summers wrote:A friend and I climbed Pikes from Crags on Sunday April 10th, and saw one other person on the trail (a hiker who was turning back at Devils Playground). The summit gift shop is open, so we chatted with the employees while enjoying some hot chocolate. The cog railway is running, so if you timed the summit wrong there could certainly be a crowd. The road -- at least as of two weeks ago -- was closed, but I suspect that won't be true much longer. We had the mountain to ourselves. Not much of a spring experience though; we barely even used our microspikes. It was really sad how little snow there is on that mountain.
what might we expect pikes conditions to look like in mid may? completely snow free? muddy? i have a friend coming in from out of town around then and it would be a fun hike if the conditions were right.