Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Date Posted:  03/31/2008
Date Climbed:   03/28/2008
Author:  Brad

 Barr Trail in March - no summit  

So I set out late from the TH under foggy conditions at 8:20 AM. This picture is early on the trail:
The hike up the W‘s was relatively nominal with little to no snow or ice, just what had fallen the night before. Shortly after No Name Creek the fog got real thick with it actually becoming ice fog and precipitating:
Fortunately that did not last long but the snow was beginning to thicken on the trail. Several icy spots exist by know. At 9800‘ I was treated to my first sun of the day, along with a view of Pikes Peak:
I continued on to Barr Camp, stopping for a snack and a chat with Neil. He indicated that he had been up to the top two days prior and another hiker had been up one day prior. Other than that the trail above camp was little traveled. After leaving camp I was treated to some nice views above the clouds:
The trail above camp had some tracks on it but was unused for the most part. As long as I kept to shadowy spots I stayed on top of the snow but the sunny spots let me fall right through, several times to my waist. A look at the trail above Barr Camp:
So, no summit but I made it 8.25 miles up the trail with 4690‘ gained but it was getting late (1:45 PM) so I headed home. I do plan on going back on the 11th of April for another round on the trail.

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 Comments or Questions
Ridge runner

02/01/2011 00:24
The first two pictures with the fog remind me of hikes in the Smokies. I really like your third picture with the rime on the trees though... I wish I could see more of that on my hikes. Even though you didn‘t reach the summit, over 16 miles roundtrip and 4690‘ of elevation gain is quite laudable.


Fog & Clouds
04/01/2008 13:34
Yeah, I feel good about the hike. It was a long day and I definitely got a workout. My wife actually convinced me to get up Saturday morning at 4:00 AM and do Pikes from the Crags but my boots were still soaked through so we ditched that plan, but we did get up at 4 AM, at least for half an hour. After I got above the clouds I could not stop looking down over them. It really gave me a sense of solitude on a traditionally busy trail near a large city.


04/01/2008 13:59
I love your third picture of Pike‘s and trees. Must have been pretty cool to see that in person! Nice job on the 16 miles. Barr Trail is always a beautiful hike (at least for me) even if you don‘t make the summit.

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