Long climb, distance wise. Not difficult. Beautiful views.
Snowed about a foot or two a few days beforehand and I was apparently the one to break trail. Lost the trail a couple times on the way up. Moderate amount of post-holing to get to the toll road. Never could find the trail after that, so lots of post-holing again. Post-holing while doing the rock scramble was particularly unpleasant. Made the top as the throngs of cars began to arrive for the day. Thankfully, I was able to hitch a ride down to where the trail first intersects the road and eliminate some brutal down-hiking.
While my wife visited the summit visitor's building/tourist shop with me, she wasn't game to visit the actual highest point with me since that point was in the middle of an active construction zone. In my discussion with one of the vendors who works on that mountain, I was told that when construction is finished in a year or so, everything including the summit benchmark will be put back in it's original condition. Yeah right!!!
Left Manitou at dawn, summited mid afternoon, hitch-hiked down. A lot of work for a 'hiker's peak.'
We started hiking at 5:10 a.m. and summited at 11:10 a.m. Beautiful day with few clouds in the sky. Luckily for us, we have some friends in Colorado Springs that wanted to drive to the top. Got a nice ride down. Saw maybe 10 people tops on the Barr Trail and most near the top.
Last 14er in the Front Range, crowded summit
Pikes Peak Marathon
Up the Barr Trail out of Manitou. Took two days as I wasn’t in great shape.
Climbed up from NW Slopes starting at Crags Campground. Good route, tiring but not extra challenging.
First fourteener. Manitou via Barr trail, it was a nice day.
via Barr Trail. One of the nicest graded trails I've had the pleasure of being on. It was quite the culture shock seeing all the fat people on top complaining about the lack of starbucks on the top or whatever the equivalent is.
Took the railway up... extremely windy at the top! Beautiful blue skies around noon (though views were hazy), but even with the cool weather and fall colors, a huge thunderstorm built over the mountain and ended up covering the state all the way to the Kansas border.
We rented road bikes to ascent Pikes Peak. Our first time on road bikes, which was a really cool challenge. Crazy to ascent such a high mountain by road bike.
Great training run on Barr Trail for Mt Rainier. Overnight at Barr Camp. Got the spaghetti dinner. It was worth it!
Lots of people on top!
Lots of activity at summit for some sort of auto race.
A bit of weather at the top, but otherwise a fun day.
First time running. Could not ask for a much better day.