Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  rscanlon
 Date of Info:  03/20/2013
 Date Posted:  03/22/2013

Trail is snowpacked almost all the way to the treeline. But about a mile or so (500 vertical feet) before treeline, the trail becomes less packed and you hike straight up slipping through the snow. Its killer, but you can still do it without snowshoes or microspikes. Once we hit treeline, we bee-lined towards the Devils Playground to get out of the wind. It was brutally windy and my friends decided to turn back because they didn't have warm enough gear (their feet were soaked and ankles were cut from the snow). I hiked a little more ahead just to get a view of the peak before turning around to catch back up with them. Above Devils Playground, most of the snow had blown off the slope but you obviously have no protection from the wind so a face mask is necessary.

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