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|2014-12-26||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Summited Pikes via crags on Xmas day. There is a great established trench all the way to treeline. Once past treeline the winds were transporting snow covering any tracks. But,its fairly easy to figure out once your there with the right beta,and maps. There was two guys who tried the day before and went too far left up the Angling zig zags before treeline, and got caught up in some nasty deep snow. I found there tracks where they split off to the left. Don‘t follow those. Continue following the tracks to the right. Once on the ridges,its pretty wind scoured with some drifts around. I used microspikes from start to finish,and no problems. 4" of new snow fell overnight,but the trench should be established enough to still easily follow. Galeforce winds up high alllll day long. Didn‘t see a soul all day long. It was an Epic ;)
|2014-12-20||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Was on snow pretty much the whole time after stepping out of the car at Crags TH. Used snowshoes all the way to the stated "final pitch" and then switched to microspikes. Same on the way down. Saw someone without snowshoes and he postholed a lot. Snow was very loose and non-supportive starting around 11,000‘ for the rest of the hike. Prior to then, trail was pretty well boot-packed. Starting up the steep sections after the "small clearing near 10,900‘" would have been miserable without traction.
|2014-12-20||Route: East Slope
Info: Went up and down the mountain yesterday (20 DEC) via Barr Trail. Picture #1 shows very packed down snow/icy trail conditions just after leaving the trailhead at 06:15, that continue up (for the most part) for the first 3 miles. Picture #2 has nothing to do with trail conditions but I thought it was a cool sunrise picture from yesterday. Picture #3 shows trail conditions pretty much from 3 miles up and all the way to Barr Camp. Picture #4 shows trail conditions just below treeline (well boot-packed with little to no postholing). Picture #5 shows a nicely consolidated snowfield covering the trail above treeline...this was exception, because the other 99% of the trail (above treeline) was powder soft snow as picture #6 shows and required some "work" to get through. Kudos to 14ers member climbing_rob & his wife for putting in some good boot-pack to the summit after this most recent snowstorm. Picture #7 shows trail conditions just below the summit. Picture #8 shows some late afternoon views during the descent.
|2014-12-07||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Path was clear to the summit on Northwest slopes. There were a few small spots that had some icy packed snow where we could have thrown on the micro-spikes but these areas were so short that it never seemed worth it. We were set with just boots and trekking poles. Had a warm day as well as soon as the sun came out.
|2014-12-03||Route: East Slope
Info: Went up Pikes via the Barr Trail on Wednesday, 12/3. It‘s in great shape, with some ice near Barr Camp and then mostly clear until about 13,000. I put Microspikes on at that point, and summited easily. I was the only customer at the summit building when I arrived. :-)
|2014-12-01||Route: East Slope
Info: The trail is mostly clear. Where it intersects with the Experimental Forest trail you may want micro spikes and above 13,000 feet. Trail still visible the whole way.
|2014-11-30||Route: East Slope
Info: Went up and down Pikes Peak via Barr Trail on 11/30. Essentially no snow until Barr Camp, then very little snow to the summit (no snow at all for much of it), all packed/icy. Snowshoes are not needed *at all*. Microspikes are a good idea, though it can be done without them, with some careful footing placements (one of the guys in our group left them by mistake and made it, but not recommended, Microspikes made it much easier and quicker).
|2014-11-27||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Crags route is mostly snow free to the summit. What snow is left is rock hard with no post holing. Summit section is easy to find and only minimal snow. Traction was nice to in the morning as parts of the trail are frozen. Made it to the trailhead easily in my Honda Civic.
|2014-11-22||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Took the trail from the Crags Trailhead to just before the talus. At that point it was too late in the day to finish the climb and return, plus the wind had picked up considerably. Up to that point there was some snow on the trail, but no ice. No traction needed, at least not as far as I made it. Of course, conditions have likely changed today with the new snow, but it was a beautiful Saturday. Phone/camera died after I crossed Pikes Peak Highway, so no pictures from higher up.
|2014-11-15||Route: East Slope
Info: Went up and down the Peak yesterday (Nov 15) via Barr Trail. There is actually more snow covering the trail from the parking lot to Barr Camp than there is from Barr Camp to the summit. That is because the storm that came through this past Tuesday and Wednesday had a very low cloud ceiling and left the upper elevations virtually untouched. The snow that does cover the trail is very minimal (inch or two) and no snowshoes are required. The standard trail above treeline is followable in it‘s entirety but be aware, that aggressive traction devices are highly recommended. This is because the residual snow from the storm in October has been subject to frequent freeze-thaw cycles and has left the snow on the trail in, what can only be described as, a very wind blown, hard, consolidated, icy condition. Picture #1 shows the cloud cover and storm over the Springs while the upper part of the mountain is in the sunshine (captured off the webcam from this past Tuesday). Picture #2 shows trail conditions a few miles below Barr Camp. Picture #3 shows the wind-blown east face. Picture #4 shows residual snow on the trail from October that is now extremely hard-packed to the point that my poles and microspikes were barely leaving a mark. Picture #5 shows how most of the trail above 13K looks due to the frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Picture #6 shows some of the more snow packed sections of the trail during the descent. It did snow on the mountain as I descended yesterday, but no "significant" new accumulation.
