Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Anybody have info on conditions for the Guanella approach to Evans via Scott Gomer Creek or the steeper gully to hiker's right? Especially of the wet marshy/willowy area as you leave the Bierstadt trail?
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Re: Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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I hiked this both up and down on Sept 11. There is a trail the whole way up the valley, although it is a lot easier to find/follow coming down. There was no problem with the willows as the trail seems well used. There was quite a bit of standing water and mud. Heading up lost the trail once when it turned under the water, but was easy to reacquire further along. From the creek crossing, after about 350 feet is a large boulder with a trail next to it. This is NOT the trail. (My track shows we turned here.) Continue another 150 feet to a trail at an open spot in the willows. (My track returned here.)

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The trail continues across the creek and up the gully. There is no trail from above the gully until just before the west ridge starts when you join the trail coming from Mt. Spalding.

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Re: Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Thanks. That looks like you followed S Gomer creek at first, upon leaving the Bierstadt trail, but then proceeded on to the steeper gully to the hiker's right of Gomer drainage. Correct? You're photo looking down also appears to be at or near the top of the steeper (non Gomer) gully.
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Re: Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Yeah, about half way along the creek I lost the trail when it turned under a flooded area along the edge of that flooded meadow. We went higher along the side of the valley and into the trees trying to get above the willows. Then we were able to see the trail below and rejoined it. At the end of the valley where the willows end, the trail turns, crosses the creek, and heads up the gully. The picture looking down was taken at the top of that gully (route picture #5). It's 1.3 miles of willows from the Bierstadt trail turnoff to the creek crossing and the start of the gully climb. There is a well defined trail on the right side of the approach to the gully, then crosses over and the trail goes up the left side.
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Re: Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Thanks again. So just to be sure, you took the steeper gully up (and down) and not Scott Gomer, right?

Gomer is hiker’s left and steep gully Bill describes in conjunction with Sawtooth route is hiker’s right.
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Re: Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Now I understand what you are asking... :oops: Yes, took the steeper gully at the end of the valley. We did not turn and follow Scott Gomer Creek, as that takes you up on the other side of Mt. Spalding. I guess you could start that way, then take the ridge to Mt. Spalding. We did see two people coming down that way, they appeared to be casting back and forth trying to find a way down through the willows.
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Re: Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Thanks much and got it. Sorry for any discombobulation in my earlier questions!
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Re: Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Is mid October ok to do the Beirstadt - Sawtooth- Evans Route?

The class 3 on the Saw Tooth is my primary issue
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Re: Evans/Guanella Conditions?

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Vasqujg wrote: Fri Oct 07, 2022 7:16 pm Is mid October ok to do the Beirstadt - Sawtooth- Evans Route?

The class 3 on the Saw Tooth is my primary issue
Was up on Bierstadt yesterday - had been planning to do the Sawtooth but didn't have the time. Otherwise I think it still looked doable. Upper mountain on Bierstadt has snow and you'd probably want spikes descending down to the Sawtooth ridge itself, but most of the backside of the Sawtooth looked pretty dry. Once you cross back to the front side towards the end of the route, you'll have snow again.
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