|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||01/21/2012|
Hiked up and down the Peak with my brother via Barr Trail. From the parking lot to about three miles up, there is no snow or ice except for one small area just past were hikers/runners regain Barr trail after cutting down from the top of the Manitou Incline. From the point where the trail splits to the left to continue up the Peak or heads to the right to the Old Experimental Forest, the trail becomes snow-packed and icy all the way to Barr Camp. Traction devices recommended. From Barr Camp to timberline, the trail continues to remain snow-packed and icy and traction devices are recommended. From timberline to about 12,000 feet, there are lengthy areas where the trail is free of snow. From the 12,000 foot level to the summit, traction devices are HIGHLY recommended due to the hard-packed, very consolidated, icy snow sloping down across the trail. I‘m 6‘0" 200 lbs, & my brother is 6‘4" 220 lbs, and we were barley making a print on the snow! It was nice not having to post-hole! At this time of year, the winds can be ferocious as was evident during yesterday‘s climb - particularly on the summit! The entire time above treeline was spent climbing toward a constant roaring noise resembling jet engines as the wind whipped across the summit from West to East. We were only able to stay on the summit for a few minutes due to the strong wind gusts. Anyway, picture #1 shows trail conditions just before Barr Camp. Picture #2 shows the hard packed snow across the trail. Picture #3 shows my brother and trail conditions on the final push to the summit. Picture #4 shows icy trail conditions just below treeline during the descent.
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