Loved it, beautiful scenery on this route
I have a goal of climbling Pikes in every month via a variety of routes. The West Fork is a gem. I would say it is the most scenic approach next to Bottomless Pit. We took advantage of the dry winter with a long winter day. I would highly recommend this as a loop route with descent of the Crags, but there is some private property to avoid. See TR.
Rocky snd Rubbly, was not the most pretty mountain i haave seen. The devils playground was much better and the rock formations were beautiful.
I cheated and drove to the top when I was stationed at Peterson AFB, CO. If I were there again, I would hike Barr Trail.
I took a friend from Idaho up the road to Devil's Playground. Since the rocks in that area are the high point of Teller County, we did that first and then on up to Pikes Peak. It was fitting first 14er for her.
on the cog rr. The first trip was with my son who was too little to hike up and the second was this past summer when I was with a group and we only had three hours to spend there. I am determined to hike the next time I am in Colorado Springs even if it takes me two days!
Right branch, exciting finish, great friends to climb with!
This was our 3rd trip to the mountain (2 winter attempts, 1 summit for me) and our first summit with Chris and Marni together for #15 (and Turbo #13). Low clouds all the way made the Devil's playground really cool although we hurried for the 3 miles or more above treeline before storms started booming. Long day as we hiked 5 miles extra at the start up to Crags and on the dirt road because I'm an idiot.
Climbed with Rob. Started Friday night late after work and topped out early Saturday AM via the Barr Trail in plenty of new snow and wind. Lots of fun in a small storm. Weather started to clear out on our way down and the sun came out.
Ran the Pikes Peak Marathon for my summit. Snow was flying at the top in August!
Climbed solo via the Crags with "Devils Playground Peak". Met my family (who drove) at the summit to celebrate my final ranked 14er in Colorado. We had taken the Cog up when I was 16 months old, so this was a fitting ending to this chapter of my climbing. Definitely the weirdest summit experience with all of the tourist facilities up top.
My wife's first 14'er and we also picked up the Teller County highpoint to make the day a two fer (county highpointing) and the second ultra for me in two days as I did Elbert the day before.
Early season ascent of the N couloir with Duane "Buzz" Inderdahl
Hiked the Barr Trail with an overnight in national forest near Barr Camp with my friend Keith. Had a cheeseburger and hot pretzel on the summit.
Hiked up the Craigs and then descended the Barr Trail. The Barr trail lasts forever and most of it is in the trees. Very bad descent. I hate the Barr Trail.
For the first time in seventeen 14er summits, I got altitude sickness, and I got it BAAAAD. Was feeling horrible, getting very sick on trail above 13000ft, and actually collapsed on the trail. Eventually made it up with the help from some friends (THANK YOU!!!)
Not surprising, though, I summitted Huron Peak the very next week and had no issues whatsoever. Soooo, hiking Pikes for the second time (first time back in July, 05) and getting altitude sickness must've been a fluke.
I climbed this with my 11 y/o daughter from the parking lot at the Devil's Playground. We got off to a very late start, after 1 PM. Since both her and I were not acclimated to this altitude, we were moving a slow pace. Whenever we did take breaks, I was usually occupying myself with fixing/enlarging some of the rock cairns. But when we noticed lightning starting to crack off in the distance, we attempted to make a lot faster pace. With lightning seemingly getting closer, we were very delighted to see my wife's SUV waiting in the parking lot.
Absolutely GREAT hike with amazing views..... I had a plane to catch out of Denver at 8 pm that evening, but ended up summiting and descending with plenty of time to spare. Left trail head at 9 am, summited at 1220 pm, returned to trail head by 230 pm. No wind at the summit.....Clouds were building as I descended. There was minimal snow on the trail. Perfect conditions!
Summited again with my husband 8/18/08.....This time, conditions were not as nice......Heavy fog and snow near the summit hid the upper trail on the Crag Route, and we ended up summiting via the road.
Got a late start from the Barr Trail TH, just before 9a. Cruised up the incline(boy is that thing steep), and up the Barr Trail. Trail conditions are great, very minimal snow, two 100ft patches at 13K, then small spotty patches from 13500ft to the summit. Clouds swirled all day, but nothing too threatening after the morning wind storm(60mph+). Made it in just over 6h RT.
Jim and I led a church trip of 12 people up the Crags route- 7 of them Summited a 14er for the FIRST-TIME! There were 20-30 mph sustained winds with gust of 40-45 at times which was crazy, but we still all summited and had a blast! This time (my 4th time summiting Pikes) I ate fries at the top:-)