Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  sully0321
 Date of Info:  04/28/2013
 Date Posted:  04/30/2013

Road to Crags and TH parking is muddy and mostly clear of ice. 2wd should not have a problem. Crags CG is of course still closed for the season and largely drifted in still. Several camp spots accessible along the road.

Trail from th to just below treeline was very icy in the morning, with the temps hovering in the mid 20s until sunrise warmed things up. Above treeline there was still a fair bit of snow. Post holing was not an issue in the early morning. Significant melting took place between the trip up and back down. Snow was softer on the return trip but there was far less of it to deal with, only minor post holing back to treeline. From there it was icy mixed with slush and running/standing water over ice. A good set of micro spikes is invaluable for below treeline right now. Did not bring snowshoes and am glad, they would have been unnecessary. With the continued warm weather since Sunday, likely more snow has disappeared. That is until we get our next spring snow on Wednesday.

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