KentonB wrote:Actually, the back (West) side of Pikes Peak often has enough snow for some good snowshoeing. I'm not sure most of the standard trails would require an Ice Axe, but I'm sure there are areas up there you could practice using one.
That said, I have not been "over the mountain" yet this year... Other's may be able to report on conditions.
Generally though, the Crags, Horsethief Park, and the west end of Gold Camp Road have a number of great hiking options with plenty of snow.
The back side of Pikes has lots of fresh snow. It had been quite dry up through January, but saw some snow earlier this month, and then probably a foot and a half or more just in the past week (mostly Sun. and Tue.).