Bierstadt Trailhead


Two signs diplay at the head of the trailhead to Mount Bierstadt. The mountain is in the background.

The Bierstadt trailhead located on the Guanella Pass road offers a variety of summer and winter activities. The site offers parking, vault toilet, and interpretive information. From this parking area you can access the Bierstadt trail or the Rosalie trial.The Bierstadt trail starts above treeline and takes you through the largest willow bog in Colorado. A wooden boardwalk has been built so hikers can keep their feet dry from the wet bog and protect the alpine willows from human damage. The trail then begins to climb to the summit of Mount Bierstadt. Wonderful views of surrounding peaks can be seen, as well as the Continental Divide in the distance.

At a Glance

Permit Info: * A mandatory free self-issuing permit is required for the Mount Evans Wilderness. * Free permits are available at each trailhead or entry point into the wilderness.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Guanella Pass road is a county road and parking along the road is prohibited. Arrive early to park at the trailhead. Mount Evans Wilderness area * Dogs must be on a hand held leash * No motorized or mechanized equipment * Camps, campfires and stock, where allowed, at least 100 feet from water and trails * Group size limited to 15 people and/or 10 pack/stock animals per party * Certified weed-free hay is required for stock
Closest Towns: Georgetown or Grant, CO
Water: None
Restroom: vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Take I-70 West to Georgetown Exit 228. Go south on County Road 381 (Guanella Pass Scenic Byway) for 9 miles. From C470 take Highway 285 to Grant, turn north on the Guanella Pass road.



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  Area/Length : 
3 miles (one way)

  Elevation : 
Trailhead: 11,669' - Destination: 14,060'