Pikes Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-20, By: Troyister
Info: Headed out at 4:30 AM and there was 4-5 vehicles in the parking lot, returned at 11:15 AM and the lot was full. Had rained the night before so the trail was wet but it is almost all sand so there was no mud. From the treeline to the ridge felt like the steepest and hardest part of the trail, the last 1/2 mile to the top has some very easy class 2 parts to the trail, and the rocks were very solid when stepping. Storms hit early as I was in Colorado Spring after the hike and could see storms all around the area (probably about 12:30ish) Visibility was very good for the local area, but looking southwest you could barely see the Sangre De Cristo mountains, to the northwest Lost Creek Wilderness was a little easier to see but still the forest fire smoke and haze made it for poor photo opportunities for distance shots. Legs and lungs on the way up and knees on the way down, trekking poles were my friends today on the descent. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-18, By: 123tqb
Info: Barr Trail detour adds about 0.5 to 0.8mi, depending how much of the highway you cut off. Trail is in great shape and the construction is not noticeable until about 100ft below the summit. The summit is horrendous however. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: mjflynn74
Info: Can one claim a summit if the actual summit is roped off, and if excavation debris from construction is piled higher than the normal summit, and also roped off? What a mess up top. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-01, By: eudyke
Info: Conditions were great all the way up! Crags trailhead, road to trailhead and facilities at parking lot were in excellent condition and not at all crowded. Encountered less than 10 hikers all the way up and back. Many people think Pikes is an easy hike because you can drive to the top. It is NOT! I found it an excellent challenge! Maybe should have acclimated a day or so before attempting since I drove in from Houston the day before. Learned a big lesson and hope others heed this advice. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: Som_Tawyer
Info: Went from Crags Campground to the summit of Pikes Peak via NW Slopes route. Both (1) the road in to the trailhead and (2) the actual trail to the summit are in summer conditions. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: MTBen
Info: Hiked the crags, but got a view of the northwest route, looks like it's clear of snow. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: Benoryan
Info: There is a fair amount of ice and snow scattered on the latter half of the trail but it's easy to get through without microspikes or boots. The summit was very windy and cold but it was still pretty early, around 9 am. 
 
Route: Both
Posted On: 2020-06-19, By: JQDivide
Info: Just an FYI: Pikes got a dusting of snow on Friday afternoon. NOAA said 3-5, but it doesn't look like that much from Divide, maybe 2-3. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-16, By: bluekaypierce
Info: So windy! Met lots of people turning around about 3-4 miles in because the gusts above tree line were literally knocking people over. Temperatures were warm though (~45 degrees at the base around 5 AM) and there were only a couple remaining patches of melty snow. Parking lot had maybe ten cars in it when we got there at 5 but was overflowing by 11 AM. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: giovanniclean
Info: Trail was in good shape 99% of the way. Just a few small snow fields up top where the trail parallels the road. Major wind up there today...20-30mph sustained with 60mph+ gusts. I turned around at about 13,200ish ft. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Second time up this route. Parking lot was getting full by 5:30am on Sunday. Route is clear apart from the two crossings below the road hairpin turns where there is still snow on the route, however there is solid boot pack in those sections. Otherwise, clear all the way to 13,300'. Turned around due to awful winds knocking us over. People continued on. Looked clear of snow all the way up. Summer conditions. 
 
Route: Y Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: slawrence2011
Info: Great long day on pikes peak today, still hiking back to Manitou springs at 8 p.m! I started from crags campground around 6 and climbed up the normal trail. I got to the summit around noon and was set up to ski down the right side of y couloir (from below) at 1. I had to down climb about 30 ft of rock and slush until I could get to a spot where it was wide enough to put my skis on. After that, the couloir was excellent with great slush. There were a couple of chokes, primarily one with about 15 to 20 feet of drop about two-thirds of the way down, that I could barely side step down with my short skis. I could have probably straight lined through, but didn't want to risk it with no one else out there. I got to the bottom around 1:30, but the snow ended around 12,500, so it took an hour or so to get to the bottom of the bottomless pit. Weather was rolling in, so I was not able to climb back up to 13,000 feet on rum doodle ridge as planned in order to down climb to where my car was parked. Instead I came down to Manitou springs on the barr, but at least I got down! From talking to another group that climbed up the left side y couloir, snow ran out way lower. also railroad couloir appears to be fully out. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-28, By: hogantheepic
Info: Almost entirely devoid of snow. Sections at the top do have snow, but not enough to actually cover the rocks. Spikes and snowshoes not necessary anymore this season. Summer conditions are present on this route! 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: wolfgangstiller
Info: A few snow fields on the route but no ice. Microspikes or crampons not needed but poles useful. The first snow field is just above Devil's Playground and it's better not to bypass as you would be damaging the delicate high altitude vegetation. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: jakesoren10
Info: Hiked Pikes on Saturday 5/23 from the Crags TH. Got to the TH just after 6am and it was already full, found parking close by. Trail was beautiful, with awesome views. No snow to speak of until after the Devils Playground parking area, very easily done (no spikes, etc). Beautiful day on the summit, although TONS of construction. 
 
Route: Y Couloir Direct
Posted On: 2020-05-25, By: Jonathan Deffenbaugh
Info: Before the late season Memorial weekend snow storm, had great snow climbing conditions following the Y Direct variation. 1,500'+ vertical of continuous snow. Perfect kickstepping conditions. Great alpine experience! Would also say the same for the right branch as well. Would not say the same for the other North Face routes (i.e. Railroad, Y Left Branch, etc.) Expect mixed climbing conditions on those routes. Met three skiers who came in on the Hero's traverse. Route wasn't in good shape, ended up being a sketchy traverse for them. Descent via the Barr Trail was snow-free, enjoy! 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: bdlangton
Info: Parking lot was 80% full at 5:15am on a Saturday, though there is more parking at the Ring the Peak trailhead not far down the road (empty at 5:15am). Conditions are similar to previous reports: mostly snow free, and the few patches are easy to navigate through. Started at 5:30am. Summit at 7:45am with no construction work going on and didn't see anyone else. On the way down, the last 3-ish miles saw a lot of people going up (before then it was pretty sparse). Done at 9:15am. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-22, By: jsnbabcock
Info: The route is clear almost from trailhead to peak. The only exceptions are a few patches that remain just past Devil's Playground. The only ones of note are 1.) a large patch just across the road from Devil's Playground and 2.) a portion of the path just past Point 13363 that is completely snowed in. Thankfully 2.) can easily be easily bypassed by skirting around it on the road. All snow patches remained solid through the morning with only minimal postholling on the return trip in the afternoon. The only other point of note is that the sign signaling the turnoff from the Crags trail to the route up Pikes Peak has gone missing, so don't overshoot it. The peak itself is utter garbage. Any spot that wasn't taken up by the construction (now in full force) was filled with visitors. This was on a random Thursday too, so just be prepared. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: mtgoatmike
Info: Trail is dry through the forest, once up to Devil's Playground you encounter manageable snow patches, the largest is after the first road crossing. The summit was a construction mess, made it to the summit sign for a picture then headed back downhill. 3 hours to summit from Crags parking lot, 3 hours to return. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-20, By: colingrodzki
Info: Practically zero trouble with snow while taking Devil's Playground trail all the way up. Couple patches here and there, with maybe 3-4 inches at most towards the top. Only wore a thermal long sleeve and pants for 90% of the hike until winds at the top required a windbreaker (obviously prepare and bring layers just in case). Brought my german shep/pyrenees and she handled it fine. Started at 8:30 am, reached summit around 1pm, back at the trailhead at 4pm. Gates were open to park and was free 

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