Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slope
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  kman
 Date of Info:  04/21/2012
 Date Posted:  04/21/2012

Hiked up and down the Peak today (4-21-2012) with my brother, via Barr trail. From the Parking lot to Barr Camp, the trail is completely devoid of snow. From Barr Camp, to timberline, there are sporadic sections of ice where traction devices might be helpful - see picture #1. These areas had softened up nicely by the afternoon descent however. From timberline to the summit, the first mile (of the 3 miles from timberline to the summit) of the trail is pretty much wind-blown and devoid of snow with the last two miles snow-filled but nicely boot-packed and easy to follow. The trail does take a direct approach to the metal sign indicating the 16 Golden Stairs, as opposed to continuing south for one more switchback - see picture #2. Also, above the 16 Golden Stairs, the trail completely deviates from the standard route and takes a direct approach to the summit over an area of boulders, and has you summiting by the observation deck. My brother and I decided to "put a trail in" on the standard route to the summit which takes you further to the north and correctly right by the tribute plaque to Fred Barr and also brings you out on the summit by the metal trail mileage sign. Picture #3 shows my brother breaking trail behind me on the standard route just below the summit. Picture #4 (taken during the descent) shows the proverbial "fork in the road," where you can either continue on the standard trail to the summit which we are on, or head straight up over the boulders to the summit.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

thank you!!!
04/22/2012 12:14
headed down there for a summit today - was hoping that someone had posted something recent. thank you so much!!!


you're very welcome!
04/22/2012 18:37
Glad I could help out. Hope you had a successful hike/climb - you picked a great day for it!


Thank you again!
04/22/2012 23:58
The hike was great really helped reading your report. BTW, I hiked the last 2 miles in the snow storm that is over the peak right now, so there is now fresh snow up there!!


Glad you made it!
04/23/2012 03:15
Happy that my report helped you. I did notice the huge clouds developing over the Peak in the afternoon, which can always be cause for concern. Looks like the weather (according to the forecast) will be deteriorating over the mountain this week, with increasing chances of snow and thunder each day. Congrats again!

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