Northwest Slopes (from Crags Camp) Climber's Log

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CORDILLERAORIENTAL - Nov 27, 2016 5:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2016

Summit from The Crags  Sucess!

Started just before 4am and summited just before 10am. Then the rain, hail, lightning moved in..... VERY scary at Devil's Playground! The thunder/lightning was right on top of us. We did everything right by getting an alpine start and summiting long before noon, but the mountain had other plans for us. Oh, and the forecast was for a bluebird day with temps in the 80's! Next morning, Pikes was covered in snow...


MissH - Jun 7, 2015 6:23 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2015

Spring?  Sucess!

Stormy weather, mashed-potato snow, postholing crotch high in places made for frustrating and tiring hike. Definitely worth it.


ericd - Jun 7, 2015 12:56 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2015

Crags NW approach  Sucess!

Crags NW approach allowed us to wake up at a reasonable hour in Denver to climb. Started at 7am, summit at 1pm, down at 6pm. Nice trail till tree line (at 11,800') then increasing post-holing (up to our calfs) in places. Warm day, rain storms with a little wind, but could of been worse with the notorious lightening inside the playground. Face protection ideal for the ice pellets/exposure.


mattdalman - Sep 24, 2014 10:22 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2014

Good route  Sucess!

Camped at Crags Campground and had a great solo climb.

alpineair - Oct 29, 2013 2:05 pm

Good route.  Sucess!

Winter ascent. The best way to get this peak if you don't like crowds.


telemarkdude - Oct 12, 2012 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 1998

Nice Ski Tour  Sucess!

Done this route numerous times. It's so much better than hiking through the crowds on the Barr Trail. Favorite time is Spring on tele skis; coming down the bowl from Devil's Playground is a blast!


belexes - Sep 11, 2011 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011

Pikes Peak & Devils Playground  Sucess!

We camped the night before and summited Pikes and the Devils Playground on Saturday.


jsdratm - Jun 16, 2011 7:17 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2011

Successful  Sucess!

Trail was clear except for some snow patches near the road. It was a lot better than hiking Barr Trail since I didn't have hundreds of trail runners and tourists to contend with. It also has great views after you get past the treeline.


jamesmh - Nov 30, 2008 11:26 am Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2008

I'd like to try this route when the road is closed  Sucess!

I had a really fun time on this hike, even though the wind was pretty wicked after getting up to the road crossing. I found the road super obnoxious. I think that some EF! action is warranted to get this road, ummmm, "closed"... let tourists take the cog RR and cut off the steady stream of SUVs that detracts from the experience of this mountain. I guess next time I'll try a different route. Lovely hike, though, and a great view!


James_W - May 25, 2008 8:56 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2008

Beautiful May Day  Sucess!

Ended my vist to the ridges on the north and east side of Pikes on this trail, very well marked.

Kenneth.alone - Apr 16, 2008 2:22 am Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2007

Sweet  Sucess!

This was 50th climb of this route! And my 61st time to summit pikes! maybe i hold some sort of record?


rpace - Sep 2, 2006 5:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

Pikes Peak 1  Sucess!

I have never done Barr's Trail, but this seems like a much better alternative.

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