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When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

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When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby MoonNerd » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:24 pm

We had a trip to hike Pikes Peak recently cancelled, and are trying to reschedule it. If you had to guess, how many more weeks would we have before snow would become an issue at the top of the trail? We are class 2 hikers without crampons, snowshoes, etc. Thanks for any advice.

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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby Scott P » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:27 pm

When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?


As soon as there is a big snowstorm.

Any answer beyond that would be a guess and even the best weatherman in the world couldn't predict that without getting lucky.

As for my guess, I'll say late October.
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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby MoonNerd » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:39 pm

Thanks Scott. That helps. We were looking at early October. From past memory I remember the big snowstorms hitting the last half of October but I figure you guys may remember better than I do.

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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby susanjoypaul » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:17 pm

During the evening news, the local weather guy was forecasting a cold front moving in on Tuesday and "a possibility of snow in the mountains" around Colorado Springs for Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby CO Native » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:41 pm

It's rare that snow is much of an issue on the Barr before late October/early November. Even an early season blizzard usually melts off fast.

There's a reason no ski resort has ever survived on Pikes Peak, it just doesn't get near the snow that the western slope mountains do.
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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby ed20320 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:33 am

I've climbed Pikes Peak 4 times in the winter and have never had any snow issues. I've climbed it once in February and three times in december. the first time i went on the mountain, i brought crampons, ice axe, tent and everything else you would normally bring for a winter climb. the last time i climbed it, i brought only food, a sleeping bag, sleeping pad and cloths. i quickly realized that i could hike up to the alpine hut (10 miles and 5000 ft) at tree line and sleep. climbing the east face direct didn't require any crampons or axe. below the alpine hut, you are totally protected by the trees.

my december climbs i did on the winter equinox and started out after dark. hiking the Barr trail at night was total blast. even without a full moon, there is enough ambient light that you don't need a head lamp. sleep as long as you want at the apline hut and climb the east face direct at your leisure. its a great climb, but don't underestimate the 26 mile RT and 7200 feet.

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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby Dark Helmet » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:31 am

I'm scheduled to do the trek on 10/5... I'll file a TR and let you know how it goes.

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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby blazebo » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:18 am

CO Native wrote:It's rare that snow is much of an issue on the Barr before late October/early November. Even an early season blizzard usually melts off fast.

There's a reason no ski resort has ever survived on Pikes Peak, it just doesn't get near the snow that the western slope mountains do.


this past year, we were running to barr camp in Feb and march without but a patch or two of snow. year before that you needed snowshoes in december. Lets hope this year is as good!
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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby ylingli » Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:33 pm

I hiked it last year in late October. It was sunny at the summit, and the trail was completely snow-free. There were patches of snow off the trail, but nothing actually on the trail and we wore running shoes. Hopefully, we'll get lucky again this October! :-D

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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby gdthomas » Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:22 pm

Maybe much earlier than anyone expects.

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/weather.php?ltype=1#


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Re: When will snow become a factor on Barr Trail?

Postby Tornadoman » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:31 am

http://www.springsgov.com/units/pikespeak/

Accumulating snow on Pikes right now.

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