Peak:  Pikes Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slope
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Scott P
 Date of Info:  05/26/2013
 Date Posted:  05/29/2013

I climbed Pikes Peak via the Barr Trail on the 26th.

The route was mostly clear of snow to timberline. The previous night was warm (47F at Barr Camp), so without the freezing night there was a lot of postholing.

Take good boots and gaiters. Snowshoes may or may not help, depending on conditions. Get an early start (i.e. don't wait for those pancakes in Barr Camp) for hard snow. Conditions should be fairly easy early in the morning, but with very soft snow once the sun starts heating the snow up.

For the upper 1/2 of the route above timberline, the trail is hard to find and almost everyone was going straight up the shallow gully. For the descent, an ice axe is definitely recommended and there was still some good glissading.

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