Mount Bierstadt

Georgetown, Colorado 80444

Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt Professional Guide

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"Everybody wants to do a “fourteener,” and this is one of the most accessible near the Front Range. The trail is well marked and easy to the follow, with little chance of getting off track. The views of the surrounding peaks are spectacular and become more impressive the higher you climb."

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Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides)
Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon
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"If you want the experience of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing up one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks (known as fourteeners), the Guanella Pass route to Mount Bierstadt is one of the best. The route is steep in sections, the trail is sometimes difficult to follow, and the route is above tree line and exposed to the wind. But if the hardships don’t scare you away, the view from the summit of one of the highest mountains in the state—overlooking the Front Range to the east and Keystone and Summit County to the west—will make you think you can see forever!"
Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"Mount Bierstadt was named after Albert Bierstadt, a nineteenth-century landscape artist who first visited the American West as a member of a Rocky Mountains Survey Team in 1859. Bierstadt’s resulting works soon catapulted him to fame, and he spent most of the rest of his life painting a series of dramatic landscapes of the West. Today he is recognized as one of the greatest American artists of all time. It is fitting that one of Colorado’s fourteeners should be named after him. Serious mountaineers often climb Bierstadt in combination with Mount Evans. The double ascent requires a traverse from Bier stadt to Evans across a formidable looking ridge that includes a step cal led the Saw tooth. There is a great view of Bierstadt and the Sawtooth from the Guan ella Pass Trail head, but unfortunately Mount Evans is hidden behind the ridge and can’t be seen from that perspective. The traverse between the two peaks doesn’t look any easier when viewed from the top of Bierstadt, but it is actually not as technically difficult as it appears. It is usually rated as a class-3 climb."
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"One of Colorado’s most accessible 14ers and much shorter and easier than Longs Peak, Mount Bierstadt can be climbed almost any time of the year and is a short drive from the Denver metro area. Safe, short excursions in the awe-inspiring terrain at the base of the Evans-Bierstadt massif can also be rewarding. The town of Georgetown is always a treat to visit and has a variety of food and beverage opportunities."

Mount Bierstadt Trip Reports

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Great 14er hike. Actual mileage: 7.5 miles. It took us about 6 hours. The way up we took our time, but coming down we were moving pretty fast to avoid some storms rolling in. And that also included a quick lunch at the top. The top of the trail is mostly boulders, but doable. Beautiful views along the way. Some wildflowers even.
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This was a late season hike, but the day was perfect. Some snow, but nothing technical or dangerous. Mud and snow made the hike a little longer than we expected. Total time round trip was about 5 hours including several rest breaks and 30 minutes on top.
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Good report, but park has numerous trails. It would have been nice to see a greater number of trails.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
June to Oct
Snowmobiling, Skiing
Additional Use
Arapaho National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Idaho Springs/ Georgetown/ Loveland Pass #104
Local Maps

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