|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||02/25/2012|
Climbed up and down via Barr Trail (and part way up the gully during the ascent). From about a 1/2 mile above the parking lot, to three miles up, traction devices very helpful. The freeze/thaw cycle has created some very icy sections along this part. From three miles up & all the way to Barr Camp, traction devices definitely recommended. From Barr Camp to treeline, more snow (boot packed) than ice, and the snow was balling up under my microspikes so I removed them. I carried but did not use my snowshoes. Above treeline to the summit is windblown with some parts of the trail having little to no snow and other lengthy parts completely snow filled. Traction devices highly recommended in these snow filled parts due to the very consolidated, wind-crusted snow. The weather forecast called for 55-65 mph gusts, and it did not disappoint! Also, met 14er member Roger (Incline Fanatic) near the Cirque, during his descent from the summit & he may post a more detailed trip report. Picture #1 shows trail conditions (during sunrise!) about two miles above the parking lot. Picture #2 shows very hard snow sloping down across the trail just below the summit. A fall here would be nasty. Picture #3 shows a summit photo of me captured from the Summit House webcam by my brother (who was too sick to join me), from the luxury of his living room! Picture #4 shows some of the deeper snow on the trail just below treeline during the descent.
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