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)
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
Areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow showers before 9am, then a chance of snow showers and patchy blowing snow between 9am and 5pm, then patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny. High near 22, with temperatures falling to around 19 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -16. West northwest wind 22 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy. Low around 11, with temperatures rising to around 13 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -7. Northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
A chance of snow showers and patchy blowing snow. Mostly sunny. High near 30, with temperatures falling to around 21 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -5. West northwest wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
A chance of snow showers before 1am, then a chance of snow showers and patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -3. West wind 15 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
A chance of snow showers and patchy blowing snow before 11am, then patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers between 11am and 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. West northwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Mostly clear, with a low around 11.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.