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Welcome!
I'm Abbie... 

Follower of Christ.
Wife to Pilot Cal.
(Semi-crazy) cat lady.
ENFJ + Enneagram 7 (/8).
Believer that creamer > coffee.
Resident of the mountains.
Forever losing my keys. 
Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt

Location: About 1.5 hours from Denver. All roads are paved, so you do not need a special vehicle to get to the trailhead. 

Elevation/distance: The entire mountain is 14,060 feet, but the trailhead sits at 11,600 feet, so your total elevation gain during the hike is about 2,850. The entire hike - from the trailhead to the summit and back - is about 7 miles.

Description: The trail dips down before you start to climb, and the entire hike is completely open. The hike is not super steep until the end when you start to summit. Be sure you start early because you do NOT want to get stuck at the top if a thunderstorm roles in. My friend and I did not start early (oops) and totally lucked out on beautiful weather. The views at the top are enough to make you breathless in awe. You are surrounded by mountains on mountains on mountains. I swear, the air is freshest at the top of a mountain. It's incredible. 

Who I would recommend it to: Someone looking to hike their first 14er, or an "easier" big mountain to climb. Confession: I actually hiked this mountain last summer with a good friend who I was visiting (at the time- I had ZERO knowledge at the time that we would be living in Denver one year later!). I was in town a total of 5 days before hiking this. Be careful doing that, as altitude can greatly affect a lot. Drink A LOT of water before/during/after the hike, and don't push yourself if you start feeling super dizzy or nauseous. But, there is something to be said that I was able to complete this not being super used to the altitude. It's definietly a climb, and the summit is a lot of work- but I truly believe if you are in decent shape, you are more the capable. They say that if you've never hiked a 14er, this mountain is the perfect one to start with. 

 So happy to have made it. ;)

So happy to have made it. ;)

 Another view from the top.

Another view from the top.

Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak