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    Alex MacGregor added Mt. Bierstadt

    about 1 year ago

    Alex MacGregor reviewed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I started at 4:30 am on Sunday 10/29 to avoid the other hoards of hikers. Around 12,000 feet snow starts to cover the trail. It's pretty packed down and icy so I advise spikes/crampons. Gaiters might not be a bad idea because you will likely lose the trail due to the snow and you may fall in up to your ankles. The snow really doesn't get much worse towards the top. I peaked just as the sunrise edged over the mountains to the east and it was quite windy. I wore an arc'teryx atom LT hoodie over a base layer and a midweight shirt and I was fine until the top. I had to put on my warm parka over everything and cover my face as well as put my hood up. It's cold. It's nearly November. But it's totally doable and I love having the trail to myself. Would definitely recommend hitting this peak before it gets too snowy!

    Alex MacGregor completed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Alex MacGregor added Bierstadt

    about 1 year ago

    Alex MacGregor reviewed Emerald Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    There still isn't much snow up there. There were a few places on the way down that were slippery on the steps. Bring crampons just in case but it's manageable. Bear lake trail parking lot was icy, I saw several people fall (they were wearing tennis shoes though). Once you get to the lake it's pretty windy and cold so don't plan on staying very long unless you have very warm gear. It was in the high 20's most of the way up. If you're moving you won't be cold.

    Alex MacGregor completed Emerald Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago