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mtnhappyRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: September 1, 2003  Sucess!

mtnhappy

What a great start to Sept! We backpacked through fog & drizzle & spent the night at Barr Camp. We reached the summit around 11am the following day, which was sunny & clear. This was the most i was ever physcially challenged--with the 7,000+ elevation gain. It was intense, but so worth it...for my 4th time on the mtn (twice on the cog & once on the hwy before). The day was perfect w/out a storm in sight. The summit was very crowded since it was Parent's Weekend at the Academy & the whole Academy seemed to be on the mtn...so avoid Labor Day weekend on the Peak if you don't want to be overwhelmed.
Posted Sep 2, 2003 8:31 pm

CanopyBoyRoute Climbed: West slope via Devils Playground Date Climbed: September 1, 2003  Sucess!
We only had time for the quick route up Pikes, which was not all that rewarding since the trailhead starts at around 12,900 feet. It was cold and there were patches of fog drifting all around us, which made it a fun and surreal climb. We descended the peak with a group of mountain goats, very cool. This is a great mountain, too bad there are always so many tourists.
Posted Sep 2, 2003 9:40 am

395guyRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: August 17, 2003  Sucess!

395guy

Pikes Peak Marathon. Summit in 3:28:21; back down in 1:57:32 for a total time of 5:25:53. 75th out of 801 runners. I surpassed my expectations by 30 minutes on each leg. Awesome race. Must-do marathon. Perfect weather. Sunshine kept the morning from being too cold. Cloud cover kept the afternoon from getting too hot.
Posted Aug 20, 2003 4:49 pm

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: West side via Devil's Playground Date Climbed: March 24, 2003  Sucess!

bernardhohman

From a high and cold camp near Devil's Playground the trip was easy. Summit totally to ourselves. Nice. The road was amazingly clear of snow. I kept waiting for cars to come rolling up.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 12:59 am

ogonzooRoute Climbed: Crags through The Devils Playground Date Climbed: July 19, 2003  Sucess!

ogonzoo

a few up hill grunts which gives this hike a class 2 rating. a nice hike to get pikes peak under your belt. this route is much less popular than the normal 26 mile class 1 barr trail. wonderful views. however a huge disappointment to do all that work, hit the summit and see a parking lot full of cars and buses... stay away from the restaurant food, pack in a sandwich and buy extra water and/Gatorade up top. i had their hamburger which was awful..
Posted Jul 21, 2003 7:49 pm

yronmanRoute Climbed: -none- Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!

yronman

Great mountain! Although we drove to the top, (not my choosing) the altitude and view was great. The weather was pretty bad on the way up, so there were only 20 at most on top. Sprinting is tough at 14000+ feet...
Posted Jul 18, 2003 2:51 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Barr Trail Date Climbed: February 22, 2003  Sucess!

rob_runkle

Great FIRST Winter climb. I climbed to Barr Camp the first night, arrived at around 9pm. Summited the next day and came down the third day. Basic, safe Winter climb, but long.
Posted May 29, 2003 6:17 pm

tonybell1Route Climbed: Pikes Peak road Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

tonybell1

"Foaming at the mouth" tourist scene
Posted May 28, 2003 7:39 pm

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Crags Date Climbed: May 11, 2003  Sucess!

mmoerk

Having done Barr Trail in the fall, I thought I'd try the "back way" up Pikes Peak. This is a nice route. Nice views above treeline. Once to Devils Playground you kind of parallel the road for a way but that wasn't so bad, especially this time of year when there aren't very many cars (still pretty snowy).
Posted May 14, 2003 9:01 am

climber46Route Climbed: Cog Railway Date Climbed: June 1985  Sucess!

climber46

My family and a family that is friends with my family rode the cog RR to the summit. It was truly awe-inspiring seeing the flora and fauna change all the way until we were above tree line and the snow next the the RR tracks was over 10 feet tall. I can see how this mountain could inspire the writing of "America the Beautiful." We enjoyed the summit and shopped in the summit store for awhile and then rode the train back down. Next time I want actaully climb this mountain!
Posted Apr 26, 2003 2:36 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: from The Crags  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2003

big_g

Did an overnighter and camped at the Devil's Playground. Cold and windy but not too cold and windy if you know what I mean. Actually not all that much snow up there.
Posted Mar 9, 2003 8:13 pm

Pencil PusherRoute Climbed: The road Date Climbed: Summer 1996  Sucess!

Pencil Pusher

A hard summit day, we drove to the top. Public Weenie #1.
Posted Mar 7, 2003 12:53 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Crags - 10,100 Date Climbed: Sept. 29, 2001  Sucess!

Grant

Nice hike, but a scary thunderstorm hit on the way down.
Posted Mar 6, 2003 3:26 pm

sskeepRoute Climbed: Crags Date Climbed: June 6, 2000  Sucess!

sskeep

We (Scott, Steve, Pat and Darryl) stayed in Cripple Creek last night to get used to the altitude since we live in Delaware at sea level. Went for a practice hike to the Crags which turned out to be a short hike, so before you know it we are heading for the summit! Once above the tree line there were beautiful views and still some snow. Got to the summit in late afternoon and had to hustle down before nightfall. Had a great day and went to do the Barr Trail the next day. Darryl
Posted Feb 24, 2003 7:12 pm

chef007Route Climbed: the Craigs Date Climbed: January 19 2003  Sucess!

chef007

Beutiful views all the way up. I was really impressed!
Posted Jan 21, 2003 5:57 pm

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

mtnhiker13

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!

mmoerk

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

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