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 Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
 Post Date:  07/13/2009
 Date Climbed:   07/13/2009
 Posted By:  Limey

 Pikes Peak - Northwest Slopes   

Got a call late sat night that my buddy had Sunday free and wanted to hike his first 14er, oh and I get to choose which one I wanted to pick something close to Denver tho also something that I haven‘t done yet. L,B,D & C would of been my first choice but I have that planned for next week with another friend so I chose Pikes Peak seeing as I have only driven up it before.
We meet up off I-25 and make good time getting to the Crags campground trailhead at 7:15am. The car park was full and hikers everywhere. I brought Shep with me but being the bad daddy that I am I forgot his booties
The Route Description‘s I print off this website are awesome BUT if you don‘t read them then they don‘t help!! We were hiking up and missed the pipes coming out of the ground and then we over took some peeps where we were meant to turn at the stream crossing. Luckily for us a large group where heading back the other way and asked us if we knew where to go as they had hiked for over an hour without finding the trail. So I got out my 5 pages of info and realized we overshot where we were meant to turn. Once back on track the trail was marked pretty well and we had no issues other than at Devils playground where I had to check out the pics to see where we picked up the trail again. Dogs are allowed off leash as long as under voice command so Shep had a blast running ahead and watching the cars and bikes go by. Being so close to the road in certain areas kinda made this hike a little weird. We also never saw any wildlife tho I did hear some high pitched squeals from either Pikas or Marmots?
The boulders near the top were kinda steep but nothing on this hike was too hard. We ate lunch up top then headed back down as we could see some storms in the distance. It took us nearly 4 hours to hike up but only 2hrs 45 mins to get back down. The last 10 mins we got caught in a hail storm but the trees provided some nice protection along the trail.
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