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|2016-09-23||Route: East Slope
Info: The City of Manitou Springs has recently Increased the parking fees for Barr Trail parking lot, which is the trail head for Pikes Peak from $5.00 to $20.00 per day. If you want to climb Pikes Peak for free, take the Northwest slope route. There is a little town called Divide near by where you can get supples of needed. There is camping available on this Northwest slope route in the Crags campground.
|2016-09-22||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: From Crags trailhead, no hikers until DP parking lot. Trail was very dry with no snow. Good traction on slopes. Summitted at 12:30 p.m., windy at 20-30 mph, temps in the 40's, clouds coming in but no rain or lightning/thunder.
|2016-09-20||Route: Crags Trailhead
Info: Climbed via Crags Trailhead on Sunday 9/19/16. Route was completely free of snow, no traction needed . Better climb it this week before the snow comes in. Added one picture of the Northwest face, most of the snow in the picture is on the north face. Great day , little wind, sunny with no clouds.
|2016-09-18||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Hiked up this day with my oldest son (age 12) and it was a great time. No snow, trail was in great shape, beautiful weather, not too windy. Last mile was a little tricky going over all the rocks (though they were dry) - definitely dicey with a little dude in tow, but he made it. Great day to be outside!
|2016-09-15||Route: East Slope
Info: Hiked/trail ran Barr Trail from trailhead to summit and back yesterday morning. Entire trail in perfect condition with zero snow all the way up. Minimal wind the last 2-3 miles below the summit.
|2016-09-02||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: No snow till around 13k. Last 800 feet of elevation or so was very slippery. I used microspikes here, and recommend having them packed just in case. I past a couple of guys that were not using them ... one mentioned that he might ask for a ride down to the devils playground so that he didn't have to go down from the summit to "little pikes," again it was very slick!
|2016-08-31||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Up and down Crags today leaving at 5am. snow started at around 12k and was manageable for a while, then turned to posthole hell after rounding around Little Pikes. On the final push up the summit snow was 2 to 3 feet deep in places. As you can imagine the snow did not get any better on the way down....A nice boot track should be in place now with about 15 people I saw on the route today. I would recommend some sort of flotation or nice cold overnight temps. Still cant beat a day on the mountain!
|2016-08-29||Route: East Slope
Info: Nice storm came in last night and Pikes was white this morning. Not the best pic and the peak is cloud covered, but it gives an idea.
|2016-08-22||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Arrived at Crag's Peak 5:30AM--dry road, easy to navigate even in a Kia Soul. Plenty of parking room. Only saw a few people on the trail. A few stormclouds overhead but no rain, and beautiful weather until we finished at 2:45PM.
|2016-07-08||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Parked at Crag's Trailhead at 6:15 am and there were only a few cars there. Route is perfectly clear except for maybe 50 ft of snow on the crest of the first ridge at 12,700. My cousin visiting from North Carolina suffered from altitude headache and shoes without good treads so we took it pretty slow. We both suffered from donuts overdose on the way down. 4 hours to the top. about 2.75 hours down.
|2016-07-02||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: The peak is in summer conditions. One major snowfield left but you should have no problem passing through it. Top of route is full of boulders which become very slippery when wet.
|2016-06-28||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: As previously mentioned the Trail is in summer conditions. only two very small snow fields remain that are barely worth mentioning. Several groups summited today.
|2016-06-23||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Route is nearly snow free with only the usual 3 snowfields still hanging on: cresting to Devils Playground, rounding Little Pikes Peak, and in the boulderfield. All are easily navigable. Rest of the route is in full on summer condition.
|2016-06-11||Route: East Slope
Info: Hiked to Camp Barr Fri 6/10/16. Got rained on a bit, but otherwise the trail is beautiful. Spent the night at Camp Barr. I was on the trail by 7:00 am, summit at 11:30. Barr trail is basically clear, with only patches of snow until about 12,500 feet. A LOT of active melt, and in the next few days even more of the trail will be exposed. After that, I was able to follow the trial pretty easily with alternating 100 yd sections of snow that had firm steps kicked in and then clear trail. I experienced little post-holing. The last 500 feet of elevation I lost the trail and cut left at the sign for the 16 golden steps and made straight for the summit. Again, nice deep snow pockets from previous hikers that held up well. No need for snowshoes or spikes. Nobody that was carrying snowshoes that I talked to even put them on. I had spikes but didn't use them. Again, rapid melt and the trail will quickly be clear.
|2016-06-02||Route: Barr Trail
Info: Started at the trailhead at 5 am. Weather was forecast in the 70's and clear. Made Barr Camp by 9:30am. 4.8 miles from the summit we ran into snow, going in up to our hips in some places and lost the trail. After some searching, we found the trail and hiked to the A frame where the trail was lost. A lot of snow- could not continue on Barr Trail. We went up left of where the Barr Trail would be, climbing up the rocky face. Took a total of 12 hours to summit.
|2016-05-30||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: Hero's Traverse and the Y was full of snow from start to finish. Snow was in decent condition. Soft in spots. Crust in others.
|2016-05-29||Route: East Slope
Info: Summited Pikes Peak on 05/29/16. Thought some may want an update if planning on hiking it in the next couple days. Stayed at Barr Camp on night of 5-28. Left at 6 a.m. the morning of 05-29. Getting an early start was key. We were able to summit by 10:30 a.m. thanks to the snow being nice and frozen still. Went to the a-frame and pretty much straight up from there. Went up the southeast ridge and then traversed across to come up right at the summit house. On snow most of the way. No snowshoes were necessary, only because we left first thing in the morning before the sun could put too much heat on the snow. You could definitely tell that there were many who had postholed before us. Spikes are a must for stability. It did start to rain about 1 p.m. The highway to the top was still closed as of 05/29. Gorgeous day.
|2016-05-22||Route: East Slope
Info: I took the tram to the top of Pikes Peak on Sunday intending to hike down the Barr Camp trail only to find that the trail was completely covered by snow and not visible. Two strong young climbers had just come up and said the last part was through knee-deep snow and very difficult. I took the tram down and got off at the Barr Camp exit and came down that way. The trail was totally clear except for many, many hikers and runners.
|2016-05-21||Route: East Slope
Info: We started from the base of the incline this weekend at 4am and made it to Barr Camp by about 8am and the A Frame by 9. There was some snow from the Barr Camp to the A Frame but a lot more once we started climbing the bowl. We put on snow shoes just after the A Frame and slogged our way up to the summit, reaching it by 12:00. The trail was not visible and the snow (without shoes) was knee deep in places. However, it would have been possible to make the summit without snow shows by sticking to the rocky areas. The snow is melting quickly and may soon expose the Barr trail.
|2016-05-21||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: Skied the Y today. Didn't go all the way to the Bottomless Pit as the snow has not consolidated and the climb out was a post hole sweatfest. The direct entrance is good to go from the tip as is the one to its northwest. The other two further to the NW looked like there may be some down climbing. Again the snow was not the greatest for climbing but decent for skiing. Lots of roller ball and point release stuff happening on the face. The Railroad looked ok but not as good as last year, lots of debris and it is not as clean at the top (rocks). The summit house couloir was decent looking but again lots of small slough and roller balls coming from the rocks. In all I'm not sure how long the Northface will hold snow for a ski this season, the temperature at the summit was 41 at 11am. Going to go fast with more days like this. But from a climbing perspective the NF should be good for a few for sure.