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 Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slope
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  kman
 Date of Information:  03/15/2014
 Date Posted:  03/16/2014
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From the parking lot to 3 miles up, Barr Trail is devoid of any snow or ice. From 3 miles up and all the way to Barr Camp, the trail is about 10% exposed dirt, 10% packed snow, and 80% ice (see picture #1). Traction devices highly recommended. From Barr Camp to the A-Frame Emergency Shelter sign, the trail is snow covered but with good boot-pack/trench (see picture #2). Many people are hiking up and making the A-Frame Shelter sign their turn around point, so because of all the foot traffic to that point, no snowshoes were needed. Above the A-Frame shelter, and all the way to the summit, the trail is pretty much snow covered and not visible. Route familiarity would be beneficial here. A storm that was forecast for the afternoon came in with a vengeance and shrouded the Peak in clouds. Picture #3 was taken during an "opening" in the clouds and shows snow conditions above treeline. Picture #4, captured off the Summit House webcam by my brother from the luxury of his warm living room, shows the snow conditions on the summit. On a side note, the huge boulder that slid down and came to rest in the middle of the trail (about a mile up from the parking lot) during last September‘s heavy rains, has now been "altered" and the trail nicely widened around it.


Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4


  • Comments or Questions (2)
d_baker


Y?     2014-03-16 15:45:54
Kman, we should climb the Y this year for your April or May grid slot! It would have to be a Sunday climb for me though.


kman


Y not?!!     2014-03-16 20:51:08
Sounds good to me Darin! Been climbing it every May for last 6-7 years and was going to do the Railroad Couloir this year instead. But, I could be persuaded to do the Y again. It would be great to climb with you again. Trying to get B. Tarvin penciled in as well. Will keep you updated.



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