Mount Bierstadt from Guanella Pass

Trip Date:Mar-20-1999
Trailhead Name:Guanella Pass
Trailhead Elevation:11,670 Feet
Elevation Gain:2,400 Feet
Route Name:West Slopes
Round Trip Length:6.0 Miles
Trip Duration:7h 00m
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Mount Bierstadt

Elevation:14,060 Feet Mount Bierstadt
Rank:38th of 54
Range:Front
Here is a picture from Guanella Pass (elev. 11,650 ft) showing the West flank of Mt. Bierstadt. This is 'Sawtooth Ridge', which connects Mt. Bierstadt with Mt. Evans. Here is our route to the top. The entire route took approximately six hours, and was around 4 1/2 miles.
Here is a picture from Guanella Pass (elev. 11,650 ft) showing the West flank of Mt. Bierstadt. This is 'Sawtooth Ridge', which connects Mt. Bierstadt with Mt. Evans. Here is our route to the top. The entire route took approximately six hours, and was around 4 1/2 miles.
Here is Rick contemplating our summit attempt. Although it looks a short distance away, in reality it was a long haul up the slope. Here is Rick ascending the headwall, which consisted of snow, bare grassy patches, and rocky areas. Guanella Pass from high on the flank of Bierstadt. The small specks in the lower right are other snowshoers/climbers.
Here is Rick contemplating our summit attempt. Although it looks a short distance away, in reality it was a long haul up the slope. Here is Rick ascending the headwall, which consisted of snow, bare grassy patches, and rocky areas. Guanella Pass from high on the flank of Bierstadt. The small specks in the lower right are other snowshoers/climbers.
Here are three climbers we met on in the trip. They eventually caught up to us and joined us at the summit. Here is a picture of Torreys Peak (elev. 14, 267 ft.) and Grays Peak (elev. 14, 270 ft.), which are two 14er's that will show up on future Web pages. The three climbers we met decided to ascend the rocks, while Rick and I decided to take the traverse back to the Southwest Ridge. We met up at about the same time on the Ridge.
Here are three climbers we met on in the trip. They eventually caught up to us and joined us at the summit. Here is a picture of Torreys Peak (elev. 14, 267 ft.) and Grays Peak (elev. 14, 270 ft.), which are two 14er's that will show up on future Web pages. The three climbers we met decided to ascend the rocks, while Rick and I decided to take the traverse back to the Southwest Ridge. We met up at about the same time on the Ridge.
Rick and I finally reach the Col (saddle) on the Southwest Ridge after 3 1/2 hours of climbing. We are almost at the top. Here is final ascent to the summit from the Col. The summit is not visible in this picture. Here is Rick pausing at 13,800 feet. We had to take our snowshoes off earlier when the snow ran out.
Rick and I finally reach the Col (saddle) on the Southwest Ridge after 3 1/2 hours of climbing. We are almost at the top. Here is final ascent to the summit from the Col. The summit is not visible in this picture. Here is Rick pausing at 13,800 feet. We had to take our snowshoes off earlier when the snow ran out.
Looking down from the Col towards Frozen Lake. Rick at the summit. We are at 14,060 feet, which took us 4 hours. Here is the West flank of Mount Evans (elev. 14, 264 ft.) from Mt. Bierstadt.
Looking down from the Col towards Frozen Lake. Rick at the summit. We are at 14,060 feet, which took us 4 hours. Here is the West flank of Mount Evans (elev. 14, 264 ft.) from Mt. Bierstadt.
At the top, the Colorado Mountain Club has a climbing log which we all signed. This log was kept in a Tupperware container wedged between some rocks. Here I am at the top. It was pretty windy once we arrived at the summit. Proof of the ascent of Mount Bierstadt on March 20, 1999.
At the top, the Colorado Mountain Club has a climbing log which we all signed. This log was kept in a Tupperware container wedged between some rocks. Here I am at the top. It was pretty windy once we arrived at the summit. Proof of the ascent of Mount Bierstadt on March 20, 1999.
Here is the geological survey marker placed in 1955 on the summit of Bierstadt.
Here is the geological survey marker placed in 1955 on the summit of Bierstadt.