Was going to start on the North Side, but it appeared to be a little longer of an approach and I had a lot on my itenery. So I decided to take this route up. Very steep at the beginning, then tapers off. With a final steep approach to the summit. Views were outstanding. Truely the best views I have ever seen from a summit.
The weather was fantastic. Still, and clear enough to see the tree line on Pikes Peak. The aspens were also golden. Its one of the prettiest summit I have ever seen. The climb itself was actually quite easy as the trail has less scree than other 14ers that I have climbed, and it also not very steep. But if you dont have a vehicle which can drive to the trail head, it can be a long day.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe