tented 2 nights at Cold Springs campground. Beautiful weather for day of the climb. This is my consolation prize for an aborted attempt on Mount Rainier on 7 August.
Breezy, cloudy, drizzly conditions up and down - felt really nice considering the recent heatwave! Left Lunch Counter at 4:00am and found all the snow portions up to Pikers Peak still slushy with A LOT more sections of scree than in previous late-July summits. Not too crowded for a Saturday summit, the weather might've turned more than a few away.
hot at trailhead, and no snow on trail until just beneath lunch counter. had the place nearly to ourselves sunday night and even had a visit from a big mountain goat! hit the trail again for the summit climb at 5am monday with plenty of natural light - no need for a headlamp - and took exactly four hours to get to the summit. would have been easier at times with crampons, BUT, not worth the weight to carry them and mountaineering boots just for it. microspikes worked just fine. awesome glissade on the way down saved a ton of time. back at lunch counter lots of bugs harassed us until we packed up and left. final dusty slog back to car was longer than expected.
c2c summit - up in 7:15, 12 hours RT. Beautiful sunrise.
Toured up to the summit then skied down via SW Chutes. A great first ascent for me! First 1000' of skiing were dicey coming off the summit, but I had great corn until 7500' in the chutes!
Epic bluebird spring ski via SW chutes with a nice little hike in to the trailhead making for a long but perfect day with Mike:)
Climb and ski with G :)
Other than a little smoke from area fires, conditions were good. Warm, no wind. Added a couple miles trying to find the “best” trail with so many ways to ascend. Needed the spikes, plenty of ash and loose ragged volcanic rock requires patience! A little over 7 hrs RT.
Around 50 people attempted or summitted over the weekend, start at Cold Springs camp at 5AM, 2 hour easy hike to Lunch Counter, 2 hours up moderate slope snow wall to Piker's Peak, decided to class 3 scramble the west boulder talus field . Continued to cross the large saddle and ascend the last ~600 feet with no crampons to the summit at 10AM, cold and windy. First to glissade from peak to Piker's, rough but fun! Car to car round Trip 10 hours, took my time glissading and rested. Beautiful sunny afternoon!
Straightforward day hike to summit and back. Sulphur smell at the summit so still some geologic thermal activity. 3 foot tall sun cups, the tallest I have been amongst.
Climbed the South Spurt to summit after bivouacking at Lunch Counter. Good glissadde down from Piker's Peak
Good snow conditions, but this is a pretty long and boring walk. Glad to get the summit after failing on Adams Glacier a few years ago.
Did it as a day climb - south slope. Nice glissade off false summit. First of several successful summits. Used to take pediatric residents up every year for several years, (did it in two days with them)
About 8 hours car to car. Fun mountain, nice people.
Awesome, great climb! Weather was perfect. Had a great climbing team!
Awesome hike. As I recall there was a pineapple just chillin on the summit
Great hike in the middle of a smoky fire season
Great climb with near perfect conditions and a great summit view of all of the surrounding volcanoes. We stayed above the standard Lunch Counter area and let ourselves get a late start both days. We hit Pikers around noon and conditions were still a bit too hard for enjoyable glissading. Counted over 50 making the ascent around the same time - next time I'm bringing skis!
Celebrated my birthday with a solo trip up the South Spur camping at lunch counter. Perfect weather and snow conditions, but a bit hot on the thermometer only dipping into the 50's at night with almost no wind. Summit was comfortable though. That climb up to Piker's is a real bear!
Solo hike. Slept in my car at the South Climb trailhead Friday night, then left at 3:30am with clear skies. Stopped a couple times to put on sunscreen and crampons. Got to the top by 8:30am. Hung out at the top until 10:20, then hiked and glissasded back down. Got back to the car at 12:30 pm. The weather was perfect and it was busy. Well over 300 people, mostly skiers, on the mountain that day.