|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||11/12/2012|
Pikes Peak got about 2 to 3 inches of snow, but the trail is easy to follow and is getting packed down well. Lower trail in the forest has the most snow, and the trail is not slippery yet. The trail coming out of the treeline is about 50/50 snowpack and dirt, but as you get into the Devil‘s Playground, there are some 12 to 18 inch drifts along the old dirt road, but it was easy to get through as we walked along the outside edge over rocks. Once on the Pikes Peak Highway, it was smooth sailing as the road was mostly clear, and we finished with a short climb of the cog railway to the summit house, but be careful, the railway is still running once a day and we saw the ‘Big Red Machine‘ parked at the top. We summited at 11:45 am and the train left about 12:20 pm, the house is open as long as the train is running.
One more thing, when you pull up to the TH, you are at the Winter TH, just follow the Crags Trail through a couple switchbacks and you will eventually walk high above and past the summer TH and merge with a trail, look for a little brown sign here with an arrow pointing to TH, a tree with a white piece of paper will point you to the right shortly after this.
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