Pikes Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
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 
 
Route: Y Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-19, By: Jhorne6
Info: Got started a little late from Barr camp at around 630 due to getting pounded with rain and hail setting up our camp the night prior and gear getting wet. Got to the bottomless pit a little after 9. The bottom less pit trail has some drifts but is pretty easy to navigate. Continuous snow starts from the wrecked car. Conditions in the Couloir were a little soft but still supportive even with my partner and I starting the climb at about 1030. A nice little ice bulge was there for the taking at the start of the right branch at the intersection. As long as the warm weather and lack of overnight freezes doesn't get crazy this route should still be in for a few weeks. The detour for the east slopes route at the summit due to the new summit house construction is garbage. Wish they would have done something better for the hikers. Overall great route and day. 
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Route: Railroad Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: fakejox
Info: Stepped off ~0445 from Manitou and made it to Bottomless Pit a little after 0900, with plans to ascend via the Y couloir. Continuous snow still starts around the wrecked car. Unfortunately, that snow was extremely soft, with an additional 2-3" layer of fresh dippin dots from the night prior. We ascended a rockband parallel to the initial portion of the couloir for approximately 300-400 feet, but still encountered unsupportive mashed potatoes that seemed primed for a wet slide. To avert this risk in the Y, we opted to divert to the railroad couloir, which entailed snow-dusted talus hopping interspersed with brief segments of consolidated, kick-steppable snow patches. We summited and made our way back down to Manitou via the mostly dry (save for 2-3 brief drifted snow patches >13,000') Barr trail. Found a Samsung phone on the Bottomless Pit trail and a marooned bag of dog poo in the terminal segment of Barr trail, DM if either is yours. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-16, By: caitlin521
Info: Gate to the Crags Campground trailhead is now open, so you can drive up and park at the trailhead lot. Lot was about 3/4 full when we arrived at 5:30 a.m.The road and majority of the trail up to the summit are very dry. Above tree line there were a handful of snow covered sections we had to cross over, but nothing that required use of spikes or poles. Most of these sections can be avoided (all but 3 that I counted). Pikes Peak Hwy is open to the summit now too, so it was very crowded on top. Lots of construction at the summit. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: Will_Quillman
Info: As stated before, no issues to TH. Mainly summer conditions. Using the phone app Gaia, so take elevation marks with a grain of salt. A few unavoidable boot packed snow patches around 12,500ft that were solid on ascent early in the morning. This boot packed snow stayed solid on descent around 9:30am. Bit of solid ice on the 16 golden stairs, really the only ice I encountered. Did not use micro spikes on either the ascent of descent, never felt the need to. Barr Camp postings say that the trail is closed to the summit due to construction. Never saw the "closure" on the ascent, but did happen to notice a yellow cation sign buried in the snow on the descent around 13,600ft. Regardless, about 100ft from the summit, I could hear construction, so I decided to scramble a bit to the northeast as the Barr Trail heads southwest. Was able to fully summit for a short moment near the north side of the pikes complex at the top. Decided I did not want to get yelled at by a construction worker so I quickly climbed back down 100ft and hung out there for a bit. Point of the story, summer conditions and you are not meant to be summiting via the Barr Trail, but you definitely can with a bit of scrambling and a lot of stubbornness against the rules. Not sure how long construction will be going on, maybe someone can shed some light on that subject? 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-12, By: MileHighTexan
Info: As others have reported the gate to Crags Campground is still closed so you have to park on the road and hike the extra 1 mi. each way. We arrived around 8 AM and were lucky to get one of the last spots along the road past the Mennonite Camp. Minimal amount of snow/ ice on the trail. We brought microspikes but never needed to use them but trekking poles were helpful in a few spots. Fun and challenging hike. Took us about 8 hrs overall with stops along the way and at the summit for lunch. Only saw about 12 other hikers all day. Lots of construction at the summit. We were told by the park ranger that in a few weeks they are starting construction on a pedestrian view deck that will close summit access from the Barr Trail for at least a year. Storm started to build around 1 PM but never really materialized beyond a few snow flakes. . . it was pretty cool with the sun shining and a some flakes falling. Fun hike but make sure you start early and bring plenty of aqua. Round trip ~16 miles and 4,500' vert. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-10, By: whirlejon
Info: Road is still closed at gate about a mile before (just past the Mennonite camp) the Crags trailhead. Road and Trail are both in good shape, not much snow, definitely nothing that can't be avoided with minimal effort. Left the car at 545a, summited at 920a, back at the car by 1230. Trail was frozen on the ascent, on the return the trail was starting to get muddy (below Devil's Playground), snow was still solid, no issues breaking through the snow. Parking lot was mostly full at 530a when I arrived, plan accordingly. When I got back to the car a couple officers were giving tickets to folks parked along the road. 
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Route: Y Couloir/Crags/Rumdoodle
Posted On: 2020-05-10, By: Kevin Baker
Info: Road to the Crags TH is still gated just past the Mennonite campground at 9,700 ft even though the road is dry, which adds 1.1 miles each way. Crags route is almost in summer condition other than a few patches of snow. Rumdoodle Ridge is mostly dry. Snow climbing season on Pikes will be short unless there is significant late spring storms. Climbed the Y couloir direct. Very firm conditions throughout the climb. Snow doesn't start until the wrecked car. Good booter in place from previous parties. Far left finish is melted out at the top and far right is very icy at the split. Still continuous snow in the direct finish. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-07, By: CJHubbard
Info: The gate is closed 1 mile from the trailhead but trail conditions are great. I'd say over 75% of the trail was bare ground. Absolutely no need for traction/snowshoes. The patches of snow that still remained were short and could easily be avoided. Windy and chilly today but a nice day out. Lots of construction happening on the summit. 16 miles round trip due to the gate being closed. Started at 0545 finished at 1230. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-04, By: Been_Jammin
Info: Northwest Slopes are in borderline summer condition. Micro spikes are still worth the weight in the a.m., and gaiters were helpful for the 3-5 memorable postholes. A few more nice days and this route might be clear. Mostly sunny. Wind gusts up to ~20 mph above tree line. ~40 degrees F on the summit. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-01, By: BorderCollie
Info: Barr Trail is doable to the summit. About a mile below A-Frame, I put on the micro-spikes. Then took them off for mile 10. Then put them back on for the last 2 miles! Poles were very helpful with the snow conditions and it was easy to follow the trail using the footsteps other people left behind. The last 1/4 mile is a bit confusing. Get a good early start or you will post-hole! 
 
