Pikes Peak Climber's Log
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|georgbetsy||Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: June 18th, 2005|
|Beautiful, hot weather. Great views. Exhausting, long hike. Interesting climate/scenery. Summit is an ugly parking lot! --> But I knew that beforehand. |
Definitely a worthwile hike. Lots of very nice people on the trail. + several "confused" tourists that had no idea what it meant to hike 25+ miles and 7400 ft.
|Posted Jun 18, 2005 11:35 pm|
|jrf||Route Climbed: Crag's Campground Date Climbed: May 28, 2005|
|Definitely a different type of experience. Hiking along the road for the last 2 miles was unusual. Tourists looked at me a little funny in the summit house. I had to haul back to treeline because of approaching weather.|
On the plus side, I really like the Crags route. Really nice approach and a nice trail for the most part. Most of the snow was gone so it was pretty much just a nice hike. Took about 7 hours RT (and my speed is average).
|Posted Jun 7, 2005 7:00 pm|
|jrviel||Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: May 29, 2004|
|Last 3 miles had about 15% snow cover which made hiking a challenge.|
|Posted May 28, 2005 9:10 pm|
|myrone||Route Climbed: From Crag's Campground Date Climbed: Sunday May 22,2005|
|Started up at 6:35AM with hard snow pack on the trail all the way up to tree line and beyond. I went up the ridge to the left of the saddle due to heavy snow. Crossed more snow going thru the notch at the rock wall near Devils Playground. Saw several race cars and motorcycles when crossing the road. Summited at 10:30AM stayed a half hour then back down, the warm weather made all the snow soft and postholing created more work heading down. Back to the car at 2:13PM, my 9th 14'er and another beautiful Colorado day, sweet!|
|Posted May 23, 2005 4:40 pm|
|ktiffany22||Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: May 31, 2004|
|Great day, hard work! ...but kinda makes you sick when you climb 7,400 feet in elevation, 13 miles in a day, and you get to the top only to find fat tourists eating hotdogs! ....dumb drivers!|
|Posted May 15, 2005 9:50 pm|
|csmcgranahan||Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: May 31, 2005|
|I saw relatively few people on this mid-week hike (at-least until the summit). Summited in about 6 hours after a pre-dawn start. Caught a ride down with my wife and her family who had driven up.|
|Posted Apr 2, 2005 8:39 pm|
|PikesPeak14110||Route Climbed: Road Date Climbed: July 9, 2004|
|We drove up. It was a scketchy way to get up but hey it's the highest ive been in my short lived 12 years on earth. My first 14er and 12th peak. My sisters 1st ever mountain. My dad was also with us, his 2nd time up the ole Pike.|
|Posted Feb 26, 2005 11:29 pm|
|pebblehopper||Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: August 1998|
|Pike's Peak Ascent....figure it counts as a first 14er. Cured my desire to run...permanently.|
|Posted Feb 21, 2005 4:09 pm|
|ColoradoScott||Route Climbed: Northwest Slopes from Crags Campground Date Climbed: August 4, 1985|
|I needed a nice long hike to prepare for Kit Carson the following weekend, so a buddy and I chose this one. I was surprised how remote and isolated we felt leaving the CG and hiking up a 14er on a very sketchy trail (it was almost 20 years ago). The solitude disappeared above timberline when we encountered the road and began climbing the tundra above it. Even stranger was the summit, where tourists from other states looked at us like Hillary and Tenzing!!! Oh, to be a flatlander with such low aspirations!|
|Posted Feb 4, 2005 11:45 am|
|Rob A||Route Climbed: Took the tram Date Climbed: Aug 1994|
|My first taste of the mountians. i was in grade school on family vacation. it was awsome. it was what got me hooked on the mountains.|
|Posted Jan 31, 2005 11:51 am|
|Richrat||Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: July 31st 2000|
|This was my first peak. The longest trail as well.|
|Posted Jan 30, 2005 8:53 pm|
|Paul Morrill||Route Climbed: Road from Cascade Date Climbed: September 1994|
|Scarry !!!!!!! No gardrails.............|
|Posted Jan 12, 2005 4:21 pm|
|woodstrider||Route Climbed: From Manitou Date Climbed: Aug 1991 and Aug 1976|
|I climbed this peak twice, why Aug? Because I like to take a nice vacation for my birthday. Both times I did not hike down, once I took the cog rail, another I hitchhiked. It was my first hike on one of the USA's bigger mountains. Beautiful!|
|Posted Jan 8, 2005 11:35 am|
|F Bomb||Route Climbed: Barr Trail from Manitou Date Climbed: 7/15/00|
|My first fourteener and I thought I was climbing Everest. Got off trail a little bit and had to do some scrambling. Got to the top and expected the band to start, but it was just a bunch of old people asking me to move my feet. Not a very enjoyable fourteener for this reason. Done.|
|Posted Jan 5, 2005 11:01 am|
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2005
|December 31 2004-January 2 2005|
Good 3-day hike with the CMC. My only complaint was too much snoring at Barr Camp. Had to leave at night and slept right on the snow (with a pad) under the stars.
