Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Benji the Hunted
 Date of Info:  03/27/2012
 Date Posted:  03/28/2012

Lots of packed snow and some ice until clear of tree line. I didn't need spikes anywhere, but may have helped if I felt like putting them on and taking them off every 100 meters. Lots of side trails and going from dirt to snow makes the path somewhat difficult to follow below tree line. The trail also disappears under hard-packed, wind-scoured snow on the saddle at Devil's Playground. Finding the top wasn't hard from there, but I think my method was unconventional.

On the way back everything the could melt was either mud or slush.

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