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Clear Creek County Colorado Hiking Trails

Bierstadt Trail #711

Mount Evans Wilderness

Located within the Mount Evans Wilderness, the Bierstadt Trail is rated as Moderate to Difficult. The Bierstadt Trailhead is at an elevation of 11,650' while it's destination (Mount Bierstadt summit) has an elevation of 14,060'.

From the parking areas, the Bierstadt Trail descends gently toward Scott Gomer Creek. This first part of the trail passes through a prime example of willow carr (a wetland willow thicket), providing prime White-tailed Ptarmigan habitat. Damage to the willow carr by large numbers of peakbaggers winding their way through the willows, trying to keep their feet dry, and the erosion problems higher on the mountain, was what spurred the decision to create a single, sustainable trail to the summit. 

After much debate over Wilderness values vs. resource damage, it was decided to construct the raised boardwalk, which allows the natural flow of water through the area and the recovery of vegetation along the route. At 11,470 feet, the trail crosses Scott Gomer Creek and begins its ascent toward the summit. From the creek the trail climbs gradually up through the willows, then up onto the broad northwest shoulder. Nearing the summit, the trail grows steeper and less well defined on the rocky ridge. Pick your route to stay on the rocks and avoid the vegetation growing in the pockets in between.
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