ElevationAscent: 406' 124 m
Descent: -658' -201 m
High: 13,995' 4,266 m
Low: 13,339' 4,066 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)
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“A fun run with an introductory scramble between two popular 14ers.”— Tyler Prince
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.
Finally, the descent back to Guanella Pass is steep and loose. Expect slides with large strides while descending the gully along the creek, and a couple tangles with willows once you make it down. The running gets good again once you make it back to the Mt. Bierstadt trail.
Runners continuing over The Sawtooth should descend NE off the summit, walking down a vague trail just to the right of the ridge defining the Sawtooth. Scramble down to the Bierstadt-Evans saddle at 13,300 ft. None of this terrain should be too hard - the rock should be solid and exposure moderate at worst. If things get difficult, you have likely stayed too high on the ridge.
Once at the notch, you'll encounter a large gendarme. Stay to the right to avoid class 4 terrain, scrambling up the right side of the first crux. Once over this, you'll almost immediately encounter a second crux. For the first time, drop to the left of the ridge, walking along a catwalk. This is the most exposed part of the climb. Runners may elect to stay to the right of this catwalk to avoid exposure and loose rock, or to stay to the left to avoid the low-grade scrambling required by this route. After a class 2+ scramble off the catwalk ramp, angle to the right to regain solid ground.
Walk on nearly flat, rocky but often undefined trail to gain the Mt. Evans Trail.
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