Summary: This route is very straight forward and can be seen in its entirety from the trailhead. From the trailhead follow the managed trail through the Willows. Failing to stick with the main path can cost hours of fighting willows. After the willows you will cross a stream and start your way up a series of switchbacks through some heavy bushes. After ascending a steep face you will then work your way up to the ridge on Beirstadts broad west face. After reaching the ridge there is a short steep climb to the summit.
Trailhead: Take the Georgetown Exit (228) off of I-70. Turn east onto 15th Street. Turn south (right) onto Rose Street. Rose Street will become Guanella Pass Road at the South end of town. Follow this road all the way to Guanella Pass (approx 10 miles). There will be a large parking area on the left (east) side of the road. Park here. (Lat:39.59507 Lon:-105.71091)
Trail Guides for Mount Bierstadt:
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Clear Creek Ranger Station 303-567-3000
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by NTS on 8/19/2012
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Reviewed by KAO on 7/5/2012
My first 14er and did little training. Found it fairly difficult with steep incline for about 1.5 miles to reach the summit. You have to be able to boulder to the top of the summit... wear good shoes and have your hands free. Great views and lots of people...
Reviewed by k.a.a. on 12/12/2011
Guanella Pass Road is open only seasonally. . . attempted to hike Bierstadt on 12/12/11 and was told the road closes every year for the winter! I would only attempt in summer, spring or fall. . . will have to be back!
Reviewed by CH on 8/21/2011
All hiking guides say this is a great hike for beginners. If you're looking into doing Bierstadt, the one great thing is that you can see the summit from the beginning and pretty much the whole way. Conversely, you can see your car where you parked and how far BACK you will have to get on your own. HOWEVER, nobody seems to say that you will have to boulder & rock scramble up very steep the last 200ft or so (my estimate). You are gaining 2,000ft in elevation over about 3 miles. This is like setting a treadmill (with rocks on it) at the 15 level of incline for 3 miles. All this to say, with the altitude especially, be very aware that the physically most difficult part of the hike will be the last part, and that last part might be too much.
Reviewed by Dennis on 7/11/2011
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Reviewed by Noel on 9/13/2010
Climbed 9/11/10. Beautiful, clear day...temps varied during the hike with chilly wind in the afternoon. Started on trail at 8am, kept a slow, but steady pace and reached the summit around noon. The boardwalks at the start of the hike were helpful for I'm certain it would be a little sloppy walking through the marshes. The boulders are a little of a challenge, but very doable. Worth the hike for the spectacular views from the summit.
Reviewed by bigdaddyo on 8/23/2008
Climbed 8/21/08. Clear beautiful day - not a cloud in sight. 38 degrees at noon on the summit. Snow near 13,500' made the going up a little slower, but coming down it was melting and made the trail very slippery and wet - the trail is the streambed. Be advised that road construction between Georgetown and Guanella Pass causes delays and the road is completely closed from 9-11 and 1-3 every day.
Reviewed by cb on 7/30/2008
Made it to the summit on 7-28-08 around 12:15 and the thunderstorms were all around. I realize that starting at 9 am was a little too late for a Texas native to beat the weather. Storms were brewing by noon all six days I spent in Colorado. If you are not from Colorado, I recommend staying in Georgetown at least one night before to get acclimated. (The Rose Street Bed and Breakfast was incredible and is located at the corner where you turn from town onto Guanella Pass Road.) Views were incredible!!
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