|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||11/11/2011|
Climbed up and down Pikes Peak via Barr Trail yesterday - November 11. From the parking lot to the big yellow sign (about three miles up) that tells you to go right to the Old Experimental Forrest, or left to continue to the summit, the trail is devoid of snow. Just past that, however, the trail becomes snow covered (see first picture) and VERY icy all the way to Barr Camp. Traction devices highly recommended here. From Barr Camp to timberline, the trail was covered by a few inches of snow that has not yet turned to ice, so this section was less slippery. From timberline to about 12,000 ft. the trail was very manageable with some short sections completely devoid of snow. From 12,000 ft. to the summit, the trail is snow-filled and wind-crusted and in some cases, covered by deep drifts. It is also very icy in spots. Some route-finding was necessary. The second picture shows conditions on the trail just below the summit during the descent. The third picture shows one of the more "sketchy" sections that was wind-crusted and icy, just below the summit. The fourth picture shows trail conditions on the long traverse across the East face during the descent.
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