I just joined recently so pardon the tardiness of putting a 5 month old trip report on here. On July 31st I ascended Pike's Peak from the Crags Trailhead. The climb was fairly straight forward. There are a few forks in the road but for the most part it is fairly easy to navigate. The first part to notice is that there is a new trailhead that is separate from the campground. The one from the campground can be used, but only if you are staying there. I did dispersed camping so my route took only a little bit longer. It is important to stay toward the right and follow the signs that point to Devil's Playground. I was fairly unprepared in that I knew that I could get to the summit from the Crags, but I was not aware that Devil's Playground was along the way. Since there were two trails with one heading to the actual crags and the other heading to the summit. When I started to get a little more elevation and caught up with some other people I asked if I was on the trail to go to the summit and was assured that I was right on track. Funny enough they referred me to this site which was my first introduction to this site. (View from just before leveling off to the road leading to Devil's Playground) When I reached Devil's playground after going through the "Gates of Mordor" I was very surprised to see a band playing there.
The band was playing on Devil's Playground and ironically singing a song titled "Go to hell" I found out there was a cancer foundation called "Love Hope Strength" which puts on extreme concerts to raise awareness. I stopped and relaxed for a bit and enjoyed the music. Then I made the final climb up to the summit where I had my pic taken. Then I got to sit and listen some more for Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional!! I posted two videos on youtube. Here is one of them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXgsMLNrtMc After I stayed and listen I braved the descent with clouds covering the summit 360 degrees around unfortunately. The bottomless pit still looked beautiful though. Overall this was a very nice climb. I started around 7 am and got to the summit around 11:45 am but I stopped at the concert for a good 20 minutes. I was a little discouraged and even a little disappointed to see that the second half of the summit was parallel to the road. Especially when I am tired and chugging along and I see a group of kids giving me a condescending look from there air conditioned cheaters ascent. If I want to remedy this though i think I will definitely have to look into the Barr Trail for another time.