Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  aliciaf
 Date of Information:  10/03/2012
 Date Posted:  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 arent necessarily required, but they certainly are helpful. I put my spikes on around 13,700 or so Id 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.

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

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