Quite a long route, and it doesn't help your tiredness when people jump out of their car to greet you at the top!
Ascended right side of the bowl out of Glen Cove and traversed over to the NW Slopes route at Devils Playground. Nabbed Little Pikes on the way up and Devils Playground Peak on the way down. Didn't intend to summit Pikes but was too enticing from the top of Little Pikes. 10.6 miles and 3050' vertical for a fun day.
Ran the Pikes Peak Marathon.
HUGE recent slide in the gully leading up to the Y. Looked like railroad had also recently slid. Interesting conditions in the Y, the right side was almost bare ice because it had slid. The left was wind loaded with a little bit of slab action. Had to stay on the left branch because a lot of slough off the right wall in the sun. A little sketch, but way fun, and a nice first summit of '09 a$$ kicker! Nice weather, NOBODY on top - until the train pulled in..:)
2/4/05 - From Crags Campground. My first winter summit!
5/2/09 - Y Couloir with an overnight stay at Barr Camp. A long and physically demanding route, but worth it for a climb of this classic couloir. It rained in Colorado Springs the whole time but we had lovely weather above the clouds.
3/19/16 - From Crags Campground on a cold final day of calendar winter. Dom's winter 14er finisher!!!
This was my 4th trip up the Y and we found the best conditions yet. A wet spring in the Front Range has brought prime conditions. Our goal was the elusive right branch, but it was too icy w/o a 2nd tool. We retreated and went up the middle branch, which was my third time up it.
In retrospect, backpacking to the a-frame was insane. On the way down I slightly tore my achilles heel and then two weeks later I had two-a-day football practices... Good times!
I'll count it on the tick list.
Was saving it for a human powered ascent, but my cousin was iin town and we only had the aftrernoon to bag it so we drove. Great summit, can't wait to go back and bag it the righth way.
Overnight at Barr Camp, then went for the summit. Gorgeous day, minimal wind, and stupid tourists walking around on top. I didn't spend too much time on the summit, but the east slopes of this peak remind me of Mt. Massive.
Windy day. Saw two people up there on Easter Day.
Wife, dog and I.
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.