Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Date Posted:  09/11/2009
Modified:  10/20/2009
Date Climbed:   09/10/2009
Author:  ColoNativeinPA

 Pikes Peak from the Northwest  

My first 14er!

Boloed on Blanca in July (altitude sickness ~500ft from the summit)

Started out from Crags Campground at 6am.
Reached the summit at 10am.
Weather was great. Not a soul on the trail (Weekday hike)

Early part of the hike was uneventful. Sunrise was 6:41am but light enough to start at 6am. I found the cut off to 664A no problem.

At the beginning just going over the small foot bridges just before sun up. Very peaceful.

As the sun was starting to come up over the rise I was passing the large rock formation to the north. (Gotta Rock Climb this someday!)

The trail gets quite steep just before the break at the tree line. This photo is looking west and down hill just as the sun was coming up.

Sunrise looking west to the rest of the Rockies!

Above tree line on the way to Devils Playground no scrambling but the trail is steep.

Looking south and West across Devils Playground - Don't know the peak?

Be careful crossing the construction area during the week. the trucks and graters don't look for or care about hikers.

Pikes Peak from over the ridge. Geeze I think I have over 2.5 miles still to go!

I thought this looked cool, Pike Peak through the opening in the rocks prior to Devils Playground.

The view looking north just prior to the final pitch.
The hike up the final pitch was a challenge but it was very well marked and obviously well maintained.

Another view looking slightly further east

Me at the top with a pose I stole from someone that means a ton to me. "You're the best"

On the way down past Devils Playground very steep here and the gravel is loose -- Watch your step - I have a bruise on my keester!

I did bump into one other group just out for a day hike and they took my photo -- this is a lot better than how I looked on Blanca after altitude sickness.

This is the rock formation again on the way down just below tree level.Image

Did all of this kind of on the spur of the moment because I had some time to kill before a late flight.

The approach from Crags Campground is less than 1/2 for Barr's trail. Why don't more people take this approach?

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