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|2014-08-01||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Excellent trail, muddy in some places. Overall, an easy trail but it is long. Steep at the beginning and at the summit... Also, unfortunately we couldn‘t find the USGS marker on the summit. We were the only ones on the summit because we were up so early (summit at 6:30). Perfect weather, perfect trail!
|2014-06-28||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Hiked up from Crags yesterday (Sat Jun 2 - trail dry to the summit, no snow gear needed. From the ridge after the first hard right turn to the summit, the wind picked up and stayed windy to the top.
|2014-06-14||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Pretty much perfect. Started out at 6am from the Crags with the sun still on the east side so wore a hard shell and wind pants over shorts & t-shirt. Near the top was cooler and a little breezy at times but the body heat evened that out. We had to watch our step twice - crossing the creek in the woods and through a snow patch up high. Prob not even worth mentioning. Respected the altitude the last 500 feet or so. Just another great day in CO! Then on a sad note, when I got home from this cool hike, my wife told me our cat Henry got out and went missing. It‘s been a week and he‘s still not back. Super bummed about that. Great hike though, enjoy.
|2014-06-14||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: We arrived at Crags campground and were on the trail by 6am. Only 14er I could find via the reports that didn‘t have snow as of last week and you have to do Pikes sometime. Easy, beautiful hike for the 2/3rd until you hit the road. Then it becomes noisy and filled with cars. Summit is unpleasant with the amount of people but it is nice to get out of the wind. Barely any snow at all, Bad storms start about 2pm. Wind was constant, worst wind I‘ve ever had and it started above treelike till the summit. Otherwise would have been hot and sunny. Good hike for early season.
|2014-06-13||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: The Y Couloir Direct route is still in for climbing or skiing. I was able to make a few turns on the summit before needing to down climb mixed rock and ice, with some snow for about 25 feet to enter the couloir as it is not in from the summit, nor has it been all year that I‘ve seen. The upper couloir was very firm, almost icy, especially where the sun had not yet hit the snow. From approximately 1/4 down the couloir the snow had seen the sun and was very nice corn. The rock rib area BARELY holds continuous snow, and this was too tight to ski, so this area was down climbed also (25 feet). Once approaching the Bottomless Pit area more rocks were present and eventually it just wasn‘t worth working through them anymore. Overall, I was able to ski 1,600 vertical feet. The snow mostly stayed firm for the ascent. I started skiing at 09:30 and was back at the summit at 12:15. The road opening was delayed for an hour due to the hill climb race tire testing. I believe the road is delayed an hour the next two days as well.
|2014-06-08||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: The couloir is getting thin but is still in as of 6/8. The railroad couloir is no longer in.
|2014-06-08||Route: East Slope
Info: Headed up the Barr Trail today, almost no snow below treeline. A dozen or so snow patches to cross on the Barr Trail between 12800ft and the summit, but all have nice paths stomped into them so none are an issue. Good water flowing at Barr Camp and smaller snow melt streams near the A-frame and at 13100ft, these may dry up sooner. Trail is pretty close to usual summer conditions so enjoy.
|2014-06-07||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: Hero Traverse to Y-couloir (we took the right fork of the Y). The short stretch from where you park to the hero traverse was dicey, especially the first few moves. About 1/3 of the way down, we faced in and kicked steps in. That section was short and the worst part of the day. The traverse is mostly snow (deep and soft). We post holed a few times (thigh to waist area), but mostly found it easy walking. The couloir is almost continuous snow. There is one very short section of rock. The snow was soft all day. It is still pretty deep. It was very easy to kick steps in with our boots. We never needed our crampons. At the very top, we went to the right and finished the climb on the rocks. The snow line turned to ice. I am not a skier, but my friend who is said that he would ski it. The soft, deep snow added time, but both the traverse and the couloir were very comfortable terrain for me.
|2014-06-07||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Beautiful day on Pikes, returned to the car just as the storms started. No traction needed, there are maybe like 5 snow patches, they can be deep but nothing to bad at all. Just hiking boots, jeans and a small jacket were all that is needed, hardly any snow left at all.
|2014-06-07||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Great conditions and pretty good weather. Only a few small snowfields to cross. May have post-holed 6 steps altogether. Brought microspikes and gaiters and never used either. Pike‘s is open for business.
|2014-05-31||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: A few pictures of our hike up Pikes Peak from the Crags Trail Head / Devil‘s Playground Trail on Saturday, May 31st, 2014. A few feet of snow in some places between the Dyke and the summit. Hiking boots were sufficient; gaiters & microspikes would have been nice in some spots, but definitely not necessary.
|2014-05-25||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: Hiked in via Barr trail. Conditions were variable throughout the length of the hike. Once turning off to the trail leading to the Bottomless Pit, we encountered deep drifts and very soft snow. Postholing was inevitable and sometimes up to my hip. Once entering the couloir, the snow was still soft on the lower 1/3 and we were kicking steps that were 8-10 inches. Snow started to firm up near the narrow part of the couloir. We topped out about 10:00.
|2014-05-24||Route: East Slope
Info: Trail was great until the timberline. Still a fair amount of snow above the trees. Trail was tough to follow (we lost it several times anyway). Never did find the golden stairs. Didn‘t need snowshoes or yak‘s though. Maybe a couple areas would‘ve been nice to have snow shoes, but wouldn‘t be worth lugging them up.
