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mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Crags Trail Date Climbed: August 31, 2002  Sucess!


I organized this trip for a group of friends on Labor Day weekend this year. There were 10 of us (I think I have lost track). I wasn't having such a good day due to lack of sleep and just took my time at the back of the pack. The mountain was surprisingly enjoyable given the number of people I was expecting and a holiday weekend and all. It was quite nice to have the restaurant/store at the top to hang out. A truly unique experience. Probably not a mountain I would ever climb again unless via the Barr Trail.
Posted Dec 27, 2002 8:29 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Barr trail Date Climbed: November 17, 2002  Sucess!


Started at 12:30pm on Saturday. A nice sunny, warm day down in Manitou. Lots of hikers and runners enjoying the Barr Trail. Made it up to Barr Camp by 3:45, where I relaxed and filled up on water. Continued onto the A-Frame. What a great shelter. Almost completely protected from the howling winds, and a wonderful view of the city lights below. The sunrise from here was phenomenol!

Started hiking again at 6am. I figured I'd be up at the summit by 9:00. Ha! Once above treeline, conditions deteriorated. The snow was deep in places, and I was glad I brought my snowshoes. The wind was fierce. The blowing snow covered up the trail in lots of places. Sometimes I could barely walk forward against the wind. My progress was sloowwww. At the start of the Golden Staircase, I pretty much lost the trail for good. I almost turned around at about 13,900' because I was convinced I couldn't make it up the steep, snow-covered slope, and it was getting late. But finally I did. Then I had one final, steep section to scramble. I could hear the train blow its whistle from just behind the ridge; I knew I was almost there. Finally, I peered over the ridge and saw the train and the summit house. I made it.

I shared the summit with a trainload of people (the highway was closed), and when the train left, it was just me and the Summit House staff. I rested, filled up with water again, and started back down. The top section was MUCH faster going down. After quickly losing the trail from the top, I glissaded down the east slope until catching the trail again at about 13,100'. I got to the A-Frame from the summit in 2 hours -- it had taken me 6 hours to get up.

After that it was just a lonnnng hike back down to Manitou. Got to the car at about 8:30pm.
Posted Nov 19, 2002 10:20 pm

HayesredRoute Climbed: Crags campground Date Climbed: Aug 2001  Sucess!
Steep well worn trail until you reach the road. Sad to see the Fat Guy chewing on a donut at the top. Overall very nice hike.
Posted Oct 31, 2002 12:30 pm

DaFreshmanRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: October 19, 2002  Sucess!
This puppy is loooooong. Of course you knew that already, I just thought I'd point it out again. You MUST find a pace you can keep without stopping frequently or you'll be on it a painfully long time. Personally I started a little after 6:00 and summited just a little after 2:00 pm - embarrasingly long, IMHO - especially since my partner was sipping coffee on top for an hour and a half before I dragged my raggedy @$$ up there.

Oh, incidentally, a one way ticket down on the cog is $16. Just in case you were...ya know...curious ;-)

BTW - fall is totally the time to do this peak. Less crowds, and its not swealtering hot on the opening switchbacks like it normally is in the summer.
Posted Oct 19, 2002 8:27 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Crags Campground - West Slope Date Climbed: September 8, 2002  Sucess!

Ed F

The route from Crags was a great alternative to the crowded Barr Trail. I was the only person on that side the whole day. The peak was crowded, even at 9am, with tourists. Strange to see so much stuff on a summit.
Posted Sep 14, 2002 8:50 pm

charles97Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: May 31, 1998  Sucess!


Forgive the late entry since I did this so long ago, but I was filling in summit logs for some other 14ers I did recently and thought I'd 'virtually bag' this one as well.

Pikes was the first 14er I did, and thinking back I dare say it is my favorite hike of all time. I don't think there's another trail to a 14er with more elevation gain. Loved hiking through the forest and seeing all the climate zones.

Coming from Phoenix, I had a tough time with the elevation, but a steady diet of Tylenol beginning the night before really helped. We started at 6:30 from the Cog Railway Station in Manitou and made summit around 14:00 (45 minute stop at Barr Camp for lunch).

We encountered snow before treeline, and completely lost the trail shortly after the treeline shelter. So we ended up taking the 'straightline' approach to the peak. Made the hike a little more interesting I'm sure as we were knee deep in snow at places. Mental note: snow shoes next time.

Going got really tough above 13,500 for me. Lost all sense of balance, and took a break after every 10 steps. But we made summit in good time, and thankfully, the weather was clear.

The best part of the trip was at the summit house enjoying a cup of hot cider, taking off the now soaked shoes and socks, and enjoying the stares of all the tourists on top. One gal asked 'did you hike all the way up here?', and I remember replying with a smile 'yeah, we sure did!'

One thing that peeved me was the lack of a hiking souvenir shirt at the shop. Everything said 'I survived the drive!' Big deal! What about 'I survived the hike???'

One bit of advice: take the Cog Railway down. I would have hated retracing our steps had we walked back down 13 miles! All in all, it was an awesome hike.
Posted Jul 9, 2002 5:35 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Drove to the top, climbed down then back up Date Climbed: August 6, 1999  Sucess!


I decided to drive to the summit and climb down to below 12000 feet and return to the summit. It turned out to be a pretty good way to do it since I didn't spend a long time on the trail that way and I did have to climb "at altitude".
Posted Jun 25, 2002 9:47 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Barr Trial Date Climbed: June 1994  Sucess!
Moved to Colorado Springs at the base of the mountain in 1994. Summited 1994, 1995, 1996, (missed 1997), 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and hope to keep summiting each year that I am here.

