Pikes Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-02-27, By: mrschaible
Info: Pikes Peak via the Crags. The first few miles of the trail is hardpacked and easy to follow. If you follow the "most used" trail, it will take you a fair way north and you will have to follow the ridgeline back to the road that leads out to the Pikes Peak Hwy. This is not bad as the snow is hardpacked or very shallow. On my descent, I tried to follow the normal Crags trail from the road that leads off Pikes Peak Hwy and the trail disappered at tree line. There are several sets of tracks you can follow at treeline. I chose the most obvious and they led me way off track before finally coming back to the hardpacked trail. The snow was quite deep but the tracks made it doable without snow shoes. Highly recommend going down the same track you go up as it will save you time and distance. The more northern track is much prefered to the normal crags trail. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-02-23, By: dave philipps
Info: From crags trail the way is packed snow for the first three miles. No snowshoes needed though spikes could be handy. Above treeline high winds have removed most of the snow. We did the whole thing with no snowshoes. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-02-20, By: kman
Info: Climbed up and down Pikes Peak via Barr Trail yesterday, February 19th 2011. Left at 06:18 from the parking lot and returned at 8:14 pm with a one hour break each way at Barr Camp. Barr Trail is mostly bone-dry for the first three miles, then becomes mostly icy all the way to Barr Camp. Traction devices are highly recommended for this stretch. Past Barr Camp, and all the way to timberline the trail is snow covered, but definitely not deep enough for snowshoes. The East face (above treeline) was mostly devoid of snow, but the actual trail itself still contained a lot of residual snow from the last snowstorm. This snow, however, was super consolidated and wind-crusted and was easy to walk on. No snowshoes or traction devices were required above treeline to the summit. The summit itself was mostly bare of any snow. The winds were ferocious, but that's to be expected. Clouds moved in during my descent, and it started snowing. Total accumulations (above Barr Camp) were probably no more than 2 inches. So, Barr Trail is still in "good" condition until the next major snowstorm hits the Pikes Peak region. Picture #1 shows the trail conditions on the way up. Picture #2 shows the snow during my descent. Picture #3 shows areas of wind-crusted snow over the trail. Picture #4 shows the trail just below A-Frame during the descent. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-02-13, By: ChickenFriedSteak
Info: There was plenty of snow on the bottom all the way up to almost Devil‘s Playground (basically through picture 7 in the route description). We think it was at least a foot of snow. The rest of the route was pretty rocky/icy with patches of snow that you sometimes postholed through. I used snowshoes for the bottom, my buddy used Kahtoolas. There was enough snow that my buddy wanted gaiters. We saw some ski tracks up to treeline and maybe even a snowboard track. I‘m not a backcountry skiier so I wouldn‘t know if there was enough snow. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-02-11, By: CO Native
Info: Looks like the winds really scoured the East face in the past couple of days. Almost all the snow that recently fell appears to be gone now. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-02-05, By: rkohler
Info: Road to Crags CG open and passable, about 2-3" unpacked granular powder on the way up, well-packed tracks all the way to the parking area. Devil's Playground trail is very thin. Snowshoes are fine, boots with Yax will get you up no problem in the trees. Not enough for skiing. XC or skinning up are both fine, but coming down there are exposed rocks everywhere. Did not go all the way up due to weather moving in and lack of snow. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-01-26, By: mrschaible
Info: Climbed Pikes Peak from the Crags. Perfect day for climbing with calm winds. Route was easy to follow until treeline when I lost it due to blown snow over the last few days. Made my way up to the saddle and could see the trail up to the summit. No snow shoes required but microspikes were very helpful. Snow was about 4" deep above treeline until the last 300‘ of the climb when it jumped to 6-9". The last three hundred feet required careful foot placement as you could not see the rocks you were stepping on. Trailhead was driveable by a Toyota Prius. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-01-16, By: GeorgeB
Info: Good packed trail to treeline, then minimal snow to summit. No need for snowshoes, I got by with goretex trailrunners and gaiters. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2011-01-16, By: sgladbach
Info: Barr Trail, as usual, is well packed to Barr Camp. Microspikes recommended. Barr Camp to A- Frame and another 200‘ above, 5" light snow, snowshoes not required. tTmberline to the summit, mostly dry. Return?? Same snow conditions; more of a downward slope for the next 12.2 miles, 7400‘. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2010-12-25, By: pklotzbach
Info: We hiked up Pike‘s Peak via the Barr Trail from Manitou Springs today. The trail is dry to No Name Creek. From there to Barr Camp, there are traces of snow, but nothing significant. From Barr Camp to A-Frame, there is a light covering of snow on the trail, but other than a few icy spots, it‘s fine. Above treeline, snow depth increases a bit (4-6" deep in a few places). My wife and I broke trail for part of the route above treeline today, and others were also climbing, so if you head up this week, the trail should be pretty packed down. We brought along Yak-Trax, but we decided not to use them, since there was very little ice along the trail. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2010-12-19, By: Nathan Hoobler
Info: We hiked up the Barr Trail today. It took us 10 hours trailhead to summit. Surprisingly little snow. A couple of drifts, but they are easy to get around or through. Gaitors or snowshoes were not necessary. The highway was closed, so our ride couldn‘t make it past Glen Cove. We took the train down (very nice!). 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2010-12-07, By: hillbillyMOUNTAINEER
Info: Crags trail covered in snow until timberline. Did not need snowshoes, just good boots. Rest of trail is clear to the top, last pitch has snow in between rocks almost knee high. Peak is getting cold, cover yer face! My playtpus hose froze about 800ft from top. This was my first 14er, and solo ---- now I am addicted, felt so good to hit the top! 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2010-11-29, By: d_baker
Info: Very little snow from the Crags side. Did not need snowshoes, brought micro-spikes for the hike to the summit, but did not need them either. The road to the TH is very doable right now, but some snow did fall yesterday afternoon and last night. Conditions would obviously be a bit different because of that. Goggles & facemask were the norm‘ for Sunday‘s hike. Sorry, no pictures. 

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