|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||10/03/2012|
Very dry trail all the way to the saddle after slope at 12,750‘ (Photo #1 just after saddle). Spotty, avoidable snow (crusty/icy) from here until the final, rocky pitch somewhere around 13,500‘ at which point it becomes mostly unavoidable. Microspikes and trekking poles aren‘t necessarily required, but they certainly are helpful. I put my spikes on around 13,700‘ or so I‘d guess (Photo #2). Definitely helpful on the descent to prevent slipping. Very windy on top (I believe gusts got up to 50mph around 10:30am today... just as I summited). Not sure how long this conditions report will be valid for with the cold front and possibly snow coming in tonight.
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