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4 hours ago

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Definitely a tough one with the snow! Make sure to have snow pants and waterproof boots through it. At some points you’ll be hiking through knee deep snow. The top is well worth it if you’re determined enough to get through!

First 14 for us. It was a beautiful day but there was a lot of snow on the ground. It was slippery on the way down. We got an early start and beat the crowds. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. The trail starts out very easy and starting before sunrise was great. The elevation was a factor for us near the top, but it’s a great hike.

Great 14er with some amazing views. Best as a sunrise summit.

Great climb. Went up 10/10/18, 3-6” of snow on the trail for the first 1.25miles. 1’ - 3’ feet! snow drifts from there on to the saddle. We were unable to make the peak due to conditions. Feet were soaked on the way down. 2hrs 50 mins up, 2hrs 10 mins down. Be smart. Be careful. We were the only car in the parking lot. Only ones out there.

My first 14er today at Mt.Bierstadt. It starts out not too bad, but I agree with these other comments, the elevation totally got to me and I felt like I had to stop constantly towards the steep part of the trail. Still feels like a great accomplishment! No mountain goats or any wildlife that we saw. Super windy at the top, so we did not stay long up there! With windchill I believe it was close to 15 degrees.

49th 14er, easy class 1 with amazing views of collegiate peaks. No scrambling towards the summit. Very good maintained trail. Start early to beat the crowds! Took me 5 hours round trip, started at 6am back to the vehicle at 11am. Spent only 10-15 mins at the summit.

we did this hike today and it wasn’t too bad. it was pretty easy as far as the trail goes, but then the elevation was kind of an issue when you got asthma. nothing a puff can’t fix tho jaja.

the wind was wicked at the summit so we didn’t spend a lot of time there. the views were worth the work and dealing with so many people.

18 days ago

I like this trail so much that I hiked it twice in one week. The views are stunning. Shared the trail at 13,000 ft. with a mountain goat

My 1st 14er definitely tough the views were amazing throughout. the winds were super chilly at the top. definitely layer, coming down we saw a couple of people with minimal clothing. Don't underestimate this hike and be prepared.

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19 days ago

So beautiful. We started at 10:30am and it took us about 6 hours. We had a little one on our backs so we took lots of snack/picnic breaks. Quite windy at the top so I recommend you dress accordingly.

Great day for a hike! Started later than normal- around 8:30. Parked on the road about 1/4 mile out from TH. Took ~2:15 to summit grays, ~45 to get to Torrey’s, and ~2 to get down. 5.5hrs total with 15min breaks at each summit. My GPS watch was closer to 8.5miles total. Gusty winds at times but I was prepared with layers. Trail wasn’t too busy and lots of friendly hikers. Definitely recommend a car with good clearance to get to TH- AWD. People were offering rides to those who parked further down the road or bottom.

This was my first 14er (and 2nd) so I was a tad nervous about the weather and altitude (being from Chicago where a 10 ft hill is a mountain!) but they were great! The winds did not start until you hit the switchbacks on Gray (wide open) and then ALL the way up the ascent on Torreys (25+ MPH is what I would venture to guess where I almost lost my phone numerous times "documenting" the hike). I was able to make it through with shorts, t-shirt base layer and a flannel, although, I put gloves on 3/4 up Gray and a hat for all of Torreys.

As mentioned, starts out slow, little steep, but nothing compared to what comes as you come around and see the "ants" walking up and down the mountain. It is good to be able to see the trail in the mountain and the goal always being in site. Was not very scenic for flowers and wildlife, the Aspens are still golden, but the views are SPECTACULAR!!! Could not believe how clear it was and the 360 panorama view.

I hit the Trail Head about 645am and had to park on the street. By the time I arrived back, 1030am, it was full with another 30-40+ cars! It took me under 4 hours to solo summit both but I may say that I was going at a brisk pace (did not feel that way) and I still took about 10 breaks for food, water and, of course, PHOTOS.