Before moving to Colorado I was hiker and backpacker. After moving here I started bagging peaks. I missed an ascent in 1997 because I had no one to go with and felt that I should not do it alone. Now I have built enough confidence that I do this alone if my friends are busy !

Every week I do at least a 2 hour hike on this mountain as one of my workouts. What a great mountain to have in my backyard. I love it!!!
Posted Jun 3, 2002 9:36 am

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: Aug 17, 18 1996  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Ran the 13 mile ascent in 4:28:53, then next day ran the marathon round trip in 6:30:15 with about a 4:30 split to the summit.
Posted May 19, 2002 4:09 pm

jeffnRoute Climbed: Barr Camp Date Climbed: September 98  Sucess!
3:20 up, Shivering and dehiderated on the train down.
Posted Apr 3, 2002 7:40 pm

mwalker2Route Climbed: Barr Camp Date Climbed: 11/4/2001  Sucess!


A lovely climb on a November weekend with amazingly perfect weather. Spent the night at Barr Camp on the way up - a cold night, but the day was warm. A quick hike up to the summit - disconcerting to be eating a hot sandwich in a snack bar at the summit, but then again, I appreciated the chair over the usual boulder, and then the long hike back to Manitou Springs. My longest hike in a day so far, me thinks. I'd like to do it again in actual winter.
Posted Feb 3, 2002 4:56 pm

clarkcwRoute Climbed: Crag's Campground Date Climbed: January 20, 2002  Sucess!
I have done Pikes before in the Pikes Peak half marathon. However, I have refused to do Pikes Peak in the Summber because of all of the tourists on the top who drive up or take the tram.

So, along with three buddies we decided to do Pikes in January. We took snow shoes; at the beginning we thought that we would not need them because the trail was packed. However, after about 2 miles into the hike the snowshoes were necessary and really made a difference.

After summiting we were blasted by horrible winds. I spilled a bit of water on my jacket and it froze within 2 seconds. We estimate that with the wind chill facor it was -50 degrees below F. But, we were the only ones on the summit so it was great! Make sure that you wear plenty of layers, have face protection, etc.

A tough hike, but a wonderful trip! I noticed that there were not too many winter reviews about Pikes . . . so here it is:

1. Wear many layers and be prepared.

2. No avalanche danger.

3. Make sure you are hydrated as our water froze.

4. Have fun . . . summiting in the winter is a great experience.
Posted Jan 20, 2002 9:36 pm

UlrichPrinzRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: July 1990  Sucess!


Did this thing in a quick decision after a rainy morning,

when the sun came out at noon.

I just took my waterbottle and a sweater and went jogging

up the hill. It took me less than half of the posted

time, but I was pretty happy to be able to catch a car

on the way down after that ;-)


Posted Jan 17, 2002 1:45 am

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 1998  Sucess!


good climb, can even catch a ride on the way down!!

(But dont tell anyone)
Posted Jan 16, 2002 7:29 am

spyder550Route Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


Great climb, trails well maintained. Very popular and crowed but great to get a workout on. Climbed and then descended in 9 hours the whole 26 miles! Had a college cross country runner as a partner and she helped me to keep the pace. We ran down the last three miles, unfortuniately I wrecked and sprained my ankle pretty good. Ohwell it is better now and I am think about doing Pikes again this winter.
Posted Dec 28, 2001 11:21 pm

HelgaRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: 10.27.01  Sucess!


Beautiful day, no significant clouds, absolutely gorgeous climb! Very windy for a while above the A frame. Sun had set for the last mile before reaching the summit. I estimate it was about 30 degrees. Had started trail at 7:00 am , rested too long at Barr Camp and didn't make it to the top until late which I would not do again. It was weird to find so many tourists by car on the summit after having not seen but few souls on trail . Took advantage of that and hitch hiked down the mountain, I felt like I deserved a free ride....hehe! (Last ride down with the cog railway is at 4:30 btw)
Posted Oct 28, 2001 4:30 am

odysseusRoute Climbed: Crags Campground TH Date Climbed: 8/19/2000  Sucess!


My partner and I elected to bag Pikes from the Northwest side, avoiding the Barr Trail parade. This was a great 14 miler, we only encountered one other climber on the trail. Upon reaching the Devil's Playground area, we discovered that the day we picked to climb was the day of the Pikes Peak Ascent Run - what a total zoo! The summit was covered in people. It was a relief to get off the top and back down on the trail!
Posted Aug 22, 2001 11:17 am

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: 9/1/95  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Stay at Barr Camp for a night and finish it in two days, the descent is rather quick!
Posted Aug 16, 2001 11:39 am

carpRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: July 9, 2000  Sucess!
I left Manitou Springs at 12:30a and arrived at the top by 10:30a. I had two long rests, one at Barr Camp and the other just above 11,000 ft. In addition to being tired, I needed to wait for the sun to start warming up the mountain. The Pikes Peak Manitou Springs Cog Railroad brought me back down.

Why did I climb at night? First, I am not in great shape and I knew I would not do so well in the heat of the day. Second, its better to be operating in the dark when you are fresh. Third, the Cog RR fills up quickly, my best chance to get a ride down was to arrive at the summit early. Fourth, the lightning display over the plains was awesome.
Posted Aug 3, 2001 5:39 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: 7/22/98  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Long, fairly boring day hike timed perfectly so at the summit I could watch obese flatlanders disembark the cog railway direct to eating cheese fries in the cafeteria. All the while I was starving because I didn't pack enough food...came pretty close to dumpster diving...need to ski the couliors on the east side next.
Posted Jul 24, 2001 9:11 pm

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