Peaks: Mt. Bierstadt, Sawtooth, Mt. Evans
Route: Tour d' Abyss- Class 3 3000' 5 miles
Start: 6:40 am End: 10:40 am
Josh, Michael, and I drove up to 13300' on Mt. Evans road and started off on the trail. The trail led to a gully that dropped down into the valley in between Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans.
|Half way down the gully|
|Near the top of the grass slope|
|View from ridge|
|The grass ledges|
|Mt. Bierstadt from the highpoint on the East Ridge|
|Josh and Michael on Point 13, something'|
|Summit of Bierstadt looking toward the next objective...The Sawtooth|
|On the summit looking toward the East Ridge|
After we summited Bierstadt, we talked about our next objective... The Sawtooth. I overheard another group talking about the same route, a few of the other group expressed that they were gonna pass because they were worried about the difficulty and the reports of the women who had slipped and died on it weeks earlier. We decided to go for it. Glad we did because it was very, very easy. The exposure was pretty intense. The route up the Sawtooth is on a ledge covered in loose dirt and rocks and to the left is a 1000' drop. However, it felt very safe and secure.
|Loose conditions on The Sawtooth|
|Josh on the Sawtooth traverse... the exit can be seen in the top of the photo|
After the over hyped Sawtooth traverse we made our way to the trail for the West Ridge of Mt. Evans. The trail to Mt. Evans summit was very easy and straight forward. We hung out on the top for awhile and shot some summit photos. There were a lot of people on the summit, since Mt. Evans has the highest paved road in the U.S. After the summit we made our way back to the car.
|Summit Diving Board|
|Josh on the Diving Board|