|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||05/05/2012|
Spent yesterday (5-5-2012) with my brother, climbing a little more than half-way up the East Face of Pikes Peak via Barr Trail, traversing around to the North Face via the Bottomless Pit Trail, ascending the Y Couloir, and then in the afternoon descending the entire East Face via Barr Trail. From the parking lot to the turn-off for the Bottomless Pit, the trail is completely snow and ice free. Along the 2.4 miles of the Bottomless Pit Trail, there are some sporadic short sections of deep snow, but there is good boot-pack/trench through the snow and snowshoes were not needed - see picture #1. The very bottom of the Y Couloir is much more melted out than I have experienced in previous years, but the upper-bottom and middle sections are snow filled & nicely consolidated - see picture #2. The top section is a mixture of deep snow along with some areas of thinner snow where ice axe placement wasn‘t too good because of the rocks below the snow - see picture #3. The last 10 feet out of the Couloir are on exposed rocks. Descending Barr Trail from the summit, there is only snow on the trail for about 3/4 of the first mile down & the snow is nicely boot-packed - see picture #4. The other 12.25 miles to the parking lot are pretty much snow free. Not sure how much longer the snow conditions in the Couloir will remain "ideal," with the warm temps the Pikes Peak region has been having.
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