This was my 7th time climbing Pikes Peak via the Barr Trail. This includes a climb back in '08, a training run and the Ascent in '15, and three training summits prior to the Marathon this year.
My best time yet in 4:24 up. Not disappointed at all. Figured I'd finally sign the climbing log.
Yeah, I drove up. Views were quite hazy, unfortunately. Made the side trip to the Devils Playground to tag the Teller COHP before heading to the airport (and tagging 3 more flatland COHPs on the way)
Expect a very long drive to the top if you go that route. Stop along the way for good pictures and rocks to climb.
Long tough drive to the top :p
Summited via the Crags route. 2nd one to summit by foot. of course lots of cars on top by the time i arrived.
Tried this one on May 31, 2015 and got turned around by a lightening storm while attempting the winter route. Got it this time
Up the east side, and down the Crags!!!!
I flew out solo from PA to Colorado Springs to have some mountain fun. On my second day in Colorado, I decided to head out to the Pike's trailhead and walk up a ways to check the Barr Trail out. I got on the trail at 8 am, and heading upwards with the goal of just getting to Barr Camp.
I ran into a hitchhiker from Arkansas at Barr Camp who was clearly not prepared for the trip. He couldn't believe I was already at Barr Camp, despite starting at 8 am... He said he had been on the mountain for two days already!! He was planning on camping somewhere around treeline. I suggested that going any higher with his poor physical condition, lack of experience, and lack of gear (all cotton clothing in the rain, decrepid backpack, sneakers, etc.) was probably not a good idea. I was then on my way... I'm not sure what ended up happening with him.
After Barr Camp, I decided I would go to the treeline and reevaluate the situation. Upon arrival at the treeline, I felt really good and the weather, while not ideal, didn't seem too bad. Onward I went for the summit.
Despite not having plans to summit, I was on the summit, in a white out, somewhere around 1:30 pm. Surprise, Surprise!! I had the summit to myself, but couldn't see 10 feet in front of me... oh well!
In the Cog Railroad Shop, I realized I had lost my debit card somewhere between the trailhead and the summit, which meant I had to put all of my food back. They let me keep the fires though, because I touched them with my bare hands lol.
I decided to head down quickly, since it was another 13 mile trek back to the car. At bout 12,500 feet, I ran into a British Army guy on his way up the the summit. He was struggling, and I didn't want to leave him alone, so back up I went... It sucked much worse on the second ascent, as the altitude was now kicking my Pennsylvania ass!
Eventually, we made the top! Two summits and not a single view of the valley below lol. Anyway, the guy was cool enough to grab me a train ticket for the trip down, since I hiked back up with him to the top. All in all, a hell of a day!
First mountain above 14.000 feet that I have "climbed" in a Ford Focus!
Did the big run. Ran up Incline in 34 mins, then over to Barr and up to Pikes. 4:15 up, then down Barr all the way to car, about 7:30 total time. I had expected an uninteresting hike but Barr Trail is truly awesome. Long but simply great. BTW I could not sustain a jog above 12k so I had to speed-hoof it which was much better. Hey, cut me a break! I'm human! Not easy to do 20+ miles when the very first mile ascends 2k feet. Lactic acid city! Enough griping.
long hike, just missed the speed attempt climber.
#1 8-21-15 on Memorial Day weekend made it to 13,700' on snowshoes before high winds and an electrical storm stopped us from climbing further. We'd followed the Barr Trail as far as the A-frame. So on our 2nd attempt we rode the Railway to Mtn View and hoofed it from there. Wow - so different sans snow.
Was visiting Colorado from England and had been hell-bent on doing Pikes Peak since the previous October. Unfortunately the weather was less-than-stable this particular week with daily thunder. Set off around sunrise (6am IIRC) with sunny conditions as far as Barr Camp where I arrived 9am. Tough going beyond there, was feeling the altitude. Beyond the A frame cloud came down and there was light hail, so was deliberating whether to carry on but the trail was good and there were a few people about so I did. Made it to the top circa 1.30pm and had the obligatory doughnut. Weather started deteriorating around 2pm with light snow starting and occasional thunder so hot footed it off the summit, catching up with someone I'd met on the summit. Went down to Barr Camp in rain (thankfully no more thunder) together and spent the night there, returning to Manitou the following morning in thick fog. Would like to return sometime in good weather!
Fun hike with the father on the Barr trail.
I can still picture the interminable Golden Staircase which finally led to the top. My friend and I camped at the little cabin which really made the peak easier. I can only imagine what doing this in one day must be like. Views out to the plains run for about 100 miles on a clear day. The Main Range is also very visible. I can remember being a little bit annoyed by the people who only "drove" to the top!
Drove up on a soul searching trip
Did the northern slopes route through the devils playground. Got some donuts at the top and had a great 4th of July.
Did this in 2 days with an overnight in a lean to at Barr Camp. My dad came along and we took the train down from the top.
I started from Devil's Playground, but it was still 3 miles up with over 1100 feet of elevation gain, so I'm counting it.
4th fourteener. Fantastic weather!