This may be one of the easiest and most accessible 14ers in Colorado, and as such it's a really popular route. That doesn't mean it's not worth the hike, though! The trail climbs up from the pass about 3.5 miles until it tops out on Mount Bierstadt at 14,060 feet after an elevation gain of 2,850 feet. The lower section of the trail is pretty flat as it approaches the main climb. It runs through some shrubby trees that are very short, since it is already over 11,000 feet. As soon as the trail starts climbing you rise above the tree line, and while it does climb up a peak, the trail isn't too steep or technical. Towards the top of the ridge right before you reach the summit, there are a few boulders that you have to scramble up but they aren't difficult at all. The views on this hike and from the top are absolutely incredible! Definitely bring your camera! Also, please note that this trail does enter the Mount Evans Wilderness. Please be aware of all of the special wilderness regulations.
Trail length: 7 miles
Posted by Greg Heil on July 27, 2011
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Reviewed by Greg Heil on July 27, 2011
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This is a fun hike. The views from the top are breathtaking! There are a lot of people that use this trail, though, even during the middle of the week. In my opinion, that really detracts from the wilderness experience.
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