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    Robert C. Morris added apex

    15 days ago

    Robert C. Morris added apex

    about 1 month ago

    Robert C. Morris added apex trail

    about 1 month ago

    Robert C. Morris completed Castle Peak

    3 months ago

    Robert C. Morris added Castle Peak

    3 months ago

    Robert C. Morris saved Castle Peak

    3 months ago

    Robert C. Morris added Elk Falls

    3 months ago

    Robert C. Morris reviewed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    4 months ago

    Bierstadt is a relatively easy hike but you’re covering a lot of territory and gaining a lot of altitude, so it’s challenging. The wind we had to deal with ALL day, made it even more so. I’m guessing the gusts were in the 40-50mph range. And it was cold. We started off with an extra layer and a rain/wind jacket, then as we warmed up the base layer came off, but it came back on as we got to the top. We wore our hat and gloves the entire time, too. And, we weren’t alone.

    There was a frost on the foot bridges which made it a little challenging crossing but by the time we summited, all the frost was gone. We did see a few people who weren’t bundled up, but they said they didn’t come prepared.

    We got to the trailhead at 7:00am and there were only a few cars there. (It was a Monday.) We didn’t see a lot of people - only a dozen groups or so. It took us three hours to summit and 2.5 to descend. Both of those numbers are good.

    Robert C. Morris added Mt. Bierstadt

    4 months ago

    Robert C. Morris added Grays Peak

    4 months ago

    Robert C. Morris reviewed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    6 months ago

    We arrived at the trailhead at 7:15 on Wednesday and there were maybe 10 cars there and we only saw about 30-40 people all day.

    The trail is very dry, which is too bad. We need lots of rain!

    It was a beautiful hike. It’s not a difficult one in the category as a whole, but it is a 14er. The last push up to the summit requires some level of skill to get over the boulders, but not technical skill.

    One couple brought up a sign for their photo op and left it for “anyone else to use.” It’s obvious they aren’t familiar with Leave No Trace. We took it down for them.

    It got very windy towards the summit and I was glad to have an extra layer and a hat and gloves.

    We weren’t in any hurry and took exactly five hours to go up and back. (Three up and two down.)