One of the best hikes of the year, Mount Bierstadt is pretty imposing, and also a relatively popular hike. I assume it's potentially a little easier without snow, but, a rather large late September storm blew threw and dumped between 6 inches and 18 inches of snow from the base to the summit.
This easily became one of my favorite hikes I did while spending some time in Colorado. I had heard of the Mount of the Holy Cross from one of my favorite skiers, Cody Townsend, who had skied the Holy Cross couloir a couple years back. Since then, I poured over beta on how best to hike this mountain, and also bag my first 14er. When it was all said and done, I never ended up hiking up the Holy Cross. Instead, I opted for Notch Mountain, which lies directly across from the Mount of the Holy Cross, and gives a spectacular vantage point of the mountain.