Beautiful trail with scenic views the entire way up and the entire way down. We started at 730 and ended around 330 for both 14ers (including many breaks). The first portion of the hike is a slight inclined walk through the valley where you can see chipmunks, bunnies, and marmot. Then you reach a more rocky area where the incline increases through many rounds of switch backs up to Gray’s peak. To get to Torrey’s, you walk down the back side of Gray’s for maybe 30 minutes before hitting a relatively straight, rocky incline to Torrey’s peak. This section of the hike is definitely the most difficult, but you can clearly see the end goal making it a great challenge with a rewarding ending. At the top of Torrey’s you can see 4 ski resorts, Pike’s Peak, Mt. Evans, and Mt. Bierstadt. Truly a great weekend hike that is 100% worth doing. Worst comes to worst, you do Gray’s and call it a day! Remember to bring plenty of water, food, and also something to make a sign with (i.e. cardboard) to commemorate the feat. Happy hiking!

Great hike. Very doable. The wind felt stronger than the 20mp forecast and really cold. beautifl blue sky sunny day though. By the time we summitted Grays my fingers really hurt and wouldn't work despite wearing gloves the whole time and I couldn't stop shivering. We started to go toward Torreys as I really wanted to do both while I was there, but it was so miserable with the wind whipping so I'll have to go back do Torrey's another time. It was spectacular views and great people on the trail. Just the right amount of company. I also lost my down puffer. It was stuffed in my friends outer pocket. looks like a black pillow on the side of the trail. lmk if you come across it. Thanks!

Great trail for the fall! Hiked to both summits with 2 other 30-year old girl friends. We stopped for maybe a total of 1 1/2 hours to eat lunch, drink a beer, relax, and it took just under 8 including that. We live in the high Rockies, but the altitude way at the top still made it difficult to breathe. Towards the very top of each it's really steep but definitely doable.

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22 days ago

Got there at 7am on a Tuesday (9/26) and there were still plenty of parking spots. Wasn’t crowded at all. Make sure you bring a wind breaker, gloves, a hat, and plenty of water. 2liters was just enough to get me through the last stretch on the way back. Trail is well mAintained. Saw big horn sheep and mountain goats while I was up there! Started at 7:30 and I reached the summit at 10:30. I’m coming from below sea level so I took a lot of breaks to catch my breath. The hike wasn’t too hard in my opinion, but I’m in shape and exercise regularly.

Great hike with amazing views from the summit. It is a long hike with false summits. Just keep hiking until you can see 360 deg panorama view (also you can tell it’s the peak). Took 4 hrs up and 2 coming down(had poles which saves an hr coming down!!) poles also save time on climb also!! Once you get out of the forest , the views are great the whole way to the top ! There was snow on top of mt and it was windy and cold so take layers! I was surprised there was not a rock scramble to the peak. There is a good trail from the base to the peak which makes this 14’r easier from technical standpoint than most. It is a long hike but not very difficult . I left at 7 am and didn’t see but 1 person going up. Coming down I saw 20 plus! If you want solitude, go early!!
Fun 14’r- take plenty of water and good shoes as it is a long hike! My gps showed just shy of 10 miles but vertical is just short of 4500’ which is a full day

All in all a great hike! We started at 5:45 am on a Friday and about 5 vehicles at the trailhead. It was a brisk 35 degrees at start and 20 mph winds around 12,000 ft and up to both summits . Around noon it warmed up just in time for our decent. The highs were in the low 50s but felt warmer. Took us about 8 hours to complete both Grays and Torreys. My friend and I are in our 50’s but both in decent physical shape and we conditioned ourselves for about a month with several high altitude hikes before we tackled this one! This hike was difficult breathing once we got up to 13,000 ft and I did have slight altitude sickness. My recommendation would be to replenish fluids with plenty electrolytes and make sure your munching something throughout even if your body doesn’t feel the urge. We met up with mostly young hikers (20,s and 30’s). Thought the trail would never end coming down . Recommend using poles as some of the mountain had steps as high or higher than my knee height (I’m 5’4”) All in all an awesome day!

Got to parking lot about 6:20AM. Only about 6 other cars were there. Temperature was 26 degrees F. Got to trail head at 6:30AM. I started out strong. Made it to 12000 elevation by 7:30 and 13000 feet by about 9AM. Then things became very difficult because of the altitude and my 70 year old legs. Also trail was hard to follow at the 13250 feet point. Finally headed back about 10AM with the peak in sight about 1/2 mile away but with about 750 feet more elevation to go.

Legs were very rubbery on way back. The trip down took as long as the trip up because of tired legs trying to negotiate the snow.and ice covered steps and rocks. Managed to fall a couple of times including a dip in the creek crossing on the way back.

The hike was much more difficult than I thought it would be. Finally 7 hours later at 1:30PM, made it back to car. I'm still glad I did this for as you may have heard, if something doesn't kill you it makes you stronger.

FYI, I'm a 70 year old male using wife's account.

I read the reviews mentioning needing an AWD or 4WD vehicle to get to the trailhead, while I saw some sedans up there, I wouldn't recommend it. We camped the night before (because we read about the parking situation) and started at 4:30am. Summited Grays around 7 and Torreys around 8. Made it back to the tent by 10am. Easy hike, beautiful views. Definitely recommend!

Great hike. Very fun and beatiful for my first 14er!

As part of an Outward Bound course, I carried a 65 pound pack over the top of Mt Elbert, as we did not return the route we ascended. That was 38 years ago. I plan to try it again as a day hike at age 65.

Hiked on September 7th. Got there at 6:15 and the parking lot was half full. Started at 6:30 with temperatures of 40 degrees. We didn't realize the parking lot was so far from the base. It took us 4 hours to hike up as we aren't used to the elevation (we're from Texas), and it was the hardest thing we've ever done. Finally getting up there we spent 45minutes up at the top eating sandwiches we made and drinking a celebratory beer. Only saw Marmots roaming around the top, but they were fun to watch. Definitely one for the books. Go early for good parking, be courteous of other hikers (a lot are friendly, just say hi) and pack a lunch!

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25 days ago

1st 14er so no comparison available. I had fun and the trail was well marked until the scramble at the end; fortunately there were enough people on the trail to get an idea of where the best path was.

Prius made it to the upper parking lot with careful driving. Lot was full by about 630am. Hike was nice. Trail is well kept. Did both peaks, took about 7.5hrs with a doggo.

Mt. Bierstadt was the perfect fall hike! The scenery was beautiful, but it did get quite cold at the top so bring layers, gloves, and a hat. We arrived Sunday 9/23 at 7 am and had to park on the side of the road just outside of the parking lot. It took us 2 hours to summit and about 1.5 hours to descend. Would recommend this hike to anyone interested in climbing their first 14er.

It was my first 14’er so I have to give it 5 ⭐️’s! My bff and I started out on the hike at 8am and finished around 4pm on 9/14. We took our time, rested a lot, and stayed at the top for 30-45 mins. The day was perfect. Blue skies, good sun. You could see Pikes Peak and Long’s Peak along with many other 14’ers. The hike across the meadow was easy. The hike up and over scree and boulders was a challenge. Cairns were everywhere so it was hard to pick out a good path. Nevertheless, the views were gorgeous and we both were elated over our accomplishment.

9/22/18 - Wonderful views everywhere! Most of hike is above tree line. Trail somewhat marked mixed with trail searching/finding.

hiking
25 days ago

This was my “3rd” 14er (did Quandary twice) and I loved it! I am 38, in decent shape but from Kansas City, so not used to the altitude. I flew into to Denver 3 days prior and did a 5 mile hike to 12,000 ft the day before to help acclimate. We arrived at 6:45 am on Saturday, had to park on the road just a few steps from the parking lot. Two tour buses parked just before us and let 40+ people out, among all the other cars arriving at the same time. But the trail was quite wide so it didn’t feel crowded. We were able to keep our own pace most of the time and didn’t have to stop to let people pass or take turns with people coming down. My friend and I reached the summit in 3 hours, while enjoying lots of breaks and chats with people we met along the trail. We spent a good 45 minutes at the top with all the other people there - it was a very friendly crowd! I found most of the trail to be significantly easier and much more scenic than Quandary, and though there were a lot more cars than I saw at Quandary, it didn’t feel as crowded. There is a boulder scramble at the top that was fun and a definite change of pace. Good to use the whole body and mind after smoking my legs and lungs up to that point. I didn’t use my trekking poles very much up or down - it just wasn’t as steep to need them, but they took the edge off in a few areas. We thoroughly enjoyed this trail and would definitely do it again!

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