Route: Y Couloir
Posted On: 2020-04-29, By: jrs1965
Info: Pikes Peak is open. Climbed the Y Couloir from Rumdoodle Ridge today. Was first in-line at the gate for PP Highway when it opened at 9 AM. Parked one vehicle on the summit and then drove back down and parked the second vehicle at mile 16. Descended Rumdoodle Ridge where we had a few soft snowy spots, but not too bad. Bottomless Pit still held quite a lot of soft snow with some post-holing. On the north side of the valley the snow was very solid/dense. Crampons went on just a little ways past the destroyed pick-up truck. Was warm today so was able to kick-step all the way to the top... Saw tons of skiers/boarders above Glen Cove. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-04-28, By: Scotty21
Info: The road from Hwy 67 to the parking area is free of snow. Gate is closed (2 1/2 miles in) before the official Devils Playground-Crags trailhead, but there are plenty of parking spaces available right before reaching the locked gate. The trail is mostly covered with snow but very visible bootpack all the way to the summit. Snow softens During the afternoon. Shin/knee deep Postholing in few places on the way down especially before entering tree line. Slushy Snow maybe slick, use caution. Worn microspikes the entire hike. Watch for carins once you reach the last pitch to the summit. Be mindful and use caution when you past by the construction area near the current summit house. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-04-27, By: RhodoRose
Info: Via the Crags. The road from Hwy 67 to the parking area is free of snow. Gate is still closed before the official trailhead parking, but there is ample parking space available before reaching the locked gate. The trail is mostly covered with snow but visible bootpack all the way to the summit. Floatation not needed, spikes are a must, especially on the last pitch - the snow can be slick and several boulders are loose. Watch your step. No cornices along the route. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-04-11, By: brauda02
Info: I parked at the free parking in Manitou and ran up and down Barr Trail today. The trail is pretty much completely dry up to Barr Camp. Then it gets pretty icy up to the A-frame. I used microspikes from about a mile past Barr Camp to the summit and all the way back to Barr Camp. There's patches of dry trail, but it's not worth taking them off. The sun was very intense above tree line. I was surprised the snow held mostly firm. I started at 9am, hilariously late too. I carried an ice axe, more so to test carrying it on my run pack than thinking I would need it to summit. I was happy to have it for the last 500'. There's a few side hills that a slip on firms snow would not be good. I should add that I wore trail runners and shorts! It was a great run back to Manitou. 9 hours 21 minutes. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-03-23, By: Been_Jammin
Info: I used microspike and they were very helpful. There was maybe a half mile section of the route where snowshoes would of been helpful. But save the weight because starting from the winter trailhead this is a legit 16 mile SLOG. Conditions were 30 - 40 mph winds, sub-zero wind-chill, partly sunny. I left gaiters and snow goggles at home and highly regretted that decision. Side note: Unleashed dogs are absolutely trash trail etiquette. And I'm not saying to keep them leashed at all times... if you are on a trail that is not busy then by all means set the furry friend free. But, be aware of your surroundings and when you are going to pass another dog get your good buddy back on a leash. To the group I cursed at on my descent... I'm sorry for dropping the F bomb. Not sorry for telling you how rude you are. My doggo doesn't want your random doggo in his butt. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-03-16, By: pirates14
Info: Parked a mile below Crags campground by the closed gate. Nice snowpack/dirt to treeline..route was about half melted out from 12,000 ft to the summit with some mild postholing. Summit was packed full of cars and people. No traction or flotation needed for the way up. Spikes will save you plenty of time coming down 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-03-16, By: Randy1983
Info: Rare solitude on the summit for the last weekend in winter this year. Snow through the trees was hard packed on the way up for now, melting fast. Wish I would have brought skis for the descent. No traction/flotation needed. Hero Traverse and Y-Col: I was hoping to do these routes to make the day a bit more fun. But after getting a good look at the lack of and condition of the snow on the north face, I opted to just stick with the standard route. Seriously bummed I didn't get a chance to try these routes as they look like fun snow climbs. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-03-15, By: Chris Rivera
Info: Trail is easy to follow up to the tree line. Microspikes came in handy. Above the tree line the snow has largely melted and so my snowshoes ended up being dead weight. From Devils Playground to pikes the trail is also relatively easy to follow, the road opened up for the day so there was a bit of noise from the traffic. 

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