|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||06/08/2013|
Saturday, 6/8, I summit Pikes Peak twice.
I started from Barr Camp, and I can report the hike up is good to go, until you hit the last 1/2 mile prior to the summit. And only then, you only have to deal with soft-wet-snow in certain places, mostly around the 16 golden steps. Be prepared to get your feet wet, but other than that, this peak is good to go from the East Side.
After summiting P/P, I went down to the Crags Campground via the crags trail thru the Devil's playground. After a nice run down, I turned around and re-climbed P/P back up the same north-western trail. There is more snow on the western side of the mountain, but once again, it really only comes into play for the last 1/2 prior to the summit.
After my 2nd summit of the day, I ran back to Barr Camp.
I used trail running shoes, and I had no real issues with the snow, other than wet feet here and there.
So I am here to report, that both of the common routes are good to go for the new peak season. Happy Trails.