|Square Top Mountain|
We met at the T-Rex lot off of I-70 at 5am and hit the Guanella Pass TH at 6am. Within 5 minutes we were off on the trail. There was only one other car in the upper lot at the time, but the lower lot (Bierstadt Lot) already had 7-8 vehicles present. About 100yards down the main trail we happened upon a USFS employee who asked us to carry a GPS tracking unit with us today so they can get a good idea of trail usage in the area. After that meeting we were trail blazing for the rest of the day.
|Grays, Torreys, Argentine, Edwards|
The sign pointed to west, so we started up the rib. There was no obvious trail, but here and there an old beaten trail would emerge through the rock and grass. The ridge does not waist any time, the steepness is in your face practically till you arrive on the summit. It was a good calf burner, unlike any of the other mountains I have climbed this year. Since there wasn’t much of a trail we were just heading straight up the rib. There wasn’t too many
leading the way, on about every rise we could find one so not too many overall on the rib. cairns
|Summit Pic Brian and Me|
|Mount Bierstadt Clouded In|
I collected some more wild flower photos on the way out. Slowly I’m trying to get a picture of all kinds; it is a way to help educate me while living in the new area. The geology of the climb was really neat as well. I think I found some mineral combinations while around the 12,500ft range, but am not positive on what I did find. I think the mineral in my photo album is a plagioclase feldspar with quartz and muscovite. I have yet to see any muscovite or mica type minerals while out in the mountains. These are really neat and unique because they are thin paper like layers that flake off, they appear to look silver but there is a pinkness to the color.
After we made it back to the parking lot we both enjoyed our climbing beer. Today is was a Colorado Native, which wasn’t too bad. The parking lots were full and the road was loaded with vehicles. The clouds by now had covered
Mount Bierstadt, so hopefully everyone in those cars made their way down without any issues. As I’m finding in , if you don’t get a early start just stay home. Weather moves in quickly here and can be very dangerous if you can’t read it. Colorado