DISTANCE
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,019 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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1 month ago

An insane mental challenge completing this one! Be prepared and know before you go! The first summit on Bierstadt is easy, especially for a 14'er; I made it up from below the parking lot in just under 2 hours. Approx 7-9am.

Onward across Sawtooth Ridge, where it was a very serious class 3 scramble. They are not kidding when they say that part is a challenge. Rock climbing experience of some kind comes highly recommended, even then it was still a lengthy climb across.
Approx 9-11:30am.

Then to the summit of Evans, we had slowed our pace significantly by this point but summited before 1pm for a running total of approx 6 hours so far.

We then went back down the ridge of Evans and out via the trail that meets back up at the creek from Bierstadt. This part was my nightmare. Straight down for about half the return and then trudging through mid-shin muddy bog the rest of it. Would not recommend wearing shorts and would definitely wear waterproof shoes.

Total mileage was about 16.1 miles.