Bierstadt is one of the easier 14ers in Colorado. With that said, I have set out to climb it 3 different times and only made it once! Successful summit was the first attempt in August with a crew.
Tried to summit in the winter and snowboard from the top. We made a major mistake as we started the hike and dropped into the willows. Post-holing for hours put us way behind on the potential summit.
You can see how deep Jeff Parks is in the snow. We would have a lead hiking take about 20 steps and then drop off and let the person behind them blaze the next trail. Very tiring!