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Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Post Date:  09/11/2009
Modified:  10/20/2009
Date Climbed:   09/10/2009
Posted By:  ColoNativeinPA


 Pikes Peak from the Northwest   

My first 14er!

Boloed on Blanca in July (altitude sickness ~500ft from the summit)

Started out from Crags Campground at 6am.
Reached the summit at 10am.
Weather was great. Not a soul on the trail (Weekday hike)


Early part of the hike was uneventful. Sunrise was 6:41am but light enough to start at 6am. I found the cut off to 664A no problem.
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At the beginning just going over the small foot bridges just before sun up. Very peaceful.
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As the sun was starting to come up over the rise I was passing the large rock formation to the north. (Gotta Rock Climb this someday!)
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The trail gets quite steep just before the break at the tree line. This photo is looking west and down hill just as the sun was coming up.
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Sunrise looking west to the rest of the Rockies!
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Above tree line on the way to Devils Playground no scrambling but the trail is steep.
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Looking south and West across Devils Playground - Don't know the peak?
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Be careful crossing the construction area during the week. the trucks and graters don't look for or care about hikers.

Pikes Peak from over the ridge. Geeze I think I have over 2.5 miles still to go!
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I thought this looked cool, Pike Peak through the opening in the rocks prior to Devils Playground.
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The view looking north just prior to the final pitch.
The hike up the final pitch was a challenge but it was very well marked and obviously well maintained.
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Another view looking slightly further east
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Me at the top with a pose I stole from someone that means a ton to me. "You're the best"
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On the way down past Devils Playground very steep here and the gravel is loose -- Watch your step - I have a bruise on my keester!
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I did bump into one other group just out for a day hike and they took my photo -- this is a lot better than how I looked on Blanca after altitude sickness.
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This is the rock formation again on the way down just below tree level.Image


Did all of this kind of on the spur of the moment because I had some time to kill before a late flight.

The approach from Crags Campground is less than 1/2 for Barr's trail. Why don't more people take this approach?



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