Took this route due to the Barr trail being to long for my time constraints
A strong wind-chill (-20F) turned us around 1,000' below Pikes Peak summit. Light fresh snow true to forecast gave us good winter climbing in April! Our buffs froze solid, with stinging ice chips in the incessant >45mph winds, contributed to a turn around or face frost-bite. Broke trail the entire way.
Climbed Barr trail once and the y-couloir once. Want to go back up via the hero traverse in the winter to avoid the crowds at the summit.
1968. My first Colorado 14er. Rode up with my family when I was 8 years old.
Twice from Crags
May be my least favorite summit. Tourists even in winter.
Hiked the whole Barr trail through the night and into the morning - a long day without sleep, but it was a great hike anyway!
Great day to hike. Ran out of water about treeline and drank from the springs at the staircase, reupped at the summit with fat tourists gawking at this "mountaineer." Had a nice jog back down in the rain. saw some Mountain goats near treeline.
With the fam as a youngster.
Auto race occurring on ascent, then joined by crowds from cog railway on top. This was the most food I've ever consumed on a 14er but made it back to Crags CG despite that.
Climbed to the summit many times, this one with my son is the most special.
Went with the girlfriend from the Crags Campground through Devil's Playground. Great hike and awesome weather. This was my 4th 14er behind Sneffels, Wetterhorn, and San Luis. This hike is much longer than I expected, although it is not technical in the slightest besides some snow patches towards the top which are probably gone now...I have a lot more respect for Pikes after climbing it. Be sure to get the doughnuts from the top whichever way you go.
Up from the Crags with wife and youngest son. My third time up Pikes Peak. My son found two geodetic survey markers within a dozen or so feet of each other. I believe both said 1953. I didn't know there were two. One for state, one for federal?
Pikes Peak Marathon, 6h 3x min. It was great fun
2nd try after first attempt 4 weeks ago. Much less snow this time and trail was already broken above treeline! Posthole-city on descent but can't complain because weather was PERFECT. Sunny and blue sky most of time! Wind at the right time to cool down!
Hiked up the Barr Trail over 2 days with my family to get a lay of the land before I ran the Pikes Peak Ascent on 8/16. Success both times though weather on the summit was bad in both instances so we saw no views.
Ran the Ascent in 3:45 in a snowstorm in August. Go figure!
3 time failed via the crags. took the wrong path, 2nd i attended a concert night before started way too late and a lil dehydrated, 3rd a snow storm hit and only had a windbreaker and no treking poles or anything. i'll try again in july 2013 way better prepared.
A nice climb, but prob won't be back.