Mount Bierstadt and The Sawtooth Loop is a 8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Georgetown, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.0 miElevation gain3,166 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingSnowshoeingViewsWildlifeMuddyRockyScrambleOff trailNo shade
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5292500. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, users have reported that the scrambling after The Sawtooth can be very dangerous for them. The hike up Bierstadt is fairly easy however the crossing of The Sawtooth will take you on a very intense class 3 scramble.

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Jenn Voss
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Jenn Voss
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Tabitha Miller
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RJ L
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It’s definitely a spicy class 3. The winds today was insane, even without it’s still a class 3+ or 4. On the way down, it’s a serious descent. Trekking poles! Once you get down, it’s super muddy, so be prepared to get dirty. I used my Suunto 9 Baro from the trailhead parking lot and it recorded 10.90 miles and 8,525 of gains. That includes all the up and downs. Just a FYI

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Paul Davenport
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Abbie Rooney
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HikingFloodedGreat!

Got a little off route. More like a Class 4, oops! Fun challenge though. Felt safe enough- I’m pretty agile. Helmet next time. Some college kids almost sent a rock fall down on me. The waterfall coming down Evans is WORTH THE STOP. Recharge there in the grass, have your last snack before hitting the marsh. Bring your water shoes. Definitely glad I did.

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Megan Taylor
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Hayley Burke
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Such a beautiful day and hike. Get there early if doing on a weekend! 545am lot was full

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Gavin Gray
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The hike up Bierstadt is easy. Personally, I didn’t find the Sawtooth challenging, but I wish it was longer. The distance from the Sawtooth to Evans feels a lot longer than it is. The gully isn’t hard to find if you know what to look for. A gully is a water-worn ravine, so look for the lowest spot. Don’t underestimate the gully. The willows weren’t too bad with how dry it currently is, but the gully is really hard on the knees and I had more than a few “oh sh*t” moments.

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Alex Michaelson
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Jimmy Chen
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Ashley hooper
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Hard to find the trail coming down Evans and Sawtooth. The initial descent down Evans was all steep scree. The mud at the bottom of Evans was deep and disgusting. Bierstadt, as always, was amaZing, but very crowded. Also, took about 10.5 hours and we usually complete hikes in the average time shown on AllTrails, so not sure what happened.

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Reba Timothy
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Nigel Duncan
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Jeff Lorber
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The ascend to Bierstadt was great, the sawtooth was difficult but amazing, the descent down the valley SUCKS! Down the rock valley is bad enough with the pitch and all the loose rock. Then the last couple miles is through really dense thicket and just mud trails that you can sink to your knees in regularity.

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Linus Schmitz
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Very fun hike however the route is very exposed in multiple areas along sawtooth ridge. Would not suggest if you have no prior experience with class 3 climbing.

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Jessica Savage
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Loved the Sawtooth- only reason I would go out of my way to do Bierstadt! Fun route and not crowded once getting off the peak.

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Mark Federschmidt
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I’m glad I finished this hike and crossed it off the list but definitely would not go out of my way to do it again. The Mt. Bierstadt portion was great and even the Sawtooth was good but after that it just stretched on and on it felt like. The hike down was a lot of scramble but nothing terrible, the bushwhacking was easy and rarely had to push anything completely out of the way, the mud...just be ok with getting dirty. Several times I was up to my knees.

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Sean Lowry
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The hike up to Bierstadt went very well; the trail was easily visible and displayed. From sawtooth to Evans, it was not as evident where the trail was exactly. The last stretch coming down from Evans was very steep and loose. Beautiful view at the base of the mountain with a couple of waterfalls and ponds. The rest of the hike from that point was extremely wet, muddy, and overgrown. It baffles me as to why the trail was taken through the swamp instead of through the tree line. Luckily there was a spot to clean the mud off of our legs and shoes about a mile from the trailhead!

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