Hiking Mount Bierstadt – One of Colorado’s Most Popular 14ers

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Mount Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s easier and more trafficked 14ers. The ease of access, extremely beautiful views and close proximity to Denver make it so popular. The hike features stunning views from the trailhead, and is one of the better 14ers for those looking to start trying the bigger mountains in Colorado.

Difficulty – Intermediate
Distance – 7.4 miles round trip (11.9 km)
Height – 14,060 feet (4,285.5 m)
Elevation gain – 2,710 feet (826 m)
Duration – 5 to 7 hours (book time)
Hike Class: Class 2
Seasons – Year-round (caution and experience needed in winter – see below)
Trailhead Location – Guanella Pass – 11,669 feet (directions below)

Trail Map

Mount Bierstadt Trail Map

Trails

Bierstadt Trail | 7.4 Miles Round Trip | 2,710 Feet Elevation Gain | Class 2

This is the most common route to the summit of Bierstadt. It is heavily trafficked and easy to follow. The trail begins with around .9 miles of slight downhill and features stunning views of Bierstadt and The Sawtooth from the beginning. 1.1 miles into the hike, the ascent begins. There are various switchbacks to gain elevation quickly. 3.4 miles into the hike, the trail gets a bit more difficult with larger boulders, and more of a scramble to the summit. This trail is very well traveled, and the parking area and road leading fills up quickly. Because of this, it is recommended to arrive early to avoid crowds.

Hiking in Winter

Bierstadt is a great winter hike. This hike gains 4 miles round trip to become an 11 mile roundtrip hike with 3,600 feet of elevation gain due to Guanella Pass being closed. The trailhead is at lower Guanella Pass. The red mark along the road on the map above indicates the gate that closes when this road is closed. As with any 14er, the right equipment is essential in winter. Experience is highly recommended, even though this is one of the easier 14ers.

Directions & Parking

Guanella Pass is a beautiful road. To enter the Mount Evans Wilderness, hikers can grab free permits available at the trailheads.

To Guanella Pass Trailhead:

Current Weather Conditions

Here is a detailed forecast for the next 4 days. Check Mountain Forecast beforehand.

Silver Plume, CO

Today
A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy. High near 28, with temperatures falling to around 23 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -7. South southwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight
A chance of snow before 5am, then a chance of snow and patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -9. Southwest wind 15 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Thursday
A chance of snow and patchy blowing snow. Mostly sunny. High near 15, with temperatures falling to around 8 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -13. West wind 23 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday Night
Patchy blowing snow. Mostly clear, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -19. West wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Friday
Patchy blowing snow before 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. West wind 18 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

Friday Night
Patchy blowing snow after 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 3.

Saturday
Patchy blowing snow between 11am and 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.

Additional Pictures

Views Looking Back Towards Trailhead

Views Looking Back Towards Trailhead

Views Looking Towards Guanella Pass

Views Looking Towards Guanella Pass

Views of Bierstadt from the Trail

Views of Bierstadt from the Trail

Views of the Crowded Trails in September

Views of the Crowded Trails in September

Views of the Switchbacks

Views of the Switchbacks

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about

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