Monday, June 28, 2010

Colorado Sidebar - Mt Bierstadt

As a transplant from the state of Ohio, I live in awe of the beautiful mountains surrounding us here at the Harrow Sports headquarters in Denver, CO every day. If you visit or move to Colorado and enjoy hiking, bagging a 14-er is almost a right of passage. This weekend I finally got to conquer MY first 14-er.

For those not familiar with the term, a "14-er" is a mountain exceeding 14,000 feet. Mount Bierstadt is one of Colorado’s most popular, and easiest fourteeners. Along with Mount Evans, Bierstadt is the closest 14'er to Denver. It’s not much more than an hour outside of Denver and the easiest route only requires a 3.25 mile, 2,391 foot ascent up a class 1 trail to reach the summit.

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves but if you are in Colorado for the Vail Lacrosse Shootout and enjoy hiking, I encourage you to feel the adrenaline rush yourself!


View of the summit from the trailhead



Just starting to climb and the parking lot is getting pretty small.


The final ascent.


We made it!

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