Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Date Posted:  11/19/2006
Date Climbed:   11/18/2006
Author:  Wes Bradshaw
 Pike‘s Peak Ascent - Barr Trail  

As Ecuador is getting closer by the day EJ and I elected to really push ourselves with an ascent of the Barr Trail. EJ is a quasi-native to Colorado Springs, so he had climbed the BT before but this was my first time. The Plan was to start early from the trailhead and catch the COG back down (the tickets were $30 each and ride took about 1 hour and 10 minutes). The climb went well and the trail conditions were amazing (dry) until Barr Camp but after Barr Camp the trail was faint and you had to posthole the entire way until you passed the A-Frame. Once past timberline the trail was difficult to follow and extremely icy, crampons are highly recommended. We staggered to the summit with only 15 minutes before the only train of the day headed down. Here are some condition photos . . . . .

Trail conditions all the way to Barr Camp

Trail conditions from Barr Camp to the A-frame

Icy conditions above timberline

Conditions nearing the top

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