|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||04/27/2013|
Trail was awesome until about 500 feet above tree line. Made the first 9 miles in about 3.5 hours, then things really slowed down. I ended up getting a little off trail towards the top and took the northeast ridge up instead of the southwest. The bowl between the two was buried in snow and I did not want to cross back over and get back on trail. Post holing above tree line was a major issue, it was a pretty warm sunny day so the snow did not support me at all. Took about 3 hours to summit once I got above tree line, had the trail been clear I imagine it would have taken 1 hour, so take that for what its worth. Pretty miserable/exhausting above tree line, but definitely do-able. With the warm weather the snow should be going away pretty soon, but until then, beware of the post holing.