|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Info:||01/21/2021|
Pikes Peak via Barr Trail. First three miles mostly bare, a few slippery patches of ice here and there. Put spikes on about 8700'. From there consistent snow, but well packed up to Barr Camp. Barr Camp to Timberline Shelter was less packed and softer, slows you down a little but not an issue. Timberline Shelter to summit had patchy snow. The big upper switchbacks had a couple short sloped sections that were very firm and a little sketchy to cross on spikes but could mostly be avoided.
I had originally planned to do Pikes via NW slope, but in the username inspiration thread Monte Meals told me there was a place in Colorado Springs with giant burritos (Alfonsos), so I had to do Barr instead to go there afterwards. I didn't eat enough on the hike to save room. Of course when I got there they told me it wasn't on the menu anymore. Only after ordering did I notice they had different extra large burrito, the "Don Poncho". It's probably smaller than the former "El Gordito" but I'll have to go back and try it. Maybe I'll just do a few laps on the Incline though, not sure I want to hike that far to end up at a construction site again for a bit.
Had great weather for a first calendar winter summit.
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