999
    Awesome across the Sawtooth ridge from the summit! Couldn't ask for a more beautiful day in Nov.
  • Log #9552 - by Ken Hege on Nov 28, 1999
    I left my truck open, when I returned there was a Pitka in my truck
  • Log #9553 - by Dan Mottinger on Sep 14, 1999
    Went across the Sawtooth with plenty of snow and exposure, then to mount Evans
  • Log #9554 - by Ken Whittenburg on Sep 08, 1999
    2nd time summitting- this time via Bierstadt's exposed class 4 SE ridge. This is an absolutely fantastic climb- plentiful and solid handholds with 1000' of exposure- a rare combination in the CO...
  • Log #9555 - by Izzy Grossinger on Aug 24, 1999
    Summitted in winter of 98 as a training climb for Mt. Rainier. Snowshoed through the famous willows Climbing partner's quote: "boy, this really is a sea of willows". Took 2 hours more than...
  • Log #9556 - by Jeff Springer on Aug 18, 1999
    summitted both bierstadt and evans via the sawtooth ridge. kinda of sketchy due to exposure.
  • Log #9557 - by Curtis Cozier on July 29, 1999
    Much more fun in the winter... no willows! Very cold and windy as *&^#! but still fun easy hike. Planned sawtooth, but too windy.. next time!
  • Log #9558 - by Debby Richman on July 26, 1999
    Beat the willows, which were still covered with snow. However my 1pm start was too late because one inevitably sinks through snow to willows. Still a fun ascent of under four hours, and relatively...