Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Date Posted:  06/11/2008
Date Climbed:   06/10/2008
Author:  haybo01
 Pikes Peak - NW Slopes from Crags Campground  

We started out from the Crags Campground at 7:40 a.m. It took us 5 full hours to reach the summit, and 9 hours total including a 30 minute lunch/potty stop on top at the visitor's center. Sorry, we both forgot to bring our cameras so no pictures. Bill Middlebrook's description is pretty accurate with one exception, using a GPS device we measured our round-trip climb mileage at close to 13.5 miles.

The wind was brutal and took a lot out of us. Anyone planning to climb this route should plan for a strong and very unpleasant wind, especially above 11,000 feet. Our faces got sandblasted with dust and rocks on the upper part of the climb when you are near the road. You will want to have goggles or really good wrap-around sunglasses to keep the dust out of your eyes.

I have summited a 14'er 21 times, and this was by far the worst wind conditions I have faced. My climbing partner and I are both in good physical condition and this hike totally wiped us both out, mainly because of the very high winds.

My recommendation would be to start this climb by 6:00 a.m. or as early as you can possibly do it.

 Comments or Questions
CO Native

Don‘t trust GPS distance
06/11/2008 19:19
GPS devices have fluctuating accuracy especially through trees. This can exaggerate your distance greatly. Thanks for the report.

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Pikes via Crags
06/11/2008 22:29
Thanks for the report. I agree with your recommendation to start early. We started at 5am, today, Wednesday, June 11. Our round-trip time was 6.5 hours. Winds steady at 25 with gusts to 40. This route was much better than anticipated and we would recommend it to anyone.


06/13/2008 23:33
I have been up that route 5 times. Turned back three times and made the summit twice. The firs time I made it up the people at the top estimated the winds to be around 60 sustained and 75 gusts, and I believe it! The second was not as brutal but was pretty much the same with the wind. Congrats on Pikes.

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