|2014-10-30||Route: East Slope
Info: Just finished hiking Pikes Peak yesterday via Devil‘s Playground/Crags trailhead. Surprisingly, the trail is still in perfect condition. The only time I saw snow was when I got closer to the summit. Even then, snowshoes or spikes are not needed. The only major feedback is I had no idea the last train ended at Noon on a Wednesday. I was lucky to have a few nice tourists drive me back to the trailhead.
|2014-10-19||Route: East Slope
Info: Up to 3‘ snow between summit and 2 mile. Generally 2‘ snow between 2 mile and A Frame. Barr Trail generally not visible. We have conducted numerous missions locating or rescuing people stuck in the snow. Tennis shoes and jeans don‘t work well in the winter as some people are learning. Snowshoes needed for any above treeline travel.
|2014-10-18||Route: East Slope
Info: Went up and down the mountain yesterday (18 Oct) via Barr Trail. Thought I would add some pictures in conjunction with the El Paso County SAR conditions report from above regarding Pikes Peak. Picture #1 shows the mountain from about 5 miles up on Barr Trail. You can see the amount of snow on the Peak. You can see the snow even better from Colorado Springs, but yet, as the EPCSAR conditions report eluded to, people still continue to head up there with inadequate clothing and footwear. I saw it all day yesterday. Picture #2 shows increasing ice and snow on the trail above Barr Camp. Picture #3 shows much more snow on the trail just below treeline although with sufficient boot-pack. Picture #4 shows conditions on the East Face proper, with no boot-pack on the standard Barr Trail. Picture #5 shows that even the Bighorn Sheep are post-holing! Picture #6, taken during the descent, shows that some sections of the trail are boot-packed but as the EPCSAR post stated, large portions of the trail are generally not visible. Prior route familiarity would be advantageous. On a side note, picture #7 show a huge boulder (not to be confused with the one from last year) that has come down across the trail about 1/4 of a mile from the parking lot. It is still easy to get around it though.
|2014-08-23||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Trail was in good condition with exception to icy boulders in the home stretch at ~13,400 feet. We started from the Crags trailhead at 5AM and arrived to this stretch around 8:30AM where the sun had not yet hit these rocks to melt the ice. It turned into a class 3 section where every step had to be tested before proceeding. Other hikers who arrived an hour later did not have this issue with only mild ice patches here and there. I would recommend leaving no earlier than 6AM this time of year if you want to avoid these icy boulders in the last half mile of trail. Also note that there are no other large mountains in close proximity and once above tree line the wind on Pikes Peak is tremendous and extremely cold in the morning. Make sure to bring a heavy base layer with gloves, glove liners, stocking hat, and a wind/rain jacket. Even with these basic essentials we were still starting to get hypothermic. Maybe it was just that particular day. Cheers.
|2014-08-01||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Excellent trail, muddy in some places. Overall, an easy trail but it is long. Steep at the beginning and at the summit... Also, unfortunately we couldn‘t find the USGS marker on the summit. We were the only ones on the summit because we were up so early (summit at 6:30). Perfect weather, perfect trail!
|2014-06-28||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Hiked up from Crags yesterday (Sat Jun 2 - trail dry to the summit, no snow gear needed. From the ridge after the first hard right turn to the summit, the wind picked up and stayed windy to the top.
|2014-06-14||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Pretty much perfect. Started out at 6am from the Crags with the sun still on the east side so wore a hard shell and wind pants over shorts & t-shirt. Near the top was cooler and a little breezy at times but the body heat evened that out. We had to watch our step twice - crossing the creek in the woods and through a snow patch up high. Prob not even worth mentioning. Respected the altitude the last 500 feet or so. Just another great day in CO! Then on a sad note, when I got home from this cool hike, my wife told me our cat Henry got out and went missing. It‘s been a week and he‘s still not back. Super bummed about that. Great hike though, enjoy.
|2014-06-14||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: We arrived at Crags campground and were on the trail by 6am. Only 14er I could find via the reports that didn‘t have snow as of last week and you have to do Pikes sometime. Easy, beautiful hike for the 2/3rd until you hit the road. Then it becomes noisy and filled with cars. Summit is unpleasant with the amount of people but it is nice to get out of the wind. Barely any snow at all, Bad storms start about 2pm. Wind was constant, worst wind I‘ve ever had and it started above treelike till the summit. Otherwise would have been hot and sunny. Good hike for early season.
|2014-06-13||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: The Y Couloir Direct route is still in for climbing or skiing. I was able to make a few turns on the summit before needing to down climb mixed rock and ice, with some snow for about 25 feet to enter the couloir as it is not in from the summit, nor has it been all year that I‘ve seen. The upper couloir was very firm, almost icy, especially where the sun had not yet hit the snow. From approximately 1/4 down the couloir the snow had seen the sun and was very nice corn. The rock rib area BARELY holds continuous snow, and this was too tight to ski, so this area was down climbed also (25 feet). Once approaching the Bottomless Pit area more rocks were present and eventually it just wasn‘t worth working through them anymore. Overall, I was able to ski 1,600 vertical feet. The snow mostly stayed firm for the ascent. I started skiing at 09:30 and was back at the summit at 12:15. The road opening was delayed for an hour due to the hill climb race tire testing. I believe the road is delayed an hour the next two days as well.
|2014-06-08||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: The couloir is getting thin but is still in as of 6/8. The railroad couloir is no longer in.