May 25-27 2013
Today Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly and I hiked up to Barr Camp. The worst part was finding a place to park! The parking lots in Manitou Springs where they have a free shuttle don’t allow overnight parking. All the lots near the trailhead were full. We ended up parking at the Rodeway Inn at the east side of town and walking all the way to the nearest shuttle stop.
The trail was in good conditions, but with lots of runners to dodge. The crowds thinned out after the junction with the top of the Incline.
Along the way to Barr Camp, there was a nice looking rock peak that I just had to climb. The rest of the family waited behind while I climbed it. After the short side climb, it wasn’t far to Barr Camp.
We spent the rest of the afternoon playing horseshoes and other games.
The plan was for us all to climb Pikes Peak and have a nice lunch on top, but Kessler said that he didn't feel well in the morning. Because her brother wasn't going to go Shaylee didn't either.
I would climb the peak alone. Unfortunately, I hung around for breakfast at Barr Camp which would make the snow softer without an early start.
I climbed up the mountain and there wasn't much snow until timberline. After that there was a lot of snow and some postholing. Because the night before was a warm 46F, the snow was really soft and wet. Most people on the mountain turned back, but several made it including a 7 year old girl.
On top I had a nice lunch bought some presents for the rest of the family whom were waiting down at Barr Camp. After that it was soon good glissading down the mountain and a routine walk back. We all played games and cards in the afternoon and evening.
Today we packed up and headed down the mountain. We climbed a minor subpeak on the way down in order to have a good view of Pikes, but it was just a short side trip and an unranked peak.
Again, once we got to the top of the Incline, there were many joggers to dodge. Near the end we witnessed a rescue on the Incline.
At the bottom we walked to the shuttle stop and took the shuttle into town. The walk to the Rodeway Inn seemed a lot longer going back than it did on the way up.
|Posted Jan 2, 2005 9:02 pm|
|April Simmons||Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: September 16, 2002|
|The view from the top was nice, except for the dust.|
|Posted Dec 31, 2004 11:03 pm|
|Nyle Walton||Route Climbed: Road Date Climbed: October 14, 2001|
|Pikes Peak is an ideal mountain for a geezer 68 years old. I left my wife in bed with a bad cold at the motel in Colorado Springs and in a Lincoln Continental drove passed the unmanned toll gate early in the morning and loitered for more than an hour inside the restaurant half way up until a road crew gave me permission to continue toward the top. Twenty minutes later I pulled into the summit parking lot and teetered around dizzily gasping for breath for over an hour as more motorists made it to the summit. I triumphantly posed for a picture in front of the restaurant next to the sign announcing Pikes Peak and its altitude above sea level before undertaking the arduous descent that numbed my forearms holding fast to the steering wheel. Upon my return to the motel, the only comment my wife had about my triumph was "what kept you?"|
I can't imagine why one would want to hike or run to the top of Pikes Peak when one can get up there in the sedentary comfort of a luxury car. It's not that I am lazy. In my youth I scaled a number of famous peaks. However I always chose the easiest way up. For example at age 21 with the help of a guide I climbed the Matterhorn via the Hornli Ridge. Earlier I had climbed the Grand Teton and Mount Rainier, both with guides. On the Mexican volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Orizaba I did not need a guide. In 1959 I roped up Mont Blanc from the Refuge de Gouter between two German luftwaffe officers. In the Andes I climbed Huayna Potosi, Vallunaraju, and Huascaran with experienced climbers. However in old age with heart problems I must get my mountaineering buzz behind the wheel of a luxury car or leasurely browse the photographs in Summitpost.
|Posted Nov 24, 2004 11:57 am|
|csmcgranahan||Route Climbed: Barr Trail from Manitou Springs Date Climbed: September 26, 2004|
|Hiked up the Barr Trail from Manitou Springs on a partly cloudy day. Having moved to Colorado Springs earlier in the year this was the third time I'd summited the great peak that is visible from my master bedroom. What a view every morning!|
|Posted Oct 31, 2004 9:43 pm|
|Ed F||Route Climbed: Pikes Peak Ascent from downtown Manitou Springs Date Climbed: August 22, 2004|
|Did the Pikes Peak Ascent for the first time. Crazy! It was like a cattle drive to the summit. Definitely one of the tougher things I've ever done. I only managed to run the first 2 miles and the middle 3. |
13.32 miles, 7,815 vertical feet. It hurts just to see those numbers....
|Posted Oct 24, 2004 12:32 pm|
|Natasha||Route Climbed: Crags Date Climbed: December 29, 2002|
|What a great hike! Packed trail and little snow negated the need for snowshoes or crampons. Overcast for the lower elevations, but at ~12,000 ft we popped out over the clouds and had sunshine the remainder of the hike. VERY, VERY, cold though with high winds. Was very thankful for my balaclava and goggles. Kind of eerie at the top with the gift shop shutdown and not a soul to be found...I'm so used to 100's of tourists milling about with donuts and cigarettes in hand. :)|
|Posted Oct 14, 2004 2:52 pm|