Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  "Y" Couloir
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  treefrog2005
 Date of Information:  05/12/2013
 Date Posted:  05/12/2013

Broke in Bottomless Pit trail with snowshoes from Barr Trail switchback into Bottomless Pit area this morning. Took 4 hours to travel from Barr Camp to 12,500', almost to junction of Y & Railroad couloirs, but someone following the (now) broken trail may proceed quicker. We decided to turn back at 12,500' as snowshoes may not have provided enough traction above this point and crampons may have not provided enough flotation. By late morning the snow was wet and soft - we noticed numerous 'pinwheels' of snow coming down these two couloirs as well as four small point releases on the east face of Pikes as we descended the Barr Trail below Barr Camp.

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  • Comments or Questions

Trail to Barr?
05/13/2013 22:47
How was the trail up to Barr from the Tram station? Clear, need snow shoes, or just microspikes?



05/13/2013 23:23
for the report and for breaking trail to the Bottomless Pit! I will be making an attempt on the ”Y” this Saturday. Hopefully the snow will consolidate a little better by then.


Barr Trail conditions
05/14/2013 03:34
Barr Trail was doable in boots from Manitou Springs to Barr Camp. Beyond that, microspikes may be helpful, but it might be all melted by now. We were told by a couple guys summitting Sunday AM that snowshoes were necessary beyond the A-Frame.


Update from caretakers
05/14/2013 18:05
Thanks! New caretakers emailed saying the trail is mostly clear to Barr camp, and should be complete clear by the weekend!

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