|2014-05-18||Route: Three Little Pigs- Right
Info: I went up the Couloir known as \"The Three Little Pigs- Right\" with a buddy today. Warm temps in and around Glen Cove- 50+ degree F. We encountered excellent snow conditions. There were at least a dozen parties skiing various lines throughout the Glen Cove area. The snow became quite heavy towards the afternoon and I observed several small wet slides (D1/R1-1.5). Every main line in the area has seen numerous descents. We opted to ski down the left bowl and enjoyed approx 200-250ft of untracked snow. The road to the summit was closed due to icy road conditions.
|2014-05-14||Route: East Slope
Info: Went up to Barr Camp this morning. A group of four ahead of us turned around below tree line because the snow was up to their knees. Barr Camp area was snowy, but no traction devices needed. Lower trail is totally dry. Looks like the mountain got a pretty good hit of about 14 inches according to the caretakers. I would expect with the rising temperatures later this week for the trail to be wet and sloppy for a few days.
|2014-05-10||Route: Flying W Couloir-Left Branch
Info: Had been hoping to climb the Y from the Toll road but because the road was closed at Devil‘s Playground we opted to try the left branch of the Flying W, aka the Three Pigs, aka the Three Fingers from Glen Cove. It appears in Image 1. All three branches appear to be in great shape. Splitting off (left) from the start of the three couloirs, we ascended over a little rock but not too much. The couloir comes into view shortly (image 2). It was in great shape with some windblown areas but nothing that precluded steps from being kicked. It reached 45 to maybe 50 deg slope (see image 3), but was in wonderful shape. We were almost completely on snow versus the other branches which have rock steps and require protecting. The left branch was a nice steep snow climb. Toping out we were in the sun (image 4) but could see the storm moving in from the West. We descended a sloping ridge between the W and the wide bowl many skiers use East of the W. We hit the road and walked a little ways back to the car. Great short day on our home-town mountain.
|2014-05-10||Route: "Y" Couloir
Info: Climbed the Y Couloir via Barr Trail to the Bottomless Pit, ascended the Couloir then hiked down the East Face. From the Barr Trail cutoff to the Bottomless Pit, there was lots of residual snow in the treeline. Carried snowshoes but did not use them due to the well-consolidated snow conditions (see picture #1). The Couloir held some of the best snow conditions that I‘ve experienced in my 5 times climbing it. Ice axe placement was like the "sword in the stone." Picture #2 shows 14ers member ylingli climbing above me in the lower portion of the Couloir. Picture #3 shows 14ers member ylingli climbing above me in the middle section of the Couloir. Picture #4 shows 14ers member ylingli and conditions in the upper section (Direct Branch) of the Couloir. It was a long day, but conditions and weather were excellent.
|2014-05-10||Route: East Slope
Info: Descended the East Face of the Peak yesterday after climbing the Y Couloir via Barr Trail to Bottomless Pit and then up the Couloir on the North Face. Barr Trail is pretty much boot-packed in it‘s entirety. Most of the lower half of the East Face is wind blown (see picture #1), but the upper half still retains a lot of snow that covers the trail (see picture #2). Much of the trail is also icy, particularly in the area of the 16 Golden Stairs, and traction devices would be helpful. Picture #3 shows trail conditions on the long traverse. Picture #4 shows icy trail conditions just below treeline. Most of the snow and ice was gone about 2 miles below treeline, and the last 8 miles to the parking lot was pretty much bare dirt.
|2014-05-04||Route: East Slope
Info: Went up Barr Trail today. No snow to Barr Camp. Intermittent snow above, beginning mostly continuous from the "Bottomless Pit 2.4" sign to A-Frame. Traction was helpful early, especially in the are around the A-Frame. . Above the A-Frame is clear for several switchbacks, then covered and somewhat difficult to find trail in spots. Long traverse around 13,000‘ is melting out quickly. 16 Golden Stairs holding a good amount of snow, easily bypassed though. We climbed in running shoes and microspikes. No issues at all. The snow that is left is melting fast. I wouldn‘t be surprised if it‘s 99% clear in another two weeks or so.
|2014-04-27||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Don‘t underestimate the wind-chill! I could handle the snow and even the wind, but I was not prepared for the -20degF windchill (per mountain-forecast.com) even though I wore several thermal layers and mitts. Our buffs, our only wind protection for our face, froze solid; I don‘t know which was worse - the ice chips in the incessant >45mph winds stinging my exposed skin or the solid icy buff "protecting" my face while impairing my breathing at 13,000 ft. Anyway, needless to say, had to turn back or face (ha ha, get it?) frost-bite. Broke trail the entire way - hopefully the people that played safely in the trees below us appreciated my hard work! Snowshoes were great, but probably not necessary since the temps were below freezing most of the time. My traction-less partner only slipped on ice once (that I saw), without even falling, but he sure did sink in a few postholes (not even one complaint so it must not have been too bad) Some of the snow on the trail in the trees was already melting so we could see the dirt trail. Without new snow, my guess is the trail will be easy to follow through the trees. Great snowpack up the ridge and over through Devil‘s Playground. Photos attached of trail snow on our descent and me with freezer-burned face (image 1), view of partial summit, highway with snow blowing across it, Devil‘s Playground hidden in blowing snow - this wind only got worse as we got closer to the summit (image 2), and image of trail in the trees with icecycle hanging off rocks (image 3), my climbing partner relieved to be out of the wind (image 4).