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Mount Bierstadt Trail

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Mount Bierstadt Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2795 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

no shade

The trail is almost entirely in the Mount Evans Wilderness. No mountain bikes are allowed in the Wilderness. Stay on the trail to avoid trampling the vegetation. This is a great all day hike in which you will climb two 4ers, Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. In the process you will also traverse the saw tooth that separates these two mountains. The hike up Bierstadt itself is fairly easy however the crossing of the saw tooth will take you on a very intense class 3 scramble and is not dog or child friendly. In fact, its not friendly for anyone who is not in shape or not able to take on a class 3 scramble. Its a great hike and a fun way to bag two 14ers in one day! Start out early if you plan to do both peaks, especially if you aren't used to the altitude. Wear clothes that will keep you warn during the ascent up Mt. Bierstadt and that will be easy to shed once you reach the peak and sunshine. Also, be prepared for strong winds and colder temps on the way up Bierstadt. Leather gloves can be used for the crossing of the saw tooth.

1 day ago

Beautiful views and not quite as hard as this rating says.

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1 day ago

Woof, this one was tough but definitely doable! Go early to avoid afternoon storms. Wind was brisk so layers, a small, packable down/alternative coat and some mittens or gloves are necessary this time of year. There is little to no shade so you have to be creative if you need to use the restroom. Heavily trafficked trail but encountered some lovely people. A Girl Scout troop summited around the same time we did--if they can do it, you can too :) I'm so happy to have completed my first 14er!

Did this again yesterday (9/16/17) for the second time this summer! Went much better as far as altitude effects--cooler temperature probably helped that. When we got to the boulder-scramble part at the top (oh you know, roughly 100ft below the summit after a roughly 2800ft climb in elevation) we (and nearly everyone else) had to turn back due to a surprise snowstorm. We could've made that last push for the summit, but it was super slippery with wind whipping snow into our face HARD, and very limited visibility. Still a great story! Next time Bierstadt! Next time!

(PS. Fall colors are to die for right now)

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3 days ago

Wow!!! This is such a beautiful trail and the view from the top is phenomenal! I absolutely love it and would hike it every day if I could. I highly recommend!

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5 days ago

Wanted to do a14er for a long time. 60 years old not getting any younger. Made it happen. Check it off. Glad I did. Could not have done it without my husband with me.

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7 days ago

Gradual at beginning, a bit more difficulty climbing boulders at the top. Well marked and beautiful views!

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7 days ago

This was such a fun 14er! There are a lot of people on this trail which can be a bit much, especially towards the top near the summit. It is a easier going hike but a 14er none the less - which just means it is still intense.

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7 days ago

While some may say that this is the easiest 14er, a 14er is still a 14er. And boy will it get your heart racing, especially if you're not used to altitude. But the views from the top are absolutely worth it. And you definitely feel very accomplished when you finish. There is nothing quite like the panoramic views from the top of a 14er

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