I've always wanted to chase the fall colors and the golden aspens in Colorado I have always heard about and seen pictures of so I booked a flight to Denver, rented a mini SUV and was off to the mountains. For the first couple of days I was in awe by the beauty that Colorado had to offer, but by the third day, I knew I needed to go on a hike before I left Colorado. Driving around and seeing the fall colors was great, but I was craving a real experience and a taste of what Colorado had to offer. I started researching what the easiest 14er was and most of the sources I found named Mt. Bierstadt as the "easiest."
At first, I was very apprehensive about doing this hike alone even though sources called it "easy". I wasn't sure what to expect at that elevation nor was I sure if my body would be able to handle it. I even sat in my car that morning contemplating on if I should back out or not because it was snowing. As I have lived most of my life in sunny Southern California, hiking in snow was a first for me and I wasn't really sure if I was up for the challenge. As the minutes kept passing while I was stalling in my car, I saw a family get out of their car to start the hike. Before they left I asked them if they ever did this hike and they replied that they never have so it kind of gave me hope. After I watched them walk away, I decided that I was going to go for it, so I layered up and headed out. Which by the way, layers are necessary!
This was the view right before I started the hike as the sun started peaking behind the mountain: