Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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Hello, sending out a feeler. This is probably a bit early, but I like to be organized. I'm looking for a partner or 2 for a hike in June. Looking for my first 14er. Everything I've done prior is Southern Cali, Western SD and Arizona smaller hikes. I know Pikes Peak is commercialized and there are better views available. But Pikes Peak is on my list. Looking to come out a bit early to acclimate and to do an overnight hike or two. Would perhaps consider an additional or alternative hike as well. My days are flexible. If interested in chatting before hand we can plan it out. About me: 38, M, decent shape and continuing to work out. Peloton bike, row, guide user if you are on Peloton (jhaala). 605.521.0609.
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Re: Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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Just so you know Pikes will most likely have snow that time of year. Be prepared with spikes and proper boots.
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Buckie06 wrote: Wed Mar 06, 2024 8:01 am Just so you know Pikes will most likely have snow that time of year. Be prepared with spikes and proper boots.
Thanks for the info. I'm trying to time it when there's just some residual snow and before summer thunderstorms. My dates are flexible so I can wait for ideal conditions if needed.
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Re: Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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September would be the best bet if you want a chance of no snow with fewer thunderstorms.

June will probably have snow on most routes, but it shouldn't be a huge issue on the standard routes late in that month (though do use your own judgement). Do wear a good pair of boots early season.
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July is good if you like wildflowers, although Pikes Peak isn't the best for that (too dry). Pikes Peak is generally considered a poor choice for a first 14er, as the routes are so long. I should know, it was my first.... From Colorado Springs, I can drive to the Mosquito 14ers, climb, and drive home in less time than it takes to do the Crags hike, and it's a generally nicer experience. Parking for Barr Trail is a nuisance - either expensive or inconvenient.
Thunderstorms are less of an issue than you'd think - mornings are generally clear and sunny in the summer, and many days are completely dry (good point forecasts are available from links on this site). You spend a lot of time above timberline on either Crags or Barr, but if you know the forecast and start early enough it's not necessarily a problem. September tends to have long, dry days, more so than the other months, but the foilage is also getting dry and brown by then.
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Re: Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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Thanks for the info. I'm contemplating some other beginner routes for a first timer as well like Gray's and Torreys or Mt. Bierstadt. I really want to do an overnighter though. Are there any other 14ers that have a common overnight option or camp?
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Re: Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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You could pack up into Missouri Gulch and have Belford, Oxford, Missouri, and some 13ers available to you.
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Re: Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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haala wrote: Fri Mar 08, 2024 5:42 pm Thanks for the info. I'm contemplating some other beginner routes for a first timer as well like Gray's and Torreys or Mt. Bierstadt. I really want to do an overnighter though. Are there any other 14ers that have a common overnight option or camp?
Harvard/Columbia via Horn Fork Basin is a nice option for overnight backpacking trip. The best sites are on the Mt. Columbia trail after the split with the Mt. Harvard trail. You can find all the details on this site (routes/trip reports).
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Re: Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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I'd be down to hike with you! I'll be I'm town the 20-30th
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Re: Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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June is the transitional month from late winter to summer. The beginning of the month could have have near continuous snow above treeline. And mostly gone by July 1. It depends if it snows a lot or little in May. May-June snow is soggy during mid-day with waist-deep post-holing. Then ice when it freezes overnight; traction recommended.
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I did the Crags route during the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (car race) and really enjoyed it. I’m not into racing enough to go just for the race and not interested enough in the Crags side to do it without the race, so it was an interesting way to mix it up. If you’re set on an overnighter I’d recommend Barr trail instead, and try to find a ride back or take the cog down if you’re worried about too far of a round trip.
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Re: Pikes Peak (or similar), June, First 14er

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What route are you looking at? The Crags is great - of the nine times I've done Pikes, six were on that route, and at least three of those times were with people who had never done a 14er. You'll have better views than from Barr Trail, less parking hassles, and it's a heck of a lot shorter.

Keep an eye on the snowpack for sure, though. I can see the peak sitting here, from my window, and it's more snowpacked than I've seen it in years. There's an article about it here that you might want to check out, along with the link to the Snotel Site at Glen Cove. Looks like it's going to take some time to melt out.

https://denvergazette.com/outtherecolor ... 10628.html
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