Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  mrschaible
 Date of Info:  03/15/2013
 Date Posted:  03/16/2013

Did Pikes yesterday from the Crags. The trail is boot packed all the way to 11,400 where it continues north (wrong direction). Look for our tracks that head back south around the pine tree. This track will take you up the coulior to the north of the standard route and keep you out of any deep snow. Simply cross over the knoll and get back on the standard route. Once above the saddle it is pretty much barren dirt to the summit with a few excursions over extremely hard packed snow. Snow shoes and micro spikes are not required. Road to the trailhead is very sloppy but I made it in my Honda Civic with a few scrapes on the bottom.

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