Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  "Y" Couloir
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Nathan Hoobler
 Date of Info:  05/12/2012
 Date Posted:  05/12/2012

We climbed Pikes via the Y today. Yesterday, we climbed Barr Trail and stayed at Barr Camp. There was very little snow on the trail to that point. What was there was easily avoidable. From Barr Camp to the Bottomless Pit turnoff, again, there was little snow. As mentioned in the report last week, there are several annoying, but not too difficult sections of deeper snow to be navigated to get into the Pit. We didn‘t go all the way into the end of Bottomless Pit, but climbed the rocks just to the east of the Y and the south of Bottomless Pit to a saddle level with the junction of the Y and the Railroad Couloirs. From there, we traversed into the Y itself for a very enjoyable climb. The rock step in the right branch is the only serious technical challenge and it‘s easy to avoid with some moderate mixed terrain on the left.

We took the train down from the summit, which was a very, very pleasant way down. :-)

Pic 1 is the Y last week and shows our route today.
Pic 2 is a little before the junction.
Pic 3 is just before the rock step.
Pic 4 is after the rock step a little below the summit.

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

 Comments or Questions

05/13/2012 04:37
Thanks for posting! Congratulations on your summit!! Didn't think there would be too many people attempting the summit this weekend after all the new snow! Definitely some deep snow near the top!!

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