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 Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  dannyrehn
 Date of Information:  01/21/2012
 Date Posted:  01/22/2012
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Started hiking around 10am. The trail is all packed snow (some terrain with no snow at all) until getting to treeline, after which I couldn't see any clear trail. I wore yaktrax for the trip, and that was all that was needed for the entire route, even above treeline. Should have had gators for stepping through a few deeper snow spots, though.

The weather forecast predicted 20-30 mph winds, with gusts up to 90 for Pikes Peak, but it was more like 50 mph average wind speed above treeline (felt like sticking your body out of a car window on the highway the entire time). In places, had to get low to the ground/ crawl up because wind was so strong. Decided not to make summit due to wind, and went to Sentinel Point instead (I thought the trail there would be more blocked by winds, since wind was mostly coming from the south). Still was unbelievably windy, but there were places, usually on the north side of a hill, where wind was blocked somewhat.

Photos:
1 - Windiest part of the trip was near the rock formations shown
2 - Picture taken while hiding behind the rocks
3 - Pikes from Sentinel Point



